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School Counseling Practicum Information

COSC 513 Gate 2.5 /Practicum Application

The primary focus of the School Counseling Practicum (COSC 698) for the M.Ed in School Counseling program is to introduce candidates to the counseling environment and the development of counseling-related skills, ethics, and professionalism based on clinical or school activities. 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Human Growth and Development (COUC 502),  Multicultural Counseling (COUC 504), Professional, Ethical & Legal Issues in Counseling (COSC 501), and Counseling Theories & Techniques (COSC 505); successful completion of Gate 2; 3.0 GPA; background check clearance; professional liability insurance through the American Counseling Association or American School Counseling Association.

Clinical Site: An agency (clinical) setting such as a private practice, community service board, hospital, non-profit organization, or university counseling center. Note: Candidates will provide services only at the location and only those hours will be counted toward clinical hours accrual. Candidates will not leave the clinical site for home visits or other off-location destinations, nor is Liberty University responsible should the intern leave the site of record.

School Site: One placement in an elementary or secondary (middle or high) school setting.

Site Supervisor: A licensed counselor such as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, Licensed School Social Worker, Licensed School Psychologist, etc. currently working in a counseling setting and who has at least three years of counseling experience and training in counselor supervision.

Hours: 150 cumulative hours during the 16-week semester, including at least 40 direct service hours such as client/student assessment, counseling, psycho-educational activities, and client/student consultation. The remaining 110 hours may include observation, maintaining case notes, consultation with other counselors, etc.

Detailed information on practicum requirements can be found in the School Counseling handbook on the School Counseling Program Page. Questions can be emailed to scfieldplacement@liberty.edu.

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