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Clinical Experience

Students will complete the Intent to Pursue Practicum form (located in the Clinical Experiences Handbook) and file it with the Clinical Director by the appropriate deadline, the semester prior to enrolling into COU 5391 Practicum. Clinical Mental Health Counseling practicum provides an opportunity for students to perform, on a limited basis and under supervision, some of the major professional activities of a professional Clinical Mental Health counselor pertinent to the students’ program emphasis. It includes:

Practicum

  • A minimum of 75 hours of direct service work with clients
  • A minimum of 75 hours of guided participation in and observation of a variety of professional activities other than direct service (e.g., staff meetings, case conferences, coordination and administrative activities)
  • A minimum of one (1) hour per week of individual or triadic supervision on site
  • A minimum of one-and-a-half (1.5) hours per week supervision on campus or virtually through GoToTraining (or other secure video conferencing media)

Internship I

  • A minimum of 150 hours of direct service work with clients
  • A minimum of 150 hours of indirect service work with clients
  • A minimum of one (1) hour per week of individual or triadic supervision on site
  • A minimum of one-and-a-half (1.5) hours per week supervision on campus or virtually through GoToTraining (or other secure video conferencing media)

Internship II

  • A minimum of 150 hours of direct service work with clients
  • A minimum of 150 hours of indirect service work with clients
  • A minimum of one (1) hour per week of individual or triadic supervision on site
  • A minimum of one-and-a-half (1.5) hours per week supervision on campus or virtually through GoToTraining (or other secure video conferencing media) 

Field Site Responsibilities

Students will participate in field site activities according to the mode of operation of the setting.  During the Clinical Mental Health Counseling practicum, students are expected to perform, on a limited basis and under supervision, the principal professional activities of the Clinical Mental Health setting. 

The University delegates supervisory and administrative responsibility for field site activities to field site supervisors.  University faculty instructors and the CMHC Clinical Director will communicate and collaborate with field site supervisors regularly. 

If special problems or concerns (clinical, supervisory, interpersonal, etc.) develop, site supervisors are asked to contact the University faculty/supervisor in a timely fashion, depending on the nature of the problem.  It is the responsibility of the University faculty instructor to work with field site supervisors and students to resolve special problems or concerns.

At the end of the semester, site supervisors and faculty supervisors will complete evaluation forms, on which they assess students’ activities. 

For more detailed information about the CMHC Clinical Experience, please refer to the most current CMHC Clinical Experience Handbook

Counseling Internship Abroad

The Ecuador Internship

Students have an option to participate in the Ecuador Internship course and experience counseling in a third world setting while in the CMHC program. Students must have successfully completed COU 5391 Counseling Practicum and be enrolled in Internship I or II and have excellent counseling skills to be accepted to this course. Limited space available. The trip locale is a children’s home in Ecuador and involves counseling traumatized children and training house parents to interact therapeutically with the children; however, the location may change without notice. Students will be supervised by faculty as they accrue both direct and indirect hours towards their Internship I or II requirements. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to experience traditional Ecuadorian culture. Fee required.

The Kenya Internship

The Kenya Internship course is designed to develop culturally relevant counseling skills in a third world setting while in the CMHC program. Students must have successfully completed COU 5391 Counseling Practicum and be enrolled in Internship I or II and have excellent counseling skills to be accepted to this course. Limited space available. Students accepted into this internship are trained in evidence based trauma practices and will travel to one or more orphanages in Kenya to provide mental health services, addressing the effects of trauma on children and adolescents. Students are supervised by faculty as they work side by side assessing trauma symptoms and implementing treatment protocols. CMHC students have multiple opportunities to experience Kenyan culture. Fee required.