Counseling Practica/Internships

Counseling Practica and Internships

Program Goal: The primary goal of this training program is to provide student-clinicians with the experience and supervision necessary to begin to master core relational and intervention competencies and prepare them for entry-level practice.

Training Model

The counseling practicum and internship experience is an opportunity for the student to practice and demonstrate skills in diagnosis and assessment, relationship and rapport building, and counseling interventions and treatment. Additionally, practicum students will learn about agency operations, socially responsible practice, and professional collaboration with other mental health professionals and providers.
The externship and internship program uses the model of training, as articulated by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs as the base for its training program. The externship and internship programs have six core goals with attendant objectives and competencies.

Training Model Goals

Achievement of goals is measured across three domains: knowledge, skills, and attitude.

  • Goal One: Appropriate entry-level development within the relationship competency across all professional activities
  • Goal Two: Appropriate entry-level competence in clinical assessment and conceptualization
  • Goal Three: Appropriate entry-level competence in the delivery of professional counseling interventions
  • Goal Four: Appropriate entry-level competence in consultation and education of the counseling profession.
  • Goal Five:  Appropriate entry-level competence in understanding and integrating diversity in all aspects counseling activities
  • Goal Six:  Appropriate entry-level competence in understanding and applying counseling ethical standards
  • Goal Seven:  Appropriate entry-level oral and written communication skills
  • Goal Eight:  Appropriate entry-level professional conduct and attitudes encompassing the values and standards of the counseling profession
  • Goal Nine:  Appropriate entry-level competence in knowledge and application of social responsibility

Training Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the externship and internship, student-clinicians are expected to demonstrate the following:

  • Appropriate entry-level competence in the areas of relationship, assessment, intervention, and consultation/education;
  • An understanding of the importance of disciplined inquiry and the use of the counseling model in providing clinical services;
  • An appreciation of and respect for the role of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion, age, and other aspects of individual and cultural diversity in providing services and working with individuals, groups, and families;
  • A basic understanding of the major psychological theoretical orientations including key concepts of Adlerian theory and practice;
  • A sensitivity to the importance of social determinants that may contribute to the overall health of an individual;
  • Individual responsibility, cooperation, and collaboration in working with others and a commitment to contributing to the greater good of the community; and
  • A commitment to the highest standards of professional ethics, lifelong learning, and professional development.