COUN 698 Practicum

60-Hour Professional Counseling

Application Deadlines

 Deadlines are non-negotiable.

The deadline for Fall 2018 Practicum applications has passed.

Upcoming Practicum application deadlines:

  • Spring 2019: November 5, 2018
  • Summer 2019: Feb. 8, 2019
  • Fall 2019: June 17, 2019
  • Spring 2020: November 4, 2019

Important Notes

  • 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.
  • 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 a.m.–11:30 a.m. (start time)
  • Afternoon: 12 p.m.–4:30 p.m. (start time)
  • Evening: 5 p.m.–9:30 p.m. (start time)

Practicum Sites

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, 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.

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

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

Application Process

Requirements and Preparation

  • Must have 3.0 cumulative GPA or above 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)
    • 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)* Intensive
      • All prerequisite courses are non-negotiable and must be successfully completed prior to the start of the Practicum.
      • *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).

  • 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.
    • 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 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 Employees: If you are an employee of Liberty University, please email to notify the Practicum/Internship Office of your application submission for COUN 698 in order for our office to review/approve your Practicum/Internship application prior to the Continuing Education deadline. 

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. 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 Practicum (COUN 698) Application Process

  • Degree Completion Plan Audit (Located under Student Tab in ASIST)
  • Castle Branch Background Check Receipt (Background check and FBI fingerprinting)
  • 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 & student)
  • Supervisor & Site Information Forms (signed by the site director, the supervisor, & student)
  • Digital Photo of Student (Professional Photo, Driver's License, or Student ID ONLY)
  • Copy of Student Liability Insurance Face Sheet
  • Affiliation Agreement (signed by site and student)
    • 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.
  • Students with a New York residence will need to complete special paperwork.
  • Please note: our office does not accept electronic signatures at this time

Hour Requirements

Counseling Practicum (COUN 698)

Minimum Practicum Hours 100:

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

Course Documents

Counseling Practicum (COUN 698)

Adding or Changing Your Practicum Site or 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

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 preferably earned a doctoral degree in Psychology (Psy. D.)
    • All others 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.


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