Instructor: Dr. E. A. Schmidt Office: ED 4016
An on-site practicum-internship occurring in a school or agency setting with supervision by on-site and university supervisors. May be repeated based on the recommendation of the counseling faculty. Graded on a credit (CR), no credit (F) basis.
Prerequisites : COUN 5689, recommendation of COUN 5689 supervisor, and consent of COUN 5389 supervisors.
1. The student will demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical foundations of counseling, systematically articulate their own professional philosophy, and integrate this philosophy into practice. (CACREP IIK: 5b)
2. The student will demonstrate appropriate strategies and interventions that integrate theory, client assessment information, and professional counseling skills while providing a safe and secure therapeutic environment. (CACREP IIK: 5b, 5c)
3. The student will demonstrate a working knowledge of ethical standards, and an ability to exercise ethical, moral reasoning in all matters relative to professional practice. (CACREP IIK: 1h)
4. The student will demonstrate a commitment to becoming a responsible and contributing member of the counseling profession. (CACREP IIK: 5a)
5. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the ongoing relationship between a counselor's self-care and professional effectiveness. (CACREP IIK: 5a)
6. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of the client-counselor relationship. (CACREP IIK: 5b)
7. The student will demonstrate assimilation and accommodation of individual differences that include but are not limited to differences of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, spirituality, socioeconomic class, and educational level, the physically challenged, and implement this understanding in personal, professional and community relationships. (CACREP CC: A5)
8. The student will demonstrate the ability to select, administer, and interpret, assess and evaluate instruments and techniques. (CACREP IIK: 7g)
9. The student will demonstrate ethical and legal considerations as they apply to the selection, administration, and interpretation of instruments and techniques. (CACREP IIK: 7i)
10. The student will demonstrate the use of research to improve counseling effectiveness. (CACREP IIK: 8e)
11. The student will demonstrate ethical and legal considerations as they apply to the use of research. (CACREP IIK: 8f)
Objectives 1-11 meet CACREP Standards for CC:D, MFT: D, and SC: D.
Methods of Instruction:
Lectures via multiple multimedia formats (e.g., class discussions, powerpoint, handouts, etc.), outside activities, small group role plays, and experiential exercises.
The Internship is not just a collection of hours. Your work must be considered quality counseling by your supervisor(s). You must complete 300 hours this semester, of which 120 must occur in direct contact with clients. Session transcriptions, outside readings for particular situations, and other specific assignments may be required at the discretion of the supervisor.
A. Setting up your site -
1. Students arrange their own site placements. There are notebooks in the counseling suite designed and created by previous interns. These notebooks describe sites where students have worked. You may establish a site based on your own initiative as well. Simply clear it with me.
B. The staffings will be held in the education building. At the second meeting, you must bring:
3. Proof of your paid liability insurance;
staffing sessions are August 28, September 11, September 25, October 9, October 23, November 6, and November 20. In all staffings, be prepared to:
1. Present hours;
2. Give an evaluation of your last counseling session with a client;
3. Share your goal for the upcoming session with that client;
4. Discuss (in accordance with the Code of Ethics) any session(s) that you observed;
5. Be involved in all cases. Ask yourself, "What would I do?" as each case is discussed;
D. Keep appropriate documentation –
1. Document each weekly meeting with your supervisor. Remember to have your supervisor sign off at your weekly meetings, as well.
2. Some categories regarding direct and indirect hours are listed in the internship packet. However, you may have to adapt the categories to your particular setting.
E. Things to give me at the end of the semester –
INTERNSHIP ORIENTATION MANUAL
Your Agency’s Name
Address and Phone Number
3. A completed evaluation from your on-site supervisor (see internship packet).
F. Application for temporary license -
3. Make sure that I sign your “Practicum Documentation Form” for this class. If you do not have one, please see me.
Evaluations are on a credit/no credit basis. Consideration will be given to the student’s skill level, attendance, progress, participation at one’s site, participation in class meetings, ethical and professional demeanor, and the site-based supervisor's evaluation. Failure to interact with peers, facilitators, clients, supervisor(s), or faculty in a manner consistent with the performance expectations of a professional counselor may result in a failing grade in the course and a referral to a faculty review committee. Individuals who do not complete the requirements of the course by May 10 th will receive an F (failure to complete requirements) or PR (progress - which requires re-enrollment in the course).
If you fail to earn the required hours for this course, you will be required to re-enroll. You may re-enroll until you meet the hour requirement of the entire internship (total of 600 hours – 360 indirect and 240 direct over two semesters).
Texas State University seeks to provide reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with disabilities. This university will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal opportunity. It is the student’s responsibility to register with Disability Support Services and to contact the faculty member in a timely manner to arrange for appropriate accommodations.