School of Psychology & Counseling

Site List and Instructions

A Community Practicum is an exciting experience where a student can begin developing the skills that will impact the rest of his or her career in mental health.

A School Practicum is an exciting and unique experience that is distinctly different from Community Counseling.

Identifying and interviewing with sites can take months so start early! At the same time, open your mind to a variety of experiences. As you know, God has a way of working everything out for His glory!

Instructions

On-Campus & Online Students (local to Regent campus): Community Practicum

  • Search through the SPC Field Placement Site List. This list provides you with placement options in a variety of community settings. The list is not comprehensive and you are welcome to look for other sites. Should you decide to follow this route, please read the instructions below under the Online Students (not local to Regent campus) heading for the process that must be followed.
  • Choose the top 3 sites you are interested in and include those site choices with your practicum paperwork that is to be submitted to the Field Placement Liaison (FPL) by the indicated deadline. Please do limit your list to 3 sites, if more are submitted only the top 3 will be considered.
  • The FPL will make first contact with all sites that students are interested in to determine who is interviewing students for practicum placement and will provide you with contact information for those sites. It is important to note that the FPL does not begin contacting sites until all paperwork has been submitted and processed.
  • E–mail resumes, complete application packages, or set up interviews as directed by the FPL.
  • When offered a placement by a site on the list, sign the Clinical/School Counseling Contract with the site supervisor.
  • Submit the completed Clinical/School Counseling Contract to the FPL, who will sign and return a fully signed copy to you and will then approve you for registration in Practicum & Advanced Skills.

Online Students (not local to Regent campus): Community Practicum

  • Research and identify potential sites in your area. You can check with the Field Placement Liaison (FPL) as there may be sites in your area that Regent already has a relationship with.
  • When submitting your practicum paperwork to the FPL, include the top 3 sites you are interested in. Make sure to include the street address and a website if the site has one.
  • Once the FPL has reviewed the information on your top 3 sites, you will be given permission to begin contacting these sites on your own. You may contact more than these 3 sites, however you do not need to send additional site information to the FPL when doing so.
  • Make sure you are familiar with the practicum requirements. You are expected to accumulate a minimum of 100 hours with at least 40 of those hours being direct service. Supervision is to be an average of one hour per week. Check with the FPL if you have questions regarding who can supervise a practicum student.
  • At the practicum level, direct hours can be (and usually are) spent observing and shadowing a clinician/supervisor as they counsel clients or facilitate group sessions. It can also be co-counseling a client or co-facilitating a group. Some sites may be willing to give a practicum student clients to work with on their own, but that is completely up to the site and not something you should expect.
  • Click here for talking points that can be used when discussing potential practicum with a site. This is also a good link to forward to potential sites if contacting them via e-mail.
  • Interview with any site that offers you that opportunity.
  • When offered placement by a site, notify the FPL and provide complete contact information [name of agency/practice, address, telephone number, contact person, and (if known) that person's e-mail address and the site's website].
  • The FPL will get in touch with the site to complete the site approval process BEFORE authorizing you to sign a Clinical/School Counseling Contract with the person who will serve as your supervisor.
  • Submit the completed Clinical/School Counseling Contract to the FPL, who will sign and return a fully signed copy to you and will then approve you for registration in Practicum & Advanced Skills.

Even though you will be contacting potential practicum sites on your own, it is important to know that you are not alone in this process. Contact the Field Placement Liaison if you have questions regarding a site. You may encounter a site that wishes to speak with a university representative first, and in those cases provide the complete contact information (as described above) to the FPL.

Make sure to provide updates of your progress to the FPL, do not wait until the last minute to inform the university of any problems in locating a site.

On-Campus & Online Students (local to Regent campus): School Practicum

FYI: School placements are not possible in the summer semester.

  • Refer to the SPC Field Placement Site List for a listing of the schools that Regent University works with for practicum placement.
  • Complete a school placement request form and submit it with your practicum paperwork. Choose just one school district.
  • The FPL will submit the placement request form to the school district on your behalf.
  • Be prepared to furnish any additional paperwork that may be required by the school district (i.e., application, resume, recommendations, official/unofficial transcripts, etc.)
  • When placement information is received, the FPL will notify you via e-mail and will then approve you for registration in Practicum & Advanced Skills.
  • You should contact the assigned counselor prior to the end of the current school year (for Fall placements) or prior to Christmas break (for Spring placements) and inquire if you can meet with them briefly.
  • The Clinical/School Counseling Contract is due by the end of the school district's pre-service week (for Fall placements) or by the end of the first week of class (for Spring placements).

Online Students (not local to Regent campus): School Practicum

FYI: School placements are not possible in the summer semester.

  • Research and identify school districts in your area.
  • Choose ONE of these school districts and submit a generic school placement request form (PRF) to the Field Placement Liaison (FPL) with your practicum paperwork. Include (separate from the PRF) contact information for that school district, including the website.
  • The FPL will submit the placement request to the school system on your behalf.
  • Be prepared to furnish any additional paperwork that may be required by the school district (i.e., application, resume, recommendations, official/unofficial transcripts, etc.).
  • When placement information is received, the FPL will notify you via e-mail and will then approve you for registration in Practicum & Advanced Skills.
  • You should contact the assigned counselor prior to the end of the current school year (for Fall placements) or prior to Christmas break (for Spring placements) and inquire if you can meet with them briefly.
  • The Clinical/School Counseling Contract is due by the end of the school district's Pre-Service week (for Fall placements) or by the end of the first week of class (for Spring placements).

Students are NOT to contact school districts or individual schools on their own. Many school districts have a prescribed placement process and we must follow those requirements.

What to do when you get an interview:

  • Wear business attire
  • Bring a copy of your resume, the Clinical/School Counseling Contract, and the Site Supervisors Quick Reference form.
  • Be able to discuss any information presented on these forms
  • Verify practicum qualifications.
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