COUN 598 Practicum

Deadline to apply for practicum in the 2015 summer semester:

February 22, 2015

Upcoming practicum application deadlines:

  • Fall 2015 - June 15, 2015
  • Spring 2016 - November 2, 2015
  • Summer 2016 - February 29, 2016

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Program Changes

  • Starting in spring 2014, students' start date to begin logging practicum hours will be no earlier than the first official day of the academic semester.
  • The COUN 598 practicum course is a full-semester commitment.  Students will remain with their practicum site and supervisor for the duration of the academic semester.  Students must complete all practicum hours and requirements within 1 academic semester.  
  • Due to the reduced number of minimum required hours, students can only be approved for 1 site and 1 supervisor in the practicum.
  • Students must complete a background check as part of practicum application.  Please visit the background check website in the menu to the left for further instructions.

Application Process

Requirements and Preparation

  • Must have 3.0 cumulative GPA or above by the posted application deadline                          
  • Complete Prerequisites: COUN 500, 501, 502, 505, 510, 646
    • All prerequisite courses are non-negotiable and must be successfully completed prior to the start of the Practicum.
    • Note: Students enrolled in a degree completion plan prior to 2013-2014 or took COUN 501 before Fall 2013 will not be required to complete COUN 500 as a prerequisite to COUN 598.                   
  • Find a practicum 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 3-4 months prior to the application submission deadline set by the practicum/internship office.
  • The practicum/internship office offers state site lists, for each state. These lists are compiled of sites and supervisors previously used by Liberty students. If you would like a copy of a state site list sent to you, please email your request to
  • 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 approval email with your start date for earning hours. The Practicum Team will register you for the course. 
  • Please note that the COUN 598 practicum course is only offered in the A term of each semester.  This means that it is a full-semester course.  The course is approximately 17 weeks in the fall and spring semesters and 14 weeks in summer. 

Approval Documents

Important Documents

Hour Requirements

Practicum - COUN 598

Minimum Practicum Hours 100:

Course Documents

Practicum - COUN 598 

Practicum Sites

Below is a list of the types of sites that can typically be approved for practicum 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 Practicum

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. or Ed.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 practicum site.