Counseling

COUN & MFT Students

COUN 699 - Internship Course

Application Deadlines

The Summer 2016 Internship deadline has passed.

Upcoming internship application deadlines:

  • Fall 2016: July 18, 2016
  • Spring 2017: Dec. 5, 2016
  • Summer 2017: April 3, 2017
     

Important Note

  • All approval documents must be submitted to the 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 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.

Internship Opportunities

View Internship Opportunities

The Practicum/Internship Office offers state 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 internship@liberty.edu, with the state you would like a state site list for.


Program Changes

  • As of Spring 2014, the official start date for Internship is the first official day of the academic semester.
  • The Internship course offered is an A-Term course and is a full-semester commitment.  Students will remain with their Internship site and supervisor for the duration of the 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 Internship.
  • Students must complete a Background Check or Re-Check through American DataBank as part of Internship application. Please visit the Background Check website in the menu to the left for further instructions.

Application Process

Requirements and Preparation

  • Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the posted application deadline                         
  • Complete Prerequisites:
    • COUN Students: COUN 500, 501, 502, 504, 505, 506, 510, 512, 515, 521, 522, 646, 667, 698
      • All pre-requisites courses are non-negotiable and must be successfully completed prior to the start of Internship.               
  • 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 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.

Disclaimer: Students are enrolled in Internship sections based on the Degree Completion Plan Audits submitted at the time of application for Internship. If a student switches Degree Completion Plans after submitting their Internship application, they will be responsible for notifying the Practicum and Internship Office immediately. The Practicum and Internship Office will not be able to switch students between Non-WebEx sections and WebEx sections mid-way through a semester, if Degree Completion Plans are switched and the Practicum and Internship Office is not notified.

Approval Documents

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  • Degree Completion Plan Audit (Located under Student Tab in ASIST)
  • American DataBank Background Check Receipt (Background Check and FBI fingerprinting) or Re-Check Background Check Receipt (VA Child Abuse also required only for students residing in Virginia).
  • 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)
  • Supervisor & Site Information Form (signed by the site director, the supervisor, & the student)
  • Digital Photo of Student (Examples: Driver's License or Student ID)
  • Copy of Student Liability Insurance Face Sheet
  • Affiliation Agreement (Signed by the site)
  • How to complete the Affiliation Agreement

Note: The Informed Consent and how the site maintains records will need to be submitted with a copy of the Fieldwork Contract for potential schools/church sites.

Important Documents


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. Students must follow the procedures laid out for the listed in the Internship Site and Supervisor Change Procedures document.

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Requesting an Additional Semester of Internship:

Once approved for your first semester of internship, you are eligible to enroll in up to 3 consecutive semesters of COUN 699, in order to complete all hours and requirements of the internship course. You will submit your request for an additional semester of COUN 699 by completing a set of assignments in your COUN 699 course, through Blackboard.

  • The 3 assignments that you will need to complete 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)
    • 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 form
    • License verification
    • Affiliation agreement
    • Liability Insurance Face sheet

Once you have completed the necessary steps, please email  internship@liberty.edu to indicate that you have submitted your request for an additional semester.


Hour Requirements

Internship Course - COUN 699

Minimum Internship hours 600:                      

*For students in the Marriage & Family Therapy degree program, students' internship experiences must consist of work with couples, families, and individuals from a systems perspective, with the majority of the direct service clock hours occurring with couples and family units.

Note: Students need to check with their state counseling board for Internship requirements to their state.


Course Documents

Internship Course - COUN 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

Examples of Supervisors
NOT Approved

  • 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
  • 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.

Examinations - COUN Students

At the end of their counseling training, students who are enrolled in the 48 hour and 60 hour License Professional Counselor Track and Marriage and Family Therapy track must complete the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and the Integration exam. For more information please access the links listed below:


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