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COUN 699 Internship

60-Hour Professional Counseling

Application Deadline

Deadlines are non-negotiable.

The Spring 2019 Internship Deadline has passed: December 3, 2018

Upcoming internship application deadlines:

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

Professional Counseling Internship (COUN 699) Manual

Internship Course FAQs

Practicum/Internship Presentation

  • Prerequisites

    *All pre-requisites courses are non-negotiable and must be successfully completed prior to the start of Internship.  

    • 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)
      • Counseling Practicum (COUN 698)
        • Practicum and Internship cannot be taken the same semester. 

    Liberty University Employees: If you are an employee of Liberty University, email to notify the Practicum/Internship Office of your application submission for Counseling Internship (COUN 699) in order for the Practicum & Internship Office office to review/approve your Internship application prior to the Continuing Education deadline. 

  • Hour and Semester Requirements

    Minimum Internship hours: 600

    Students should check with their State Counseling Board for Internship requirements specific to their state.

    Liberty University vs. your state comparison of requirements

    Semester Requirements:

    • Students enrolled on a 2016-2017 DCP to present, are required to take two consecutive semesters of Internship. Each semester is worth 3 credit hours.
    • Students enrolled on a 2015-2016 DCP and prior can choose to take one, two, or three consecutive semesters of Internship.
    • Internship officially starts the first day of Liberty’s academic semester. 
    • Internship is full-semester commitment. 
      • Students are required to earn hours each week of the semester with the approved site and supervisor.
    • Internship is an A-Term Course:
      • 16-17 weeks during the Fall and Spring semesters
      • 14-15 weeks during the Summer semester.

    Video Recording Requirement:

    • For the purposes of faculty and site supervision, students must record:
      • Two counseling sessions to submit to site supervisors and to be presented during WebEx Faculty Group Supervision.
    • Students will submit a verbatim form:
      • A five to eight-minute segment of the recorded session.
      • Faculty will provide feedback on this portion of the session.
    • The only devises students can use for recording are digital cameras or camcorders.
      • Phones, webcams, and tablets are prohibited.

    Live Observation:

    • If a site does not permit video/audio recording of client sessions, students may use Live Observation.
    • Sites that choose to use Live Observation:
      • Students must provide the Live Observation Form (located in the Internship manual) to their site supervisor to utilize during his/her observation.
    • Students utilizing Live Observation will also be required to record taped sessions with: Clients role-played by either site supervisor, fellow student, or a licensed clinician.
      • These taped sessions will meet the video and verbatim requirements for faculty supervision. Email with any questions.
  • Internship Site Opportunities

    Types of sites that can be considered for Internship:

    • Counseling agency
    • Hospital
    • Private practice
    • University counseling center
    • Community services board
    • School*
    • Church**

    *School Site Requirements:

    • Provide clinical mental health services to elementary, middle, and/or high school-aged students
    • Use approved Informed Consent
    • Store clinical counseling records of sessions

    **Church Site Requirements:

    • Have an established clinical counseling center and services
    • Use approved Informed Consent
    • Store clinical counseling records of sessions
    • Student must inform the Practicum & Internship Office if they are a member of the potential church site
  • Supervisor Information
    • Students are allowed a maximum of two supervisors.
    • Discuss 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.

    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.
  • Application Documents

    Review the Internship Supervisor Information before proceeding.

    Numbers correspond with Sharepoint application:

    1. Degree Completion Plan Audit
      • Located under Student Tab in ASIST
    2. Castle Branch Background Check Receipt
    3. Supervisor's License Verification
      • Found on your state counseling board website.
      • Includes name, license number, issue date, expiration date, & current/active
    4. Fieldwork Contract
    5. Supervisor & Site Information Forms
    6. Digital Photo of Student
      • Professional Photo, Driver's License, or Student ID
    7. Liability Insurance Face Sheet
      • Students are required to purchase their own coverage for the duration of Practicum and Internship.
      • Click on the Insurance Face Sheet link above for more information.
    8. Affiliation Agreement
      • Cover Page: Completed by site representative
      • Agreement: Completed and signed only by legal signatory at site
        • Review guidelines and instructions
      • Schedule A (Student Addendum): Completed and signed by student
      • Extensions will not be granted for Affiliation Agreement negotiations. 


    • The Practicum and Internship Office does not accept electronic signatures on any approval documents, other than the Affiliation Agreement.
    • The informed consent and how the site maintains records will need to be submitted with a copy of the Fieldwork Contract for potential school or church sites.
    • Students are required to apply with the full application for their first semester of Internship, even if they are staying with the same site and supervisor from Practicum.

