Marriage & Family Therapy Practicum (CEFS 698)
60-Hour Marriage & Family Therapy
Deadlines are non-negotiable.
The Fall 2020 Deadline has passed.
- Fall 2020: June 15, 2020
Please note: The application portal link opens 3-4 weeks before the deadline
Upcoming Practicum application deadlines:
- Summer 2020: February 17, 2020
- Fall 2020: June 15, 2020
- Spring 2021: November 2, 2020
- Summer 2021: February 15, 2021
Important Degree Change Information:
MFT students who plan to switch from the MFT program to the CMHC (CACREP) online program are required to enroll in COUC 698 and 699 (WebEx sections). CEFS 698/699 (non-WebEX sections) will not be accepted for the CMHC (CACREP) degree program.
If you are an MFT student currently in CEFS 698 or 699 and are thinking about moving to the CMHC program, you will be required to enroll in COUC 698/699 to fulfill the CMHC CACREP requirements. In other words, you will need to take COUC 698/699 to meet this requirement, even if you have taken CEFS 698/699. If you have further questions please contact the Practicum/Internship office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All prerequisite courses are non-negotiable and must be successfully completed prior to the start of the Practicum.
**Dependent on DCP Year
- Must have 3.0 cumulative GPA or above by the posted application deadline
- Complete Prerequisites:
- Orientation to Counselor Profession Identity & Function (CEFS 500)
- Ethical & Legal Issues in Counseling (CEFS 501)
- Human Growth & Development (CEFS 502)
- Multicultural Counseling (CEFS 504)
- Counseling Techniques & the Helping Relationship (CEFS 505)
- Theories of Counseling (CEFS 510)
- Group Counseling (CEFS 512)
- Research & Program Evaluation (CEFS 515)
- Assessment Techniques in Counseling (CEFS 521)
- Career Development & Counseling (CEFS 522)
- Psychopathology & Counseling (CEFS 546)
- Marriage & Family Therapy II (CEFS 602)*
- Clinical Diagnosis & Treatment Planning (CEFS 667)**
*Marriage & Family Therapy II (CEFS 602) can only be taken concurrently with CEFS 698 if the student is enrolled in a B-term CEFS 602 section. If a student enrolls in CEFS 602 D-term, they cannot take it concurrent with CEFS 698.
2017-2018 and Prior DCPs only:
- Students on an older DCP that includes COUN/CEFS 667 are permitted to auto-sub CEFS 691 in place of COUN/CEFS 667.
- Please note, students may enroll in CEFS 667, however, be aware CEFS 691 is the preferred course due to licensure requirements for students in the state of Virginia.
CEFS 667 and Practicum Options (2017-2018 and Prior DCPs only):
- CEFS 691 may sub for CEFS/COUC 667 as a Practicum prerequisite for students on older DCPs
- If a student decides to complete 667 instead of 691, they will be required to complete 667 the semester before their Practicum or enroll in the 667 intensive that is offered the same month their Practicum begins. The 667 intensive is a week long class on Liberty University’s campus. Our office cannot guarantee the 667 intensive will be offered every semester.
Please note: Students on 2017-2018 DCPs and prior will be required to complete both CEFS 667 and CEFS 602 to fulfill their DCP requirements before they can graduate. However, for practicum purposes, either CEFS 667, CEFS 691 or CEFS 602 can fulfill the pre-requisite for CEFS 698.
Important Note: It is the student’s responsibility to know their state’s licensure requirements and to meet those requirements along with their degree program requirements.
Liberty University Employees: If you are an employee of Liberty University, email email@example.com to notify the Practicum and Internship Office of your Practicum application submission. This is asked so they can review and approve your application prior to the Continuing Education deadline.
Disclaimer: Students are enrolled in Counseling 698 Practicum based on the Degree Completion Plan Audits submitted at the time of applying. If a student switches degrees after submitting their Practicum 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 degrees are switched.
Practicum Hour & Semester Requirements
Minimum Practicum Hours 100:
- Direct Client Contact: 40 hours minimum
- Individual Supervision hours: minimum one hour per week of your A-term course schedule
- Related Activities hours
- Site Group Supervision will count as Indirect Hours/Related Activities
Students should check with their State Counseling Board for Practicum requirements specific to their state.
Liberty University vs. your state comparison of requirements
- Practicum officially starts the first day of Liberty’s academic semester.
- Practicum is a full-semester commitment.
- Students are required to earn hours each week of the semester with the approved site and supervisor
- Practicum is an A-Term Course:
- 16-17 weeks during the Fall and Spring semesters
- 14-15 weeks during the Summer semester
Practicum Site Opportunities
- View Practicum Opportunities
- State Site Lists
- The State Site Lists are compiled of sites previously used by Liberty University students. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
- On average, finding a site and supervisor takes at least three to four months.
- Students are allowed a maximum of two sites.
