CMHC 698 Practicum

Application Deadlines

 Deadlines are non-negotiable.

2018 Spring Submission Portal - Practicum

Upcoming Practicum application deadlines:

  • Spring 2018: Nov. 6, 2017
  • 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 Opportunities

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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.


Program Changes

  • As of Spring 2014, 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.
  • Students must complete a Background Check or Re-Check through Castle Branch as part of Practicum application. Please visit the Background Check website for further instructions.

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.
  • 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 Practicum Office will manually register you for the course.

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

  • 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 - Must submit either a copy of State Issued ID (Driver's License), or professional photo.
  • Copy of Student Liability Insurance Face Sheet
  • Choose one of the following packets
    • Approval Documents for On-Site Supervisor
      • On-Site Supervisor: an individual who is an employed counselor at the site you are applying to complete your Practicum at.
    • Approval Documents for Off-Site Supervisor
      • 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.
    • Please note: our office does not accept electronic signatures at this time
  • Affiliation Agreement (signed by the site & student)
  • How to complete the Affiliation Agreement
  • 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.

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.

Important Documents


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.

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 cmhcpracticum@liberty.edu.

 


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

  • 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 List

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

Contact List