COUN 699 - Internship Course

Application Deadline

Deadlines are non-negotiable.

The deadline to apply for Fall 2017 Practicum has passed.

Upcoming internship application deadlines:

  • Fall 2017: July 17, 2017
  • Spring 2018: Dec. 4, 2017
  • Summer 2018: March 26, 2018
     

Important Note

  • All approval documents must be submitted to the internship office through the SharePoint submission portal prior to the deadline listed above. No late documents will be accepted. Submission of the below forms does not mean automatic acceptance of the proposed site and/or supervisor; they must be approved first. Liberty University must validate the student's proposed site will provide a good educational experience and that it has adequate oversight and safeguards built in to ensure an appropriate clinical environment.
  • Students enrolled on a DCP prior to 2016-2017 will be permitted to complete their internship in 3 consecutive semesters. Any student enrolled on a 2016-2017 Graduate Counseling DCP will be required to complete the internship in 2 consecutive semesters (Internship I and Internship II).

Internship Opportunities

View Internship Opportunities

The Practicum/Internship Office offers state lists, for each state. These lists are compiled of sites previously used by Liberty students. If you would like a copy of a state site list sent to you, please email your request to internship@liberty.edu, with the state you would like a state site list for.


Program Changes

  • The official start date for Internship is the first official day of the academic semester.
  • The Internship course offered is an A-Term course and is a full-semester commitment.  Students will remain with their Internship site and supervisor for the duration of the academic semester. The course is 17 weeks in Fall and Spring semesters and 15 weeks in Summer.
  • Students are allowed a maximum of two sites and two supervisors for Internship.
  • Students must complete a Background Check or Re-Check through Castle Branch as part of Internship application. Please visit the Background Check website in the menu to the left for further instructions.
  • Students enrolled on the 2016-2017 DCP, please note the Internship will be split into 2 required semesters worth 3 credit hours each. Students enrolled in a DCP prior to 2016-2017 will be permitted to enroll in 3 consecutive semesters of Internship.

Application Process

Requirements and Preparation

  • Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the posted application deadline                         
  • Complete Prerequisites:
    • COUN Students: COUN 500, 501, 502, 504, 505, 506, 510, 512, 515, 521, 522, 646, 667, 698
      • All pre-requisites courses are non-negotiable and must be successfully completed prior to the start of Internship.    
      • Note: Students enrolled on a 2014-2015 and prior degree completion plan can only enroll in COUN 667 and the Internship in the same semester if their 667 Intensive occurs before or in the same month as the start date for the Internship. For example, if the Spring 2017 start date for the practicum is January 16, then to enroll in the Internship for the Spring 2017 term, the student must take the 667 Intensive in the month of January or before. If 667 is taken in February or March, then registration for the Practicum will be for the Summer 2017 term.            

  • Find an Internship site and supervisor.
  • Due to the potential time required in locating a site and supervisor, students are encouraged to begin looking for a site and supervisor three to four months prior to the application submission deadline.
  • Submit all the required approval paperwork through the online submission portal by the application deadline.
  • After your documents have been approved, you will receive an official approval email with your approved start date for earning hours. Upon approval, the Internship Office will manually register you for the course.
    • Students enrolled in 60-hour Professional Counseling program are required to submit two different time preferences for WebEx Faculty Group Supervision. Please be aware our office will do our best to place each student in one of the two time preferences selected. Our office cannot guarantee a specific day and time WebEx Faculty Group Supervision will be held as this is determined by the professor during Module/Week 1.

Disclaimer: Students are enrolled in Internship sections based on the Degree Completion Plan Audits submitted at the time of application for Internship. If a student switches Degree Completion Plans after submitting their Internship application, they will be responsible for notifying the Practicum and Internship Office immediately. The Practicum and Internship Office will not be able to switch students between Non-WebEx sections and WebEx sections mid-way through a semester, if Degree Completion Plans are switched and the Practicum and Internship Office is not notified.

Approval Documents

Internship Application Process

  • Degree Completion Plan Audit (Located under Student Tab in ASIST)
  • Castle Branch Background Check Receipt (Background Check and FBI fingerprinting) or Re-Check Background Check Receipt
  • Supervisor's License Verification (Found on your state counseling board website; includes name, license number, issue date, expiration date, & current/active).
  • Fieldwork Contract (signed by the supervisor)
    • Note: The Informed Consent and how the site maintains records will need to be submitted with a copy of the Fieldwork Contract for potential schools/church sites.

  • Supervisor & Site Information Form (signed by the site director, the supervisor, & the student)
  • On-Site Supervisor: an individual who is an employed counselor at the site you are applying to complete your Practicum at.
  • Off-Site Supervisor: an individual who is not an employed counselor at the site you are applying to complete your Practicum at, but has received approval to come on site and provide supervision.

