Practicum – COUC 998

CG • Section 16WK • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 05/26/2022

Course Description

Supervised practice of counseling. Focus is on the skills and development of the counselor under the supervision and guidance of staff in that setting. Students will actively participate in counseling situations with individuals and groups.

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

Rationale

In the Practicum course, doctoral students participate in a planned 100-hour advanced clinical experience at an approved agency or other setting under an approved supervisor. During the fieldwork experience, students continue the process of developing from a post-graduate clinician to that of a counselor educator. Since students have completed their entry-level coursework, this fieldwork experience provides provide a supervised, field-based, work experience that allows students to integrate and synthesize theories and techniques learned in the classroom in a real work setting as well as develop more fully the personal qualities, characteristics, and behavior of a professional counselor and counselor educator. Consistent with CACREP standards (2016 Section 6.C), the doctoral practicum is a minimum of 100 hours, of which 40 hours must be providing direct counseling services. The nature of the doctoral-level practicum experience is to be determined in consultation with the clinical director, the counselor education program faculty. and/or a doctoral committee.

Method of Instruction: This semester-long course is delivered using a digital synchronous learning format. Students attend 1.5 hours of video-based group supervision each week. In addition to the weekly digital synchronous class time, students are expected to complete additional work over the duration of the semester.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of accreditation standards pertaining to doctoral internships.
  2. Identify roles and responsibilities of a counselor educator as related to the clinical training of counselors.
  3. Identify and apply the ACA Code of Ethics to clinical practice and the clinical training of counselors.
  4. Identify and apply a theoretical approach to counseling that informs the interventions used when working with a client
  5. Conceptualize clients from multiple theoretical perspectives
  6. Utilize evidence-based counseling practices
  7. Identify and apply methods for evaluating counseling effectiveness
  8. Identify and apply ethical and culturally relevant counseling in multiple settings
  9. Critically analyze and synthesize course content from a biblical worldview

Doctoral Key Performance Indicator Matrix Assignments

Key Performance Indicator

Evidence: Course/Learning Experience

Counseling (DOC 6.B.1) Students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate and apply counseling theories across diverse populations and settings (Measures PLO #4)

Benchmark Video and Verbatim Assignment

Benchmark Presentation and Case Conceptualization Assignment

Student Learning Outcomes

Doctoral Matrix of Student Competencies

6.B.1 Counseling


CACREP Standard

Course/Experience – Evidence

B.1.a.  scholarly examination of theories relevant to counseling

Presentation Development Progress & Log Verification Quiz

Site & Faculty Supervisor Eval (CCS-R)

Video & Verbatim Assignment

Benchmark Video & Verbatim Assignment

Presentation & Case Conceptualization Assignment

Benchmark Presentation & Case Conceptualization Assignment

B.1.b. integration of theories relevant to counseling

Presentation Development Progress & Log Verification Quiz

Site & Faculty Supervisor Eval (CCS-R)

Video & Verbatim Assignment

Benchmark Video & Verbatim Assignment

Presentation & Case Conceptualization Assignment

Benchmark Presentation & Case Conceptualization Assignment

Student Self-Evaluation of Counseling Assignment

B.1.c. conceptualization of clients from multiple theoretical perspectives

Presentation Development Progress & Log Verification Quiz

Site & Faculty Supervisor Eval (CCS-R)

Video & Verbatim Assignment

Benchmark Video & Verbatim Assignment

Presentation & Case Conceptualization Assignment

Benchmark Presentation & Case Conceptualization Assignment

B.1.d. evidence-based counseling practices.

Presentation Development Progress & Log Verification Quiz

Site & Faculty Supervisor Eval (CCS-R)

Video & Verbatim Assignment

Benchmark Video & Verbatim Assignment

Presentation & Case Conceptualization Assignment

Benchmark Presentation & Case Conceptualization Assignment

B.1.e. methods for evaluating counseling effectiveness.

Presentation Development Progress & Log Verification Quiz

Site & Faculty Supervisor Eval (CCS-R)

Video & Verbatim Assignment

Benchmark Video & Verbatim Assignment

Presentation & Case Conceptualization Assignment

Benchmark Presentation & Case Conceptualization Assignment

Student Self-Evaluation of Counseling Assignment

B.1.f. ethical and culturally relevant counseling in multiple settings.

