This course offers student participation in a clinical experience under supervision in an approved agency.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
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.
Meet Hour Requirements
Complete 600 total hours of a supervised clinical training experience, with a minimum of 240 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).
- Individual Supervision is a time for students to meet and go over clients directly with their supervisor and only their approved supervisor.
- Group supervision will be when a student meets with their approved supervisor and other colleagues at their site discussing clients.
- Related Activities can be office work, telephone calls to clients, writing progress notes, and billing insurance companies. (L.O.: A-G).
- 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.
Pass one Midterm and one 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. (See “Deadlines” tab in Blackboard for due dates).
Pass two open book/note quizzes with a grade of 42 or above
The purpose of the quizzes is to test the student’s knowledge of the Internship Manual and the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics. The exams are multiple-choice, true-false, open-book, timed exams.
Complete Course Requirements checklist located in Week 1 Module.
Complete State Requirement checklist
Complete Student Evaluation of Site and Supervisor Form
Submit Copy of liability insurance at the beginning and end of the semester
Complete an Interview with your supervisor (LPC or LMFT)
(L.O.:A-H). 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.
Ethics Quiz (ASSESSMENT BENCHMARK)
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.
Suicide Risk Assessment (ASSESSMENT BENCHMARK)
Granello, D. (2010). The process of suicide risk assessment: Twelve core principles. Journal of Counseling & Development, 88, 363-370
Jungers & Scott Textbook Quizzes
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
The quizzes will cover chapters the Thomas, et al. textbook. The student will have 30 minutes to choose the correct answer for 5 multiple-choice questions.
Students will develop two separate Case Conceptualization papers based upon current clients they are seeing at their internship site. While the Example Case Conceptualization provided in the instructions section may imply a first session intake, you may adapt this paper to either an initial intake, or a client you have been seeing for several sessions. The paper will include a treatment plan, an ethics section, and a multi-cultural section.