Types of sites that can be considered for Practicum:
- Counseling Agency
- Private Practice
- University Counseling Center
- Community Services Board
*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 Practicum & Internship Office if they are a member of the potential church site
- Students are allowed a maximum of two supervisors.
- Discuss Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor’s Responsibilities with potential supervisor.
- On-Site Supervisor: an individual who is an employed counselor at the site you are applying to complete your Practicum at.
- Off-Site Supervisor: an individual who is not an employed counselor at the site you are applying to complete your Practicum 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)
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.
Review the Practicum Supervisor Information before proceeding.
Numbers correspond to Sharepoint application:
- Degree Completion Plan Audit
- Located under Student Tab in ASIST
- Castle Branch Background Check Receipt
- 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
- Supervisor & Site Information Forms
- Supervisor and Site Information Forms
- Signed by the site director, supervisor, and student
- Digital Photo of Student
- Professional photo, driver’s license, or student ID
- 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.
- Affiliation Agreement
- Cover Page: Completed by the site representative
- Agreement: Completed and signed only by legal signatory at site
- Schedule A & B (Student Addendum): Completed and signed by the student
- Review guidelines and instructions
- 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.
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.
After your documents have been approved, you will receive an official approval email with your approved start date for earning hours. Upon approval, the Practicum Office will manually register you for the course.
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 Practicum experience. Review our policy below.
- Site & Supervisor Change Policy
- Students must follow the procedures laid out in the Marriage and Family Therapy Site and Supervisor Change Procedure document.
Disclaimer: If there is a change in the Site Director, the Practicum and Internship Office will only need an updated Site Information Form with the new individual’s name and title. Students will submit the updated Site Information Form via email to email@example.com.
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)
- 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.
The Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies Practicum and Internship Office is excited to inform you they are teaming with LU Send Now to allow actively enrolled Practicum and Internship students to utilize learned clinical skills and training to help with disaster relief.
If you are enrolled in a Practicum or Internship course, you are eligible to join LU Send Now. If/when called to respond to affected natural disaster or humanitarian emergencies, you will be permitted to utilize LU Send Now as a second site and count hours toward your Practicum or Internship requirement.
You will be teamed with a licensed and experienced faculty member who will act as your approved ‘onsite’ supervisor while deployed to an area in need. Every deployment will include a vetting process that will include your current academic and professional standing, as well as, your availability to go. If selected to join LU Send Now, you will simply need to inform the Practicum/Internship Office so they are aware and can take the necessary steps with providing you and your faculty supervisor with details regarding steps that will need to be taken during your time of deployment.
If you are placed at two sites, you will not be able to participate as you are unable to “temporarily” drop one site to add LU Send Now in its place.
Disasters and other emergencies cannot be scheduled, therefore there is no way to determine if/when you may be called to an area of need. However, this is an incredible opportunity to utilize your skills and help with disaster relief as needed.
If you are interested in becoming a part of the LU Send Now team, please click the below link for additional details and application to take advantage of this great opportunity. Liberty University LU Send Now Office states, “Deploying with LU Send Now for crisis response and disaster relief requires three steps: Apply, pay fee, and attend training. There are three areas to our program Hands & Feet Domestic (cleanup/physical labor in the US), Hands & Feet International (cleanup/physical labor in any nation), and Head & Heart (Chaplaincy/trauma ministry). Our humanitarian aid and our psychological aid are still both relevant to any of these tracks, the options in how to serve simply have different focuses. Go to the LU Send Now webpage and you will see the three options under “How to Serve” when you scroll down a little. By clicking a selection the application, payment, and training will follow. Disclaimer: stay tuned for next semester’s trainings as they are not yet posted. If you’re in the system, we will be able to notify you as they are scheduled so you can complete that portion. In the meantime, we are allowing the Counseling Department courses to supplement.”
Please note, if you are only interested to be considered for domestic then fill out Head & Heart Domestic. If you are interested in both domestic and international then fill out both Head & Heart Domestic and Hands and Feet International. Please note the $100.00 fee is a one time only fee and is to be paid only once regardless if you apply for both domestic And International. Finally, this $100.00 fee is the only cost to this.
Although there are trainings offered through the LU Send Now Office, the training for this specialized counseling disaster team will be via videos. Once you completed your application and paid your deposit you will be directed to the training videos. You will not be considered for deployment until all this is completed. We encourage you to complete this process ASAP because disasters are not predictable and LU Send Now teams are deployed at very unpredictable times. You want to be prepared if you want to be involved.
Finally, once you have filled out all the applications, paid your deposit, and watched all videos there will be a vetting process.
- Your academic and professional standing in the program will be reviewed
- We will need a recommendation letter from your current site supervisor stating they are aware of you being a part of this specialized team, they approve, and believe you are prepared for this team
- You will need to submit your Disaster Relief Intervention Paper you did for COUC/CEFS 604
- You will have a formal interview with the lead professor for the trip
We look forward to the wonderful way God may use you to help individuals affected by disaster and crisis situations.