CMHC 698 Practicum

Application Deadlines

 Deadlines are non-negotiable.

The deadline to apply for Spring 2018 Practicum has passed.

Upcoming Practicum application deadlines:

  • Summer 2018: Feb. 26, 2018
  • Fall 2018: June 18, 2018
  • Spring 2019: November 5, 2018
  • Summer 2019: February 18, 2019

Important Note

  • All approval documents must be submitted to the Practicum 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 that 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.

Practicum Sites

View Practicum Opportunities

The Practicum/Internship Office offers state site 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 CMHCpracticum@liberty.edu.

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.


Program Information

  • The official start date for the Practicum is the first official day of the academic semester.
  • The Practicum course offered is an A-Term course and 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 one 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 Practicum.

Application Process

Requirements and Preparation

  • Must have 3.0 cumulative GPA or above by the posted application deadline                        
  • Complete Prerequisites: CMHC 500, 501, 502, 504, 505, 510, 512, 515 (formally 503), 521, 522, 646, 667*
    • All prerequisite courses are non-negotiable and must be successfully completed prior to the start of the Practicum.   
    •   *CMHC students can only enroll in COUN 667 and the Practicum in the same semester as this is the only pre-requisite that can be taken concurrently with CMHC 698 Practicum.
  • 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 three to four months prior to the application submission deadline set by the Practicum/Internship Office.
    • Supervisor Responsibility Form
    • 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.
  • After your documents have been approved, you will receive an official approval email with your approved start date for earning hours. Upon approval, the Practicum Office will manually register you for the course.
  • Liberty University vs. your state comparison of requirements

Disclaimer: Students are enrolled in Practicum sections based on the Degree Completion Plan Audits submitted at the time of application for Practicum. If a student switches Degree Completion Plans after submitting their Practicum application, they will be responsible for notifying the Practicum and Internship Office immediately.

*International Graduate Students must receive approval for what is called “Curricular Practical Training” (CPT) for any internships, regardless of whether they are paid or unpaid. The CPT Document must be filled out with the Practicum & Internship office and submitted to the student’s International Student Advisor for approval. 

Questions can be directed to mystatus@liberty.edu or by the student making an appointment to meet with an advisor at (434) 592-4118.

Approval Documents

Practicum Application Process

Note: The informed consent and how the site maintains records will need to be submitted with a copy of the Fieldwork Contract for potential school/church sites.


Hour Requirements

Practicum - CMHC 698

Minimum Practicum Hours 100:

Note: Students need to check with their state counseling board for Practicum requirements for the state they wish to be licensed in.


Course Documents

Practicum - CMHC 698 


Changing/Adding Your Practicum Site/Supervisor

Students are allowed to switch site(s)/supervisor(s), add an additional site/supervisor, or drop a site/supervisor during their Practicum experience. Please review our policy 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 cmhcpracticum@liberty.edu.


Approved Supervisors for Practicum

Examples of Approved Supervisors

  • 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

Examples of Supervisors Not Approved

  • 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.

Contact

Carter Building
701 Thomas Road

Please email to request an appointment
CMHCpracticum@liberty.edu