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Doctoral students are required to complete doctoral level Internships that total a minimum of 600 hours in three of the five CACREP doctoral competencies (teaching, supervision, counseling, research, and leadership/advocacy). All CES students are required to take Teaching Internship (COUC 970); Supervision Internship (COUC 980); and Internship (COUC 999). The focus of the internship (COUC 999) will be determined on the basis of the student's experience, training, and area of interest.
Doctoral students who are not licensed clinicians are required to register for the Counseling Internship. Only doctoral students who are licensed clinicians have the option to register for a research or leadership internship.
Deadlines are non-negotiable.
The Spring 2019 Internship Application Deadline has passed: December 3, 2018
Below is a list of the types of sites that can typically be approved for Counseling Internships:
University counseling center
Community services board
*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.
Traditional site: A site offering traditional counseling services which address general population counseling needs of individuals, couples, and families. A traditional site is one which is not limited in its scope of practice to a counseling specialization requiring certification standards.
Disclaimer: If a student owns their own own private practice, we do not approve non-traditional counseling services (i.e. intensives, adventure, equestrian, alternative therapies, etc.)
All approval documents must be submitted to the Ph.D. Internship office through the SharePoint submission portal prior to the deadline listed above. No late documents will be accepted without the permission of the Director of Clinical Training.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 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.
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.
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 Internship Office will manually register you for the course.
Students enrolled in Counseling Internship will submit three different time preferences for WebEx Faculty Group Supervision. 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 Week One.
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 email@example.com.
Doctoral students who are licensed clinicians have the option to register for a Research Internship or Leadership Internship. You will submit your request to apply for these internships using the submission portal by the application deadline. You will need the following paperwork:
Copy of your current license to verify eligibility
Liability Insurance Face Sheet
Proposed Faculty Supervisor
Proposed Focus of Internship
Once you have completed the necessary steps, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate that your request has been received.
Approved Supervisors for Research or Leadership Internships
Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (from an accredited university)
Ph.D. in a Counseling or Research related discipline