Programs

Approval Documents: On-Site Supervisor

Approval Documents: Off-Site Supervisor

60-hour Professional Counseling Students

On-Site Approval Documents Off-Site Approval Documents

60-hour Marriage and Family Therapy/48-hour Professional Counseling Students

On-Site Approval Documents Off-Site Approval Documents

New York Only - 60-hour Professional Counseling Students

NY Professional Counseling Approval Documents

N/A: off-site supervisor not permitted

New York Only - 60 hour Marriage and Family Therapy Students

NY MFT Approval Documents

N/A: off-site supervisor not permitted

  • New York Students: Prior to submitting an internship application, please review the stipulations and current updates for students in New York on the States with Unique Requirements.
  • Digital Photo of Student (Professional Photo, Driver's License, or Student ID ONLY)
  • Copy of Student Liability Insurance Face Sheet
  • Please note: our office does not accept electronic signatures at this time

Affiliation Agreements

  • Affiliation Agreement (signed by site and student)
    • Have the appropriate person at your site fill out and sign this document and submit it with your application.
  • W-9 Form
    • All sites are now required to complete a W-9 Form as part of the Affiliation Agreement
    • Have the appropriate person at the site fill out and sign the W-9 From and submit it as one of the pages with your Affiliation Agreement
    • Why do I need this?
  • How to complete the Affiliation Agreement
    • This document is for instructional purposes only. This may not be used as the submission document.
  • Note: Student needs to submit completed Liberty University Affiliation Agreements or an Affiliation Agreement that is approved by Liberty University. Extensions will not be granted for Affiliation Agreement negotiations.

Important Documents


Changing/Adding Your Internship Site/Supervisor During a Semester

Students are allowed to switch site(s)/supervisor(s), add an additional site/supervisor, or drop a site/supervisor during their Internship experience. Please review our policy below.

Students must follow the procedures laid out in the "Site and Supervisor Change Procedures" document(s) below.

 

Disclaimer: If there is a change in the Site Director that is listed on the Site Information Form, our office will only need an updated Site Information Form with the new individual’s name and title. You will need to submit the updated Site Information Form via email to internship@liberty.edu.


Requesting an Additional Semester of Internship:

Once approved for your first semester of internship, you are eligible to enroll in up to 3 consecutive semesters of COUN 699 for students on a 2015-2016 and prior 60-hour Professional Counseling Degree, in order to complete all hours and requirements of the internship course. Students enrolled on 2016-2017 60-hour Professional Counseling degree are required to complete two semesters of Internship. You will submit your request for an additional semester of COUN 699 by completing a set of assignments in your COUN 699 course, through Blackboard.

  • The 3 assignments that you will need to complete are:
    • Internship Documentation Quiz
    • Internship Site/Supervisor Paperwork
    • Liability Insurance Face Sheet
  • If you plan to continue with your current, approved site(s) and supervisor(s), you will need to submit the following:
    • Fieldwork contract (one for each supervisor)
    • Liability Insurance Face Sheet
  • If you plan to switch your site(s) and/or supervisor(s), you will need to submit the following:
    • Fieldwork contract
    • Supervisor and site information form
    • License verification
    • Affiliation agreement
    • Liability Insurance Face sheet

Once you have completed the necessary steps, please email internship@liberty.edu to indicate that you have submitted your request for an additional semester.


Hour Requirements

Internship Course - COUN 699

Minimum Internship hours 600:                  

*For students in the Marriage & Family Therapy degree program, students' internship experiences must consist of work with couples, families, and individuals from a systems perspective, with the majority of the direct service clock hours occurring with couples and family units.

Note: Students need to check with their state counseling board for Internship requirements to their state.


Course Documents

Internship Course - COUN 699


Internship Sites

Below is a list of the types of sites that can typically be approved for internship fieldwork:

  • Counseling agency
  • Hospital
  • Private practice
  • University counseling center
  • Community services board
  • School*
  • Church**

*A potential school site must provide mental health services to elementary, middle, and/or high school-aged students. The site must use approved informed consent and maintain records of counseling sessions.

**A potential church site must be an established church counseling center/services that uses approved informed consent and maintains client records of counseling sessions.


Approved Supervisors for Internship

Examples of
Approved Supervisors

Examples of Supervisors
Not Approved

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Psychologist (LP) – a Psychologist that earned a doctoral degree in Psychology (Psy. D.)
  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (from an accredited university)
  • Psychiatrist
  • Doctorate degrees that are not in the counseling field or are unaccredited
  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) – with the only exception of the macro- or clinical- designations in the state of Michigan.
  • Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC)
  • Master of Divinity
  • Pastoral Counselors
  • School Counselors
  • Supervisors who are not licensed in the same state as the internship site.

Examinations - COUN Students

At the end of their counseling training, students who are enrolled in the 48 hour and 60 hour License Professional Counselor Track and Marriage and Family Therapy track must complete the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and the Integration exam. For more information please access the links listed below:


Contact List

The Contact List has been created in order to provide clarity on the different inboxes the Practicum and Internship Office oversees.