COUN 699 Internship

60-Hour Professional Counseling

Application Deadline

Deadlines are non-negotiable.

Fall 2018 Internship application deadline has passed.

Upcoming internship application deadlines:

  • Spring 2019: December 3, 2018
  • Summer 2019: March 18, 2019
  • Fall 2019: July 22, 2019
  • Spring 2020: December 9, 2019

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 2016-2017 DCP forward, please note the Internship is split into 2 required semesters worth 3 credit hours each. Students enrolled on a 2016-2017 DCP or prior will be permitted to enroll in 3 consecutive semesters of Internship.

  • WebEx Faculty Group Supervision

    • Students enrolled in 60-hour Professional Counseling program are required to submit two different time preferences for WebEx Faculty Group Supervision. This class will meet once a week for 90 minutes and attendance is a requirement for successfully completing Counseling Practicum (COUN 698)/Counseling Internship (COUN 699). 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.

      Students should select their top two preferences with the understanding that they will be required to keep all days and times within those preferences available until their meeting day/time has been assigned by their professor. It is the student’s responsibility to know when important meetings or activities are scheduled at their site or with their supervisor. Students should not choose time preferences that conflict with these. The following should be referred to when choosing the best preferences:

  • Weekday: Mon.-Fri.
  • Weekend: Sat.-Sun.
  • Morning: 6-11:30 a.m. (start time)
  • Afternoon: 12-4:30 p.m. (start time)
  • Evening: 5-9:30 p.m. (start time)

Internship Sites

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.

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.


Internship Information

  • 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.
  • Liberty University vs. your state comparison of requirements

Application Process

Requirements and Preparation

  • Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the posted application deadline
  • Complete Prerequisites:
    • Orientation to Counselor Profession Identity & Function (COUN 500)
    • Ethical & Legal Issues in Counseling (COUN 501)
    • Human Growth & Development (COUN 502)
    • Multicultural Counseling (COUN 504)
    • Counseling Techniques & the Helping Relationship (COUN 505)
    • Integration of Spirituality & Counseling (COUN 506)
    • Theories of Counseling (COUN 510)
    • Group Counseling (COUN 512)
    • Research & Program Evaluation (COUN 515)
    • Assessment Techniques in Counseling (COUN 521)
    • Career Development & Counseling (COUN 522)
    • Psychopathology & Counseling (COUN 646)
    • Clinical Diagnosis & Treatment Planning (COUN 667)
      • *COUN students can only enroll in Clinical Diagnosis & Treatment Planning (COUN 667) and the Counseling Practicum (COUN 698) in the same semester if their Clinical Diagnosis & Treatment Planning (COUN 667) Intensive occurs before or in the same month as the start date for the Counseling Practicum (COUN 698).  Students cannot enroll in Clinical Diagnosis & Treatment Planning (COUN 667) and the Counseling Practicum (COUN 698) in the same semester if they are enrolled in an online section of Clinical Diagnosis & Treatment Planning (COUN 667).

    • Counseling Practicum (COUN 698)
      • All pre-requisites courses are non-negotiable and must be successfully completed prior to the start of Internship.    
  • 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.
    • Discuss the Professional Counseling Supervisor's Responsibilities with potential supervisors
    • On-Site Supervisor: an individual who is an employed counselor at the site you are applying to complete your Internship at.
    • Off-Site Supervisor: an individual who is not an employed counselor at the site you are applying to complete your Internship 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 Internship Office will manually register you for the course.
  • Liberty University Employees: If you are an employee of Liberty University, please email internship@liberty.edu to notify the Practicum/Internship Office of your application submission for Counseling Internship (COUN 699) in order for our office to review/approve your Practicum/Internship application prior to the Continuing Education deadline. 

Disclaimer: Students are enrolled in Counseling Internship (COUN 699) 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

Counseling Internship (COUN 699) Application Process

 


Hour Requirements

Counseling Internship (COUN 699)

Minimum Internship hours: 600

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


Course Documents

Counseling Internship (COUN 699)


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.

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 Counseling Internship (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 in 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 Counseling Internship (COUN 699) by completing a set of assignments in your Counseling Internship (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/site)
    • 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 forms
    • 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.


Approved Supervisors for Internship

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 preferably earned a doctoral degree in Psychology (Psy. D.)
    • All other degrees are reviewed case by case by the Practicum/Internship Office
  • 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

Email internship@liberty.edu to request an appointment.

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