Master of Arts in Community Counseling

Responsibilities of the Licensed Faculty Supervisor

  • Meet weekly for one and half hours with the practicum/internship students in a group setting during each semester.
  • Discuss any questions/concerns that a student may have in regards to the practicum/internship experience.
  • Maintain confidentiality of those clients whose counseling sessions are taped for purposes of student critique. The Faculty Supervisor will ensure that all aspects of the practicum and internship experiences meet ethical standards.
  • Provide supervisory seminars with students to discuss common problems and experiences and to assist students in case study presentations.
  • Meet with individual students during scheduled consultation sessions.
  • Review student logs detailing activities and hours spent at their site.
  • Review audio/videotapes of the student's counseling sessions.
  • Discuss with each student their progress, techniques, procedures, policies, and developing relationships with clients and interdisciplinary professionals.
  • Review student work and accomplishment of goals and objectives to ensure the student is progressing and completing the requirements on the site.
  • Intervene when the student is receiving limited or restricted experiences on site.
  • Maintain appropriate records for grading and completion of an evaluation of the student's overall performance, including feedback provided by the on-site supervisor.

Responsibilities of the Practicum Coordinator

  • Verify that each student is adequately prepared for the practicum and internship experience.
  • Determine the number of students to be supervised at each site.
  • Assist the student in selecting the site for their practicum and internship experience. The Practicum Coordinator will make the initial contact with the on-site supervisor.
  • Serve as liaison between Missouri Valley College and the practicum/internship site to facilitate communication.
  • Be available for consultation and intervention, as necessary.
  • Contact the on-site supervisor a minimum of one time during the term to ensure the student is completing the on-site experience. Make at least one on-site visit to meet with the student and the on-site supervisor (if possible). If possible and permissible, observe the student in a counseling session at the site.
  • Be responsible for following and enforcing confidentiality practices, including HIPAA regulations.

Responsibilities of the On-Site Supervisor

  • Show proof of current licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or Licensed Psychologist.
  • Abide by the ACA as well as state ethical standards of the profession.
  • Have ongoing contact with the faculty Practicum Coordinator to assess the progress of the student throughout the on-site experience.
  • Orient the student to the agency. Arrange for appropriate working conditions as possible (e.g., privacy, designated setting for counseling). Acquaint student with staff members.
  • Define the student's responsibilities at the site, including expectations regarding holidays and breaks between semesters.
  • Arrange opportunities for the student to observe the on-site supervisor in appropriate activities, such as counseling sessions, consultation, and conferences.
  • Arrange for the student to be an active participant in staffing.
  • Assign appropriate readings.
  • Under supervision, familiarize the student with the administration of the assessment instruments that are used at the site.
  • Meet with the student at least one hour per week for on-site individual supervision. This supervision must include listening to case presentations, discussing client load, giving appropriate feedback, and observing the student provide services or reviewing tapes of sessions. Remember, the counselor-in-training is a student and relies on your expertise for growth as a helping professional.
  • Develop a plan for coverage of supervision when an emergency interferes with weekly on-site individual supervision.
  • Review student logs, accountability sheets and verify work completed.
  • Ensure that the student spends at least 40% of on-site time in direct client contact activities. Counseling activities should include one-on-one counseling, family counseling, or group work.
  • Provide opportunity for audio/videotaping sessions for critique by the college and on-site supervisor, or allow the Practicum Coordinator to directly observe sessions.
  • Complete the necessary evaluation forms, discuss them with the student, and send them to the Practicum Coordinator by the deadline for the semester.
  • The site supervisor who believes a student's behavior or skills are professionally unacceptable should bring this to the Practicum Coordinator. The Practicum Coordinator will coordinate with the on-site supervisor as well as the faculty supervisor to determine appropriate action (Appendix J).
  • The student should be allowed to have a variety of experiences as determined by the student's goals and objectives of the site. Examples of such activities may include, but are not limited to:
  Involvement (as appropriate) with staffing and related meetings
  Consultation (as appropriate) with staffing and related meetings
  Intake interviews
  Individual Counseling
  Group counseling (co-facilitating and facilitating)
  Family counseling
  Addictive disorders counseling
  Interdisciplinary team consultation
  Psycho-education activities (e.g., outreach, parenting classes, seminars, public relations activities)
  Report writing (e.g., records, treatment plans, case summaries)

Student Expectations and Responsibilities

The Master of Arts in Community Counseling (MACC) Practicum Student/Intern has the responsibility to read and understand the following documents prior to practicum and intership placement:

  • Practicum Handbook
  • Responsibilities of the Student
  • American Counseling Association's Code of Ethics and the Missouri statues pertaining to Licensed Professional Counselors, and rules of the Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountabilty Act (HIPAA) policies of training site
  • Policies provided by training site related to documentation, paperwork, and professional expectation

Responsibilities of the Student

  • Adhere to the American Counseling Associationís Code of Ethics, the Missouri statues pertaining to Licensed Professional Counselors, and rules of the Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors.
  • Abide by the rules outlined in the Graduate Catalog, Student Handbook, and Practicum Handbook.
  • Initiate contact with the established site supervisor only after approval has been granted by the Practicum Coordinator.
  • Be at the site on agreed upon days and BE ON TIME!
  • Fulfill the minimum numbers of hours required by the program.
  • Negotiate an agreement with the on-site supervisor regarding responsibilities during holidays and breaks between semesters.
  • Maintain a professional appearance (e.g., dress, hygiene, tattoos, piercings, etc.) that is in accordance with the on-site policy.
  • Develop a set of goals and objectives, both personal and professional: define what you wish to get from the practicum and internship experience.
  • Negotiate with the on-site supervisor developmentally appropriate goals and objectives. On-site experiences may include one-on-one counseling, group counseling, attending staffing, completing assigned readings, participating in in-service meetings for professional development, and organizing and conducting special training sessions for parents and interdisciplinary professionals.
  • Attend all supervision sessions, meetings, scheduled didactic activities, and any scheduled treatment team or other educational opportunities as outlined by the specific training site.
  • Be adequately prepared for supervision sessions.
  • Be respectful of and open to all appropriate critiques from supervisors, mentors, professionals representing other disciplines, and all other individuals serving in a supervisory capacity.
  • Seek feedback relative to general involvement and performance of responsibilities. Meet as required with the site supervisor for critique of work, including direct and indirect service.
  • Keep a daily log of client contact hours, indirect service hours, and supervisory hours in accordance with the supervisor's guidelines.
  • Secure appropriate liability insurance as outlined in Liability Insurance.
  • Obtain written consent from all clients in individual and group counseling before treatment begins. Obtain written parent/guardian consent for all clients under the age of 18 years.
  • Meet with the on-site supervisor and Practicum Coordinator for a final evaluation of the practicum and internship.