Counseling, Research, & Leadership Internships (COUC 999)
Counseling, Research, and Leadership Internships
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 Clinical Counseling Internship. Only doctoral students who are licensed clinicians have the option to register for a research or leadership internship.
Deadlines are non-negotiable.
Fall 2023 SharePoint Submission Portal
- Fall 2023 Deadline: June 26, 2023
Please note: The application portal link opens 3-4 weeks before the deadline
Upcoming internship application deadlines:
- Spring 2024: November 20, 2023
- Summer 2024: February 26, 2024
- Fall 2024: June 24, 2024
Counseling, Research, and Leadership Internship Manual – COUC 999 (PDF)
- Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the posted application deadline
- Complete Prerequisites:
- All Students:
- Advanced Theory Application (COUC 715)
- Advanced Research Design (COUC 740)
- Ph.D. Qualifying Exam (COUC 969)
- Practicum (COUC 998)
- Leadership Internship: Documentation of qualifications specific to each project.
- All pre-requisites courses are non-negotiable and must be successfully completed prior to the start of Internship.
- All Students:
Hour and Semester Requirements
Clinical Counseling Internship (COUC 999): 200 hours:
- Direct Client Contact hours (PDF): 150 hours required
- Individual Supervision hours (PDF): 1 hour required each week (10 hours minimum)
- Group Supervision hours (PDF): 1.5 hours required each week (15 hours minimum)
- Related Activities hours (PDF): Remaining hours to complete the total required hours
Telehealth and In-Person Counseling Policy
In-person clinical counseling is the expected standard in meeting the direct service requirements. However, students and site supervisors are permitted to use telehealth services if the approved site uses telehealth services as a normal delivery of services. If telehealth is used, students and site supervisors are expected to maintain a 50/50 ratio of in-person and telehealth direct client contact hours. This is to ensure students have a well-rounded counseling experience using both modalities.
Please note: There will be no exceptions to this policy unless directed by federal and/or state mandates.
Students will be responsible for the following when telehealth services are used:
- Coordination of a balanced approach in use of telehealth and in-person clinical services
- Completion of the Liberty telehealth training prior to conducting telehealth services
- Midterm and Final hours reporting on telehealth services
- No more than 50% of telehealth direct client contact hours permitted
Please direct all questions regarding the Telehealth and In-Person Counseling Policy to the Practicum/Internship Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Research and Leadership Internships:
200 clock hours internship-related activities that must include:
- Individual Supervision hours (PDF): one hour per week (10 hours minimum)
- Group Supervision hours (PDF): 1.5 hours per week (15 hours minimum)
- Internship officially starts the first day of Liberty’s academic semester.
- Internship is a 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
Below is a list of the types of sites that can typically be approved for Clinical Counseling Internships:
- Counseling agency
- Private practice
- 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 private practice, we do not approve non-traditional counseling services (i.e. intensives, adventure, equestrian, alternative therapies, etc.)
Students are allowed a maximum of two supervisors. Discuss the supervisor responsibility list (PDF) with potential supervisors.
Here is a list of CEU trainings offered to Site 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
- Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (from an accredited university)
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
- Licensed Psychologist (LP) – a Psychologist that preferably earned a doctoral degree in Psychology (Psy.D.)
- All others degrees are reviewed on a case by case by the Practicum/Internship Office
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.
- Degree Completion Plan Audit
- Located on Course Registration
- CastleBranch Background Check Receipt
- Students must submit a background check receipt that was purchased no more than one year prior to the date of their application.
- Only send the receipt that is sent to your email once the purchase of the background check or re-check has been made. Visit the Background Check website for further instructions.
- Supervisor’s License Verification
- Found on your state counseling board website.
- Includes name, license number, issue date, expiration date, & current/active
- Fieldwork Contract
- On-Site Fieldwork Contract (PDF): an on-site supervisor is an individual who is an employed counselor at the site you are applying to complete your internship.
- Off-Site Fieldwork Contract (PDF): an offsite supervisor is an individual who is not an employed counselor at the site you are applying to complete your internship, but has received approval to come on site and provide supervision.
- Signed by student and site supervisor
- The dates must match Liberty’s A-Term Semester dates. Check the Academic Calendar for the semester dates you will be completing Internship.
- Supervisor & Site Information Forms (PDF)
- Signed by the site director, the supervisor, & the student
- Digital Photo of Student
- Professional Photo, Driver’s License, or Student ID
- Liability Insurance Face Sheet (PDF)
- 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.
- Affiliation Agreement (PDF)
- Extensions will not be granted for Affiliation Agreement negotiations.
- Cover Page: Completed by a site representative
- Agreement: Completed and signed only by legal signatory at site
- Schedule A (Student Addendum): Completed and signed by the student
- Review guidelines and instructions
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 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.
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.
- Site & Supervisor Change Policy (PDF)
- Students must follow the procedures laid out in the Site and Supervisor Change Procedures (PDF)
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.
Research and Leadership Internships
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