School Counseling Internship – COSC 699

CG • Section 16WK • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 08/17/2022

Course Description

The School Counseling Internship course is a culminating field experience for students designed to build both clinical and non-clinical counseling skills in the elementary and secondary school settings. The field experience occurs under the supervision of licensed school counselor on-site supervisor and faculty supervisor. The internship experience will include two semesters with a minimum of 300 hours each for a total of 600 hours in the school setting.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Because experiential learning is vital to clinical skills development and the development of professional practice skills, an internship is required of all candidates seeking state licensure/certification as a professional school counselor. Jesus modeled with His disciples the value of a mentoring relationship. Following His example, both a university instructor and an on-site supervisor will mentor the intern over a two semester (Part I and Part II), 600-hour internship.

Method of Instruction: This 16-week course is delivered in a hybrid format, both online via Canvas®, a digital synchronous platform, as well as in-person training at a physical site. Students complete one module per week over the duration of the course. Students are required to meet face-to-face with their site supervisor on site as well as face-to-face via digital synchronous platform for weekly group supervision and instruction. 

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Quiz: Advising Acknowledgement

After reviewing the School Counseling Advising Guide, internship students will acknowledge that they have read, understand, and agree to the terms in the Advising Guide.

(CLOs: D, K)

Quiz: School Counseling Internship Manual Review and Acknowledgement

After reviewing the School Counseling Internship Manual, internship students will acknowledge that they have read, understand, and agree to the terms in the School Counseling Internship Manual.

(CLOs: D, K)

Quiz: Confidentiality Agreement

Internship students are required to read and sign the Internship Confidentiality Agreement. Internship students will submit the signed original form to their site supervisor and submit a copy to their university supervisor.

(CLOs: D, E, K)

Quiz: Proof of Professional Liability Insurance

The candidate must submit proof of liability insurance by way of membership in the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) including a date of purchase or expiration date. Internship students may upload their liability insurance card OR ASCA membership card.

(CLOs: D, E, K)

Quiz: Internship Plan for Placement

The candidate will complete and submit the Internship Plan for Placement form outlining his/her plan for placement during internship. The plan will be reviewed by the site supervisor during Module 1: Week 1. The Internship Plan for Placement must reflect internship student commitment to 14-16 weeks on site as well as 300 hours (or more). This schedule will be agreed upon by both the internship student and the internship site supervisor.

(CLO: E)

Quiz: Faculty Supervision and Time-Log Check (15)

These quizzes confirm that candidates are working on and completing the following activities.

Weekly Hours Logs

The candidate must sign into LiveText Field Experience Module (FEM) each module to document attendance and the hours served in his/her internship site for the module. At least 300 hours must be accrued in each semester of internship for a total of 600 clock hours. At least 120 hours of direct service with students must be accrued in each semester of internship for a total of 240 clock hours.

Participation in Group Supervision

The candidate must participate in an average of 1.5 hours per week of face-to-face group supervision facilitated by the faculty supervisor using a virtual synchronized component (your faculty supervisor will provide you with the supervision link). Participation in all group supervision sessions is required for the successful completion of this course. Supervision is critical for evaluating the candidate’s mastery of the learning objectives for this course. Weekly supervision sessions will consist of teaching and meaningful discussion topics relevant to the school counseling setting.

  1. The candidate must complete one Case Conceptualization & School Counseling Services Treatment Plan. The student must prepare to discuss their case and treatment plan during synchronized group supervision during their designated week. This form will also be submitted in the course assignment area.
  2. The candidate must complete a Counselor Dispositions self-reflection assignment at the conclusion of the internship course. The Counselor Dispositions is also completed by the faculty supervisor as well as the site supervisor.

Site Supervision & Evaluation of Candidate Performance

The site supervisor must be a licensed school counselor with at least 3 years of experience and training in counselor supervision. Site supervisors verify their training and/or participate in an online counselor supervision training module provided by the School Counseling Practicum and Internship Field Experience Office. The internship student will complete the Information and Overview form with their site supervisor and upload this document to Canvas.

The internship student must participate in an average of 1 hour per module of supervision facilitated by the site supervisor. Supervision is critical for evaluating the candidate’s mastery of the learning objectives for this course. The site supervisor will evaluate the intern twice during each semester (mid-term evaluation and final evaluation using the Advanced Internship Assessment [AIA]  in LiveText). The internship student’s site supervisor will receive an email from the LiveText department with instructions, a user name, and a password to enter the LiveText system and complete the AIA form. Site supervisors are also requested to go into LiveText to verify the time log completed by the internship student.

(CLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K)

Quiz: On-Site Supervisor’s School Counselor License

Internship students will upload a copy of their site supervisor's school counselor license/certification in Canvas.

(CLOs: D, K)

Quiz: Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training

Virginia requires a one-time completion of the Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training located at: http://www.dss.virginia.gov/family/cps/mandated_reporters/cwse5691/story.html which the candidate will be required to attach his/her certificate from this training in their School Counseling Portfolio as well as in Canvas.

(CLOs: D, E, G, J, K)

Quiz: Dyslexia Awareness Training

Virginia requires a one-time completion of the Dyslexia Awareness Training Module at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/dyslexia-module/story.html which the candidate will be required to attach the certificate as a part of their School Counseling Portfolio in Livetext for this course.

