M.A. in Counseling
Overview of Practicum & Internship
The practicum and internship processes provide practical experience and supervision in areas consistent with academic and professional goals of the masterís student in Counseling. These field practices provide for advanced, real-world experience with delivery of counseling services and supervision of counselors-in-training.
Both the Practicum and Internship courses focus on the experiential learning characteristic of clinical experience in which students practice skills and attitudes reflective of basic training and education in the discipline of counseling. Students will be given the opportunity to continue to develop competency in chosen counseling dimension(s) through regular, supervised practice at their approved site. These courses are designed to prepare students to be leaders in the profession of counseling in both Christian and secular settings.
Clinical practica and internships in the School of Psychology & Counseling include face-to-face sessions with clients, classroom instruction, individual, triadic, and group supervision, and non-counseling related duties on-site. These field experiences can range from community to university and school settings. All clinical practices require professional supervision by qualified mental health or school counseling professionals. These hours will count towards counseling licensure or school counseling certification requirements.
Practicum is often the first counseling experience for students in the Master of Arts in Counseling program. As such, students are expected to generally observe and co-facilitate counseling situations using their basic attending skills and questioning techniques. M.A. practicum takes place in clinical community or K-12 school settings. Students complete a minimum of 100 clock hours during their practicum spread over the majority of the semester.
Counseling internship is a planned, field-based clinical experience following practicum where a student works with clients or students under supervision in order to further develop or refine their therapeutic skills in real-world settings. Students must be in good academic standing and complete no less than one-third of their program course requirements to be eligible for internship. Internship is a 600 hour (minimum) multi-semester experience.