    All approval documents must be submitted to the Practicum and 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 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

    Only 60-hour Professional Counseling students will be required to attend WebEx Faculty Group Supervision during COUN 699 Internship.

    • WebEx satisfies the requirement of Group Supervision.
    • WebEx occurs via live video for 90 minutes each week of the semester.
    • WebEx is led by a Liberty Professor and will include 8-10 other Internship students.
    • WebEx attendance is a requirement for passing COUN 699 Internship.

    WebEx Time Preferences

    • When applying for an internship, students must pick two different general time preferences.
    • The Practicum and Internship Office strives to place each student in one of their two selected time preferences.
      • However, students are placed in preferences on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    • The Practicum and Internship Office cannot guarantee the specific day nor time WebEx Faculty Group Supervision will be held. The specific time/day is determined by the Professor during Week 0 of the semester.

    Choosing WebEx Time Preferences:

    Students will choose their two general time preferences by selecting weekday or weekend in combination with morning, afternoon, or evening (i.e. Weekday Morning, Weekday Evening):

    Weekday: Monday-Friday
    Weekend: Saturday-Sunday

    Morning: 6-11:30 a.m. (start time)
    Afternoon: 12-4:30 p.m. (start time)
    Evening: 5-9:30 p.m. (start time)

    Students are responsible to maintain a flexible schedule until the professor has selected the specific day and time of the WebEx meeting. Students should communicate the above information with sites and supervisors during their interview process. 

    Switch Policy: WebEx section switch requests should be sent to during Week 0 of the semester. Section switches will not be allowed after Tuesday of Week 1.

  • Changing Site and/or Supervisor

    Students are allowed to switch site(s)/supervisor(s), add an additional site/supervisor, or drop a site/supervisor during their Internship experience. 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

  • Requesting an Additional Semester

    In order for students to be enrolled in an additional semester of Internship, they must complete the Additional Semester Request Assignments in their COUN 699 blackboard course. They will not apply through the SharePoint portal with the full application again. Only students who are currently enrolled in their first semester of Internship will request an additional semester. 

    • The 3 assignments that need completed in Blackboard 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

    As a reminder:

    • Students enrolled on a 2016-2017 DCP to present, are required to take two consecutive semesters of Internship. Each semester is worth 3 credit hours.
    • Students enrolled on a 2015-2016 DCP and prior, can choose to take one, two, or three consecutive semesters of Internship.

    Once you have completed the necessary steps, email to indicate that you have submitted your request for an additional semester

  • International Policy

    The Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies is aware of many challenges that students living abroad face regarding the completion of the practicum and/or internship requirements. Therefore, the Practicum/Internship Office has created the following policy in order to help our students living abroad succeed in completing their practicum/internship experience. In addition to the standard application process, students looking to complete a practicum/internship at an international site must also meet the following criteria:

    • Students seeking a Site Outside of the United States:
      • Site must be sponsored by an American Organization
      • Site must follow the general guidelines established by the counseling profession in the U.S. (e.g., ACA Code of Ethics, state board regulations, etc.).
        • Informed consent
        • Treatment plans
        • Record keeping
        • Supervisor must be licensed in the United States
        • Supervisor must have a minimum of a master’s degree in counseling or a related profession with equivalent qualifications, including appropriate licenses and/or certifications.
        • Must hold a master’s degree or above in counseling or related field.
        • Must have a minimum of two years professional experience.
        • Knowledge with program requirements and procedures for evaluations.
        • Appropriate training in counseling supervision.
        • Must hold a valid state license at an independent level of practice; i.e., supervisors must be able to practicum without being under supervision.
        • Must be in good standing in the profession.
      • Must hold a license that qualifies the individual to provide clinical supervision. Licenses that typically qualify include:
        • Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC)
        • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
        • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)
        • Licensed Clinical Psychologists (LCP) with a Psy.D. All other degrees are reviewed on a case by case basis
        • Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
        • Psychiatrists
        • Ph.D./Ed.D in Counselor Education and Supervision from a regionally accredited university.
      • Students seeking licensure in the United States are responsible to know and understand the requirements of the state board in the state in which they wish to become licensed.
      • Specific states may require internships to be taken at a site located in the state where you plan to seek licensure. If this is the case, an international internship may not be eligible for licensure. Before identifying an international internship site, check with your state regarding any potential residency requirements pertaining to the actual physical location of internship sites. You are solely responsible to find out this information. The Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies may not provide this or any other information pertaining to specific state licensure requirements.



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