CMHC 699 Internship 

Application Deadlines 

 Deadlines are non-negotiable.

The deadline to apply for Fall 2017 Practicum has passed.

Upcoming internship application deadlines:

  • Spring 2018: Dec. 4, 2017
  • Summer 2018: March 26, 2018
  • Fall 2018: July 16, 2018
  • Spring 2019: December 3, 2018
  • Summer 2019: March 18, 2019

Internship Opportunities


Program Changes

  • Students' start date to begin logging internship hours will be no earlier than the first official day of the academic semester.
  • The CMHC 699 internship course is a full-semester commitment. Students will remain with their internship site and supervisor for the duration of the academic semester. 
  • For students with DCP Audits 2017-2017 and forward, two consecutive semesters of CMHC 699 Internship are required.
  • Students must complete a background check as part of internship application. Please visit the Background Check page for further instructions.

Application Process

Requirements and Preparation

  • Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the posted application deadline                          
  • Complete Prerequisites: CMHC 500, 501, 502, 504, 505, 510, 512, 515, 521, 522, 646, 667*, 698 
    • 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 CMHC 500 as a prerequisite to CMHC 699.

*Students may not enroll in CMHC 667 and CMHC 699 in the same semester. You must successfully pass CMHC 667 in order to enroll in CMHC 699.                     

  • 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 3-4 months prior to the application submission deadline set by the practicum/internship office.
  • The practicum/internship office offers a site list for the state of Virginia. This list is compiled of sites and supervisors previously used by Liberty students. If you would like a copy of the state site list sent to you, please email your request to CMHCinternship@liberty.edu.
  • Submit all the required approval paperwork by the deadline through the online submission portal 
  • After your documents have been approved, you will receive an official approval email with your start date for earning hours. The Internship Office will register you for the course. 
  • Please note that the CMHC 699 internship course is approximately 17 weeks in the fall and spring semesters and 15 weeks in summer. 

*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 592-4118.

Approval Documents

  • 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 & the student)                    
  • Supervisor & Site Information Form (signed by the site director, the supervisor, & the student)
  • Choose from the following packet options:
  • Digital Photo of Student - Must submit either a copy of State Issued ID (Driver's License), or professional photo.
  • Copy of Student Liability Insurance (redacted example of Liability Insurance)
  • Affiliation Agreement (Signed by the site)
  • 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.

Important Documents


Hour Requirements

Internship - CMHC 699

Minimum Internship hours: 600


Course Documents

 Internship - CMHC 699 


Internship Sites

Below is a list of the types of sites that can typically be approved for internship 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 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 earned a doctoral degree in Psychology (Psy. D.)
  • Ph.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 internship site.

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.

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 cmhcinternship@liberty.edu.

 


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