Addiction Counseling Internship – ADCN 699

CG • Section • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course involves an intensely supervised experience in the student's designated program area at an approved site. Students are required to complete a total of 300 clock hours of addiction counseling and related services, 150 of which are direct client contact hours. While gaining direct service experience with clients, students regularly meet with an approved supervisor. Student counseling performance is evaluated throughout the internship. The student's professional development along with the dynamics of the counseling relationship, diagnosis, treatment, and legal/ethical issues are primary areas of focus.


(CEFS 501 or MAAC 501 or COUN 501) and (CEFS 504 or MAAC 504 or COUN 504) and (CEFS 510 or MAAC 510 or COUN 510) and (CEFS 515 or MAAC 515 or COUN 515) and (CEFS 521 or MAAC 521 or COUN 521) and (CEFS 546 or MAAC 646 or COUN 646) and (CEFS 601 or MAAC 601 or COUN 601) and (CEFS 691 or COUN 691) and (ADCN 667 or MAAC 667)


This Counseling Internship course involves participation in a planned clinical experience in an approved agency or other setting under an approved supervisor. The internship is the culminating experience of the MA licensure programs. The purpose of the Counseling Internship is to provide a supervised, field-based, work experience that allows students to:

  • Further continue to integrate and synthesize counseling theories and techniques
  • Develop more fully the personal qualities, characteristics, and behavior of a professional counselor;
  • Develop more advanced clinical reasoning and conceptualization skills.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the skill of establishing rapport and effective working relationships with client(s). Measured by supervisor evaluations.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to conduct a psychosocial history that includes client background information, behavioral observations, and current functioning, quality of relationships, and resources and challenges. Measured by supervisor evaluations.
  3. Develop client case conceptualizations that lead to accurate diagnosis using the DSM. Measured by supervisor evaluations.
  4. Develop treatment plans that will motivate clients through the use of evidence-based strategies for clients’ identified problem(s). Measured by supervisor evaluations.
  5. Maintain an effective counseling process and relationship until the client(s)’ problem(s) have been resolved. Measured by supervisor evaluations.
  6. Utilize feedback, direction, and constructive criticism from supervision and consultation in order to enhance professionalism in counseling. Measured by supervisor evaluations.
  7. Document clinical work in a way that meets the standards of the counseling site, third-party payers, and the state in which the student is working. Measured by supervisor evaluations.
  8. Demonstrate and apply the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics. Measured by quiz and supervisor evaluations.

Course Assignment

Meet Hour Requirements

Complete 300 total hours of a supervised clinical training experience, with a minimum of 150 hours required for direct client contact; 25 hours required for individual supervision (IS); 25 hours required for group supervision (GS) and all other hours counted as Related Activities (RA).

  1. Individual Supervision is a time for students to meet and go over clients directly with their supervisor and only their approved supervisor.
  2. Group supervision will be when a student meets with their approved supervisor and other colleagues at their site discussing clients.
  3. Related Activities can be office work, telephone calls to clients, writing progress notes, and billing insurance companies. (L.O.: A-G).
  4. Students can keep track of their hours each week using the Liberty University Internship Log provided in Blackboard and on the Practicum/Internship website. Students will provide the logs to the onsite supervisor in order for the supervisor to fill out the number of hours completed on the evaluations due at the 4 quarter marks of the semester. It is highly recommended that students keep a personal copy of their logs in their home records so they are available if requested in the future by the internship office or a state licensure board.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Liability Insurance (2)

Student must submit copy of liability insurance at the beginning and end of the semester.

Practical Chapter Review (4)

For your Practical Chapter Review of your assigned chapter, follow the directions laid out in the "Instructions for Practical Chapter Reviews" document posted in the module and also found in Course Documents. Those guidelines serve as the primary instructions for this assignment; each module will also provide clarification for its specific chapter.  Remember to address all four sections: Summarize, Respond, Reflect & Act. Each section should be kept to 300 words. Please be reminded that this assignment must be submitted as a word document attachment in the link provided. 

State Requirement Checklist

Midterm and Final Evaluation

Students will download the “Midterm/Final Evaluation” forms found in Course Content and give them to his/her supervisor(s) to complete. Students then scan the evaluation forms and submit them via the “Assignments” link. Students who do not receive passing evaluations during the course will work with the supervisor and Liberty University internship faculty to develop a plan to correct any deficits.  An “F” in the practicum/internship due to unethical or improper behavior at a site results in expulsion from the Center for Counseling and Family Studies. 

Interview with Supervisor (LPC or LMFT)

Students will conduct an interview with their licensed supervisor, a licensed individual at their site or any licensed individual in their community (must be licensed in the respective field the student is seeking his or her degree; LPC or LMFT). This interview will consists of questions regarding the profession of counseling and explore the perspective of their supervisor. Students are encouraged to be creative and professional with their questions to gain the most information for this project. Please review the Grading Rubric and Interview Guide for details.

Student Evaluation of Site and Supervisor Form


The purpose of these quizzes are to test the student’s knowledge of the Internship Manual, the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics, The Jungers & Scott textbook readings, and the Thomas readings. 

  • Pass/No Pass (P/NP) Policy Quiz: The quiz will test the student’s knowledge of the Marriage and Family Therapy Internship Manual. Students must pass with a grade of 42 or above. 
  • Code of Ethics Quiz: The quiz will cover the American Counseling Association (ACA) code of ethics. The student will have 60 minutes to choose the correct answer for 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions. Students must pass with a grade of 42 or above. 
  • Suicide Risk Assessment Quiz: Review the article: Granello, D. (2010). The process of suicide risk assessment: Twelve core principles. Journal of Counseling & Development, 88, 363-370," provided in the module. Respond to the questions based on the article. 
  • Jungers & Scott Textbook Quizzes (4): The quizzes will cover chapters 4-7 of Jungers & Scott, et al. textbook. The student will have 30 minutes to choose the correct answer for 5 multiple-choice questions.
  • Thomas Reading Quizzes (3): The quizzes will cover chapters 1, 3, and 4 of Thomas, et al. textbook. The student will have 30 minutes to choose the correct answer for 5 multiple-choice questions.