School Counseling Internship – COSC 699

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

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 under the supervision of licensed school counselor on-site supervisor and faculty supervisor (refer to School Counseling Program Handbook). May be repeated to a maximum of six hours.

Prerequisites

(COUC 504 or EDCE 504 or COUN 504 or CMHC 504) and (COUC 522 or EDCE 522 or COUN 522 or CMHC 522) and (COSC 501 or EDCE 501) and (COSC 505 or EDCE 505) and (COSC 512 or EDCE 512) and (COSC 611 or EDCE 611) and (COSC 660 or EDCE 660) and (COSC 661 or EDCE 661) and (COUC 698 or COUN 698 or CMHC 698 or EDCE 698)

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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate introductory and intermediate counseling skills and skills development, including group facilitation. (CACREP – II.G.5.c; G.6.a-e); assessed with Advanced Competency Assessment (site supervisor evaluation), and Case Presentation for Group Supervision, Clinical Skills Self-Assessment for Taped Counseling Session form.
  2. Apply the skills to develop a therapeutic relationship, establish treatment goals and interventions, and to terminate counseling. (CACREP – II.G.5.a., G.5.d); assessed with Advanced Competency Assessment (site supervisor evaluation), Case Presentation for Group Supervision, and Clinical Skills Self-Assessment for Taped Counseling Session form.
  3. Demonstrate the abilty to assess counseling progress and student needs. (CACREP – II.G.7.b, f, g); assessed with preliminary and final Advanced Competency Assessment (site supervisor evaluation, Case Presentation for Group Supervision, and Clinical Skills Self-Assessment for Taped Counseling Session form.
  4. Exemplify personal characteristics and behaviors needed to be an effective counselor. (CACREP – II.G.5.b); assessed with preliminary and final Advanced Competency Assessment (site supervisor evaluation), Case Presentation for Group Supervision, and Clinical Skills Self-Assessment for Taped Counseling Session form.
  5. Apply ethical standards and legal mandates relevant to the school counseling setting, including but not limited to case notes, confidentiality, and signed consent. (CACREP – II.G.1.j); assessed with preliminary and final Advanced Competency Assessment (site supervisor evaluation), Case Presentation for Supervision Group Supervision, and Clinical Skills Self-Assessment for Taped Counseling Session form.
  6. Demonstrate multiculturally sensitive counseling skills and an understanding of varying abilities and strategies for differentiated interventions. (CACREP – II.G.2, G.3.e); assessed with preliminary and final Advanced Competency Assessment (site supervisor evaluation), Case Presentation for Group Supervision, and Clinical Skills Self-Assessment for Taped Counseling Session form.
  7. Demonstrates the ability to make appropriate referrals and to advocate, collaborate, and consult to promote client wellness. (CACREP – II.G.1.b,h,I; II.G.5.f); assessed with preliminary and final Advanced Competency Assessment (site  supervisor evaluation), Case Presentation for Group Supervision, and Clinical Skills Self-Assessment for Taped Counseling Session form.
  8. Apply and strengthen the abilty to apply counseling theories. (CACREP – II.G.3.a-h, II.G.5.d, e); assessed with preliminary and final Advanced Competency Assessment (site supervisor evaluation), Case Presentation for Group Supervision, and Clinical Skills Self-Assessment for Taped Counseling Session form.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of counseling in relation to human development. (CACREP – II.G.3); assessed with preliminary and final Advanced Competency Assessment (site supervisor evaluation), Case Presentation for Group Supervision, and Clinical Skills Self-Assessment for Taped Counseling Session form.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to apply crisis intervention strategies. (CACREP – II.G.1.c; II.G.3.c; II.G.5.g); assessed with preliminary and final Advanced Competency Assessment (site supervisor evaluation), Case Presentation for Group Supervision, and Clinical Skills Self-Assessment for Taped Counseling Session form.
  11. Demonstrate the ability to function as a professional school counselor in the elementary and secondary school settings. (CACREP –III.School Counseling Specialty Standards Skills and Practices Standards B, D, F, H. J, L, N, P) assesssed with preliminary and final Advanced Competency Assessment (site  supervisor evaluation), Case Presentation for Group Supervision, and Clinical Skills Self-Assessment for Taped Counseling Session form.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Internship Plan for Placement

The candidate will complete and submit the "Internship Plan for Placement" form outlining their plan for placement during internship. The plan will be reviewed by the site supervisor during Module/Week 1.

