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Practicum and Internship cannot be taken the same semester.
Liberty University Employees: If you are an employee of Liberty University, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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):
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 email@example.com during Week 0 of the semester. Section switches will not be allowed after Tuesday of Week 1.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Supervisor and site information forms
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 email@example.com to indicate that you have submitted your request for an additional semester
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.).
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)
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.