(CLOs: D, F, K)

Discussion: Peer Feedback Taped Counseling Session and Verbatim

The candidate will video tape at least one 20-minute counseling session from start to finish with a student in the internship setting. Candidates must obtain 2 signed Consent Forms (1) The Permission for Site form is to be kept with the practicum school counseling site supervisor and housed at the practicum school site. (2) The Permission to Tape for Child/Adolescent permission form is to be uploaded in the course grading area. The student will upload their video into Kaltura and share the link with their site supervisor, faculty instructor, and classmates in WebEx/Discussion.The video link will NOT be uploaded in the course grading area. Instead, the link must be clearly identified on the Transcription Template. The candidate MUST NOT share their taped session through any social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Viddler, Dailymotion, etc. or any other non-confidential manner.

The candidate is required to review his/her fellow classmate's transcriptions and watch each of his/her fellow classmates’ taped sessions. The candidate will provide meaningful responses in the Discussion related to their classmates’ transcription and taped session verbatim.

(CLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K)

Taped Counseling Session Verbatim Transcript Assignment

Internship students will refer to the Verbatim Transcript Template for this assignment. Candidates will attach a file (PDF or Word) of a verbatim transcript of the counseling session and Kaltura link as an assignment. At the top of the transcript, the candidate will include their name for the purposes of grading. Internship students will use the template to identify who is speaking in the video, counseling skills demonstrated, and relevant self-reflective comments regarding the transcription. Title page, abstract, and reference section is not required for this template. Upload your completed 20-minute session transcription. Internship students will have an opportunity to review and discuss their counseling session videos during their scheduled supervision with the Liberty Faculty Supervisor.

(CLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K)

Quiz: Clinical Skills Self-Assessment for Taped Session

Internship students will also complete a Clinical Skills Self-Assessment of their taped counseling session to increase personal and professional awareness and growth in the area of counseling skills.

(CLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K)

Internship Culminating Project Proposal Assignment

Internship students will plan and implement one Culminating Project each semester of field experience (for a total of three projects to be uploaded into the School Counseling Portfolio.) Each project must align with identified Advanced Internship Assessment [AIA] Indicators found in their final assessment, as well as ASCA. The project must include supporting data/needs assessment and pre/post data collection to demonstrate competency in school counseling program evaluation and assessment. After the implementation of the project, the student will present a Power-Point of their project in class.

1. Practicum: Culminating Project Psychoeducational Small Group (completed)

2. Internship 1: Culminating Project Classroom Guidance Unit

3. Internship 2: Student's Choice: Please choose to plan and implement a Small Group (topic choice will be determined at site) or plan and implement a Classroom Guidance Unit.

Students may NOT use prior assignments/topics to complete these projects. Projects will be checked for originality and plagiarism. Students should review the project assignment instructions as well as the rubrics, which are found in the course.

(CLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K)

Quiz: Training Recognition of Mental Health Disorder and Behavioral Distress

Internship students will complete training of Recognition of Mental Health Disorder and Behavioral Distress, including depression, trauma, violence, youth suicide, and substance abuse. The certificate must be uploaded in Canvas as well as the School Counseling Portfolio.

(CLOs: C, D, E, G, J, K)

Benchmark Case Conceptualization & School Counseling Services Treatment Plan

Practicum students will complete the Benchmark Case Conceptualization & School Counseling Services Treatment Plan for one client/student they are counseling at their practicum site. The following areas will be addressed in the plan:

  1. Case Conceptualization and Appraisal
  2. Developmental, Ethical, and Multicultural Considerations
  3. Counseling Theory & Techniques
  4. Individual Appraisal and Outcomes Assessment
  5. Professional/Scholarly Writing

Each practicum student will have the opportunity to discuss and consult their case with class peers, under the supervision of the Liberty Faculty Supervisor.

(CLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K)

Quiz: Field Experience Summary (FES)

The Field Experience Summary (FES) is partially submitted at the conclusion of COSC 698 (practicum). COSC 699 Internship 1 students will add Internship 1 hours and activities (minimum of 300 hours) to the FES and submit the form to Canvas and Livetext. Finally at the conclusion of COSC 699 Internship II, the internship student will complete the form by adding internship 2 hours and activities (minimum of 300 hours for a total of 600 hours or more), for a Culminating Field Experience Summary form of all hours and activities to upload to Canvas and Livetext.

(CLOs: D, K)

Final Advanced Internship Assessment [AIA]

The candidate's site supervisor must complete the Site Supervision & Evaluation of Candidate Performance (Advanced Internship Assessment) in LiveText at the close of the internship course. In addition to the AIA, the site supervisor must sign off on all hours and activities served at the school site, and complete all assigned evaluations required in Livetext.

(CLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K)

Quiz: School Counseling Portfolio

The candidate will begin working on the School Counseling Portfolio at the start of Internship Part I (COSC 699 Part I). The School Counseling Portfolio must be completed by the end of Internship Part II (COSC 699). The School Counseling Portfolio details the candidate’s experiences over the course of the school counseling program and field experiences to document “how” the candidate has met School Counselor Competencies: Advanced Internship Assessment [AIA]. The School Counseling Portfolio must be developed using the template in LiveText. The candidate is encouraged to review the School Counseling Portfolio grading rubric in LiveText when creating his/her Portfolio. Internship students will complete sections of the School Counseling Portfolio during the course of the semester.

(CLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K)

Forms Completion and Submission

The candidate is required to review all internship forms with the school counseling site supervisor and submit forms according to the timeline noted in the Course Schedule. Internship students are to complete all forms and assessments in Canvas as well as Livetext, including the Evaluation of Site Supervisor by Student form..

(CLOs: D, K)

Internship Culminating Project PowerPoint Assignment

The student will complete a PowerPoint outlining the project that they implemented at their school site.

Course Completer Contact Survey

Candidates will complete the survey at the completion of the internship course.