Weekly Hours Logs

The candidate must sign into LiveText Field Experience Module (FEM) each module/week to document attendance and the hours served in his/her internship site for the module/week. 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 accured in each semester of internship for a total of 240 clock hours. Optional: The candidate may also use the Practicum/Internship Weekly Log to document hours throughout placement. While the time log is completed in FEM, the FES is submitted to LiveText at the end of COSC 699 Part I and Part II. The form will only be partially complete when submitted at the end of COSC Part I. The form will be complete when submitted at the end of COSC 699 Part II.

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 (link listed in Blackboard Course Forum). 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. The candidate must complete the Case Presentation for Supervision form, and prepare to discuss the case during synchronized group supervision sessions each week. This form will be loaded to the Discussion Board Forum in Blackboard at least 24 hours prior to group supervision.

Site Supervision & Evaluation of Candidate Performance

The site supervisor must be a licensed 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 on the Liberty’s School Counseling Program Overview web page.

The candidate must participate in an average of 1 hour per module/week 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 (preliminary evaluation and final evaluation using the ACA in LiveText). The candidate’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 ACA form. Site supervisors are also requested to go into LiveText to verify the time log completed by the candidate.

Forms Completion and Submission

The candidate is required to review all internship forms with site supervisors and to submit forms according to the timeline noted on the Course Schedule in Blackboard for each semester of internship. All forms are located on the graduate online advising guide.

Taped Counseling Session

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 internship site supervisor and housed at the school site. (2) The Permission to Tape for Child/Adolescent permission form is to be uploaded in Blackboard grade book. The video will be loaded into WebEx Teams to share with faculty instructor and classmates. The candidate will share the video with the site supervisor to assess.

Discussion Board Posting (Response to Taped Counseling Session)

The candidate is required to watch each of his/her fellow candidates’ taped sessions. The candidate will provide meaningful responses in the Discussion Board Forum to 2 classmates’ taped sessions.

Portfolio

The candidate will begin working on the School Counseling Portfolio at the start of Internship Part I (COSC 699 Part I). The Portfolio must be completed by the end of Internship Part II. The Portfolio details the candidate’s experiences over the course of the school counseling program and internship and documents “how” the candidate has met school counselor competencies. The Portfolio must be developed using the template in LiveText (www.livetext.com). The candidate is encouraged to review the Portfolio grading rubric in LiveText when creating his/her Portfolio. The candidate will begin the Portfolio during Internship Part I and will continue to build upon the Portfolio until the end of Internship Part II. By the end of COSC 699 Part I, the following components of the Portfolio will be completed in LiveText: Introduction, Section A (Worldview Essay), Section B (Résumé), and Section E (Benchmark Assignments for courses taken to date). By the end of COSC 699 Part II, the following components of the Portfolio will be completed in LiveText: Section C (School Counseling Competencies), Section D (Professional Growth Essay), Section F (Culminating Projects), Section G (Field Expereience Reflection), and Section H (Test Scores and Certificates).

Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training

Virginia requires 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 as a part of their portfolio in LiveText for this course. To pass this course, the candidate must include a copy of his/her certificate from this training in Blackboard and Section H of the Portfolio in LiveText.

Dyslexia Awareness Training Module

Virginia requires 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 as a part of their portfolio in LiveText for this course. To pass this course, the candidate must include a copy of his/her certificate from this training in Blackboard and in Section H of the Portfolio in LiveText.

Evaluation of Site Supervisor by Candidate

The candidate will use the Evaluation of Site Supervisor by Student form to evaluate his/her internship experience and site supervisor. The candidate must complete these forms during the final modules/weeks of both COSC 699 Part I and COSC 699 Part II.