Presentation Development Progress & Log Verification Quiz

Site & Faculty Supervisor Eval (CCS-R)

Video & Verbatim Assignment

Benchmark Video & Verbatim Assignment

Presentation & Case Conceptualization Assignment

Benchmark Presentation & Case Conceptualization Assignment

Student Self-Evaluation of Counseling Assignment

Course Assignment

Course Readings and Presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Advising Acknowledgement Quiz

Quiz: Liability Insurance Verification

The student must submit a copy of liability insurance in order to prove that he/she has maintained liability insurance throughout the Practicum and the three Internship courses. No student may begin or remain in practicum or an internship without appropriate liability insurance.

Quiz: Presentation Development Progress (8)

The purpose of these quizzes is to ensure the student reports acknowledgement of weekly progress on the Video and Verbatim Assignments and Presentation Case Conceptualization Assignments through 1 true/false question on the quiz. There are 8 quizzes throughout the course. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)

Quiz: Log Verification (4)

The student will submit in LiveText the hours he/she has completed thus far in their internship. The student will then submit a copy of his/her Log through 1 true/false question on the quiz. There are 4 Log quizzes throughout the course. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)

Quiz: Site Supervisor Evaluations (2)

Each semester, the site supervisor will submit two evaluations of the student's competencies using the CCS-R, one at midterm and one at the end of the semester. Because these evaluations are submitted through LiveText, it is important that the student download a copy of the evaluation for the Candidacy Exam as well as for his/her personal records. In addition, the completion of this assignment will ensure that all students have taken the opportunity to carefully review the results. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)

Student Self—Evaluation of Counseling Assignment

The student must complete a self-evaluation at the end of his/her internship. The purpose of this paper is to help engage the student in the process of reflective learning as he/she nears the end of the semester, thus affording the student an opportunity to demonstrate self-awareness, self-evaluation, and the ability to develop a specific action plan that will aid in professional development. Along with the evaluations filled out by faculty and site-supervisors, this self-evaluation of the student's experiences as a counselor during this semester provides him/her with a comprehensive assessment of their overall professional growth. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)

Video and Verbatim Assignment

For the purposes of faculty supervision and site supervision, interns must record two counseling sessions to submit to site supervisors and three counseling sessions to be presented during Faculty Group Supervision. The session due dates correspond with the student presentation date. The student will submit a verbatim form with a five to eight-minute segment of the recorded session. Faculty will provide feedback on this portion of the session. (MLO: D, E, F, G, H, I)

For the purposes of faculty supervision and site supervision, interns must record two counseling sessions to submit to site supervisors and three counseling sessions to be presented during Faculty Group Supervision. The session due dates correspond with the student presentation date. The student will submit a verbatim form with a five to eight-minute segment of the recorded session. Faculty will provide feedback on this portion of the session. This assignment will be submitted to LiveText. (MLO: D, E, F, G, H, I) 

Presentation and Case Conceptualization Assignment

The case presentation is an opportunity to integrate all learning from the counseling curriculum and will include sections/sub-headings that address important areas for treatment. The student will identify a problem, make a diagnosis, and come up with goals/objectives for the client. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)

The Benchmark case presentation is an opportunity to integrate all learning from the counseling curriculum and will include sections/sub-headings that address important areas for treatment. The student will identify a problem, make a diagnosis, and come up with goals/objectives for the client. This assignment will be submitted to LiveText. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)

Quiz: Faculty Supervisor Final Evaluation

The faculty supervisor will submit a final evaluation using the CCS-R at the end of the semester. Because these evaluations are submitted through LiveText, it is important that the student downloads a copy of the evaluation for the Candidacy Exam as well as for their personal records. In addition, the completion of this assignment will ensure that all students have taken the opportunity to carefully review the results.

Quiz: Client Evaluation of Counseling Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to obtain feedback from the client regarding their satisfaction with the treatment provided by the counselor. This allows the counselor to assess the client’s perception the effectiveness of an individual session and/or over the course of treatment (post treatment). The evaluations associated with this assignment are designed to gather data to help the counselor and supervisor identify and address areas of strength and growth for the counselor in training. Additionally, this provides the client a safe and anonymous way to give constructive feedback on their experience while working with the counselor in training. For this assignment, the counselor will provide clients with the Client Satisfaction Survey (Post-Treatment) during the termination session (or as determined by your supervisor). It is strongly suggested that they provide the client with the Client Satisfaction Survey (End of Session) following each session.

Quiz: Student Evaluation of Site and Supervisor

As stakeholders, students have an important role in evaluating the effectiveness of their internship experience. Specifically, interns can provide valuable feedback on the quality and effectiveness of your site and supervisor. This allows the program to assess and improve these internship opportunities for the future. Therefore, interns are asked to fill out an evaluation of their faculty supervisor and their teaching or supervision site at the end of their internship. (MLO: B, C, G, H)