Practicum & Internship FAQs

1. Can I complete my Practicum/Internship at a site where I may encounter dual relationships (my church, the school my children attend, the school I previously attended, etc.)?

Completing Practicum/Internship at a site where dual relationships are possible is strongly discouraged.
Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. If approved, supervising faculty should be aware of
the situation so they can help prepare the student for the role change, relationship change, and
dynamics that may be experienced. If a student suspects he/she will encounter a dual relationship at
the potential site, this information should be disclosed on the Checklist for Potential Supervisor
document.

2. Can I complete my Practicum/Internship in the same school district/agency where I am currently employed?

Situations in which a student would like to complete Practicum/Internship at his/her place of
employment will be reviewed by the Counseling Department and approved on a case-by-case basis.
Consideration will be given to the following factors:
  • Is the student doing a new job with goals and objectives different from those of his/her day-today
  • job? Please explain.
  • Is the student obtaining a distinctively different experience than is received from his/her regular
  • job? Please explain and provide job descriptions.
  •  Is the proposed site supervisor also the student’s work supervisor?  If not, please identify each individual.
  • What are the student's reasons for wanting to complete Practicum/Internship at his/her place of
  • employment?
  • How will the student adjust his/her schedule to accommodate the Practicum/Internship hours?

If you would like to complete a Practicum/Internship at your place of employment, please submit a job
description for the Practicum/Internship experience and the thorough answers to the questions above
to the Practicum and Internship Coordinator, Amy Cook.

3. Can I complete a Practicum and Internship at the same site? Can all three of my field experiences be with the same site?

For Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling Students:
Students are each required to have at least two different field experiences. This could be in the form of
a Practicum at Site A and two Internships at Site B, one Practicum and one Internship at Site A and a
second Internship at Site B, or a Practicum at Site A, first Internship at Site B, and second Internship at
Site A.

However, ideally, students will choose three different sites in order to gain diverse experiences, learn
from a variety of supervisors, and develop connections with a wide range of professionals in the field.
For School Counseling Students: Students should have experiences with at least two different districts
(although our recommendation is to obtain experience with three different districts), three different site
supervisors, and three different schools.

4. What credentials are my site supervisors required to have?

For students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track, at least one site supervisor must be a Licensed Professional Counselor (or state equivalent). Students can meet this requirement by being
supervised by an LPC for either Practicum, Internship I, or Internship II.

For students in the Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling track, at least one site supervisor must be a
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (or state equivalent). Students can meet this requirement by being supervised by an LMFT for either Practicum, Internship I, or Internship II.

For students in the Clinical Mental Health and Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling tracks, all site supervisors must have an appropriate license, at least a master's degree in counseling or a related field, and at least 2 years of experience in the counseling field.

Examples of appropriate licenses include Licensed Psychiatrist, Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

For students in the School Counseling track, all site supervisors must have a minimum of a master'sdegree in counseling or a related profession, be certified school counselors with a minimum of 3 years of school counseling experience and one year of experience within the school where he/she currently works.

All site supervisors will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Factors considered in the approval process include education, experience, supervision training, and license/certification(s) earned.

5. For School Counseling Students: Does a middle school placement count towards my secondary or elementary Internship?

Elementary certification is considered to be K-6 and secondary certification is for grades 7-12. Each
student in the School Counseling track is required to have at least 20 hours of experience at each level.
Practicum may be spent working with either elementary, middle, or high school students. One
Internship must be elementary and one must be secondary. Options for placements are outlined in the
following chart:


 Practicum Internship (1st or 2nd)   Internship (1st or 2nd)
Option 1
Middle School High School Elementary School
Option 2 Elementary School Elementary School High School (with at least 20 hoursspent at the Middle School level)
Option 3 High School Elementary School Middle School
Option 4 Middle School Middle School (with at least 20hours spent at the High Schoollevel) Elementary School
Option 5 High School High School (with at least 20hours spent at the MiddleSchool level) Elementary School