PRACTICUM 

 

The practicum is mandatory for students seeking licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in Pennsylvania. The practicum is a 100-hour experience that includes 6-7 hours per week at the practicum site, plus 1.5 hours of classroom supervision weekly. Content for the practicum experience includes biopsychosocial assessment, case formulation, diagnosis, and treatment planning. Students may engage in: group counseling co-facilitation, case conferences, educational experiences, and individual counseling as considered appropriate by the site supervisor. The overall goal of the practicum is preparation for internship. Because of the requirements of our various sites, practicum can begin only during the fall or summer sessions.  Please plan accordingly.  Consult with your advisor or the Coordinator of Master’s Field Placements if you have any questions. 

 

Practicum Prerequisites

  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Psychopathology
  • Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy I
  • Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy

 

Students typically continue with internship immediately after the practicum.  Please be sure you have completed enough coursework to be able to continue into internship

 

Internship

Students accept the responsibility of applying and interviewing for their internship. A detailed procedure for this process is presented at the internship information sessions that students are required to attend.  Please contact  Coordinator of Masters Field Placements, for dates and times of these sessions.

 

Internship Prerequisites

Prior to registering for internship, students must have successfully completed a minimum of 30 credits including all of the following courses:

  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
     
  • Psychopathology
     
  • Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy I
     
  • Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy II (May be taken concurrently with the first semester of field placement)
     
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy
     
  • Practicum (PSYG 705) or CFT Internship I (PSYG 710) for Couple and Family Therapy students only
     
  • Two Concentration Courses (students in the generalist curriculum may use any two non-core courses)

 

Important Procedures/Policies (in preparation for practicum/internship) 

  • Contact the Coordinator of Master’s Field Placements to pre-register for practicum/internship.  You are required to pre-register two terms prior to the term you plan to begin. Group information sessions will be held each term. Students may begin the practicum/internship sequence in the summer or fall terms only.  No student may begin a field placement in the spring semester.
     
  • A practicum/internship resource book is available from the internship coordinator. This book contains a listing of previously used sites and information regarding the sites. Students may also seek new practicum/internship placements. However, the Coordinator of Master’s Field Placements, consistent with program policies, must approve all sites.
     
  • Prepare a vitae, as you will need it to interview for practicum/internship. All other paperwork necessary for the interview process will be distributed at the practicum/internship information sessions.
     
  • Once you have decided on a site, you are responsible for arranging for and delivering completed paperwork to the Coordinator of Master’s Field Placements. As part of the practicum/internship process all students are required to procure liability insurance. Information about obtaining liability insurance will be available at the information sessions from the Coordinator of Master's Field Placements. Students are not permitted to begin a practicum or internship without liability insurance and must maintain it until the field placement is completed. Students are required to submit verification of coverage to both the Coordinator of Master’s Field Placements and the field site supervisor.
     
  • A practicum or internship may not be completed at a site where the student is or has been employed.
     
  • All students are required to participate in a group supervision class each term of their practicum/internship. You may register at the beginning of each term for one of the practicum or internship classes upon approval by the Coordinator of the Master’s Field Placements.

 

Internship Requirements

During the actual internship placement students must meet the following requirements:

  • Students interested in seeking LPC licensure in Pennsylvania, must work at the field site a minimum of 700 hours over a minimum of three terms, including the practicum semester and two semesters of internship. Of these 700 hours, 240 must be spent in direct-client contact. Students seeking LMFT licensure in Pennsylvania, must complete a total of 300 direct-client contact hours over the course of a full calendar year (3 terms) and a total of 700 hours at the internship site.
     
  • Students must attend a weekly seminar at the College. The seminar will provide an opportunity for students to raise issues about their cases and their internship experience. (Note: Students must register for the corresponding seminar for each term of Internship: PSYG 705 or 710, PSYG 715, PSYG 725, PSYG 735.)
     
  • Final grades will be globally based on regular attendance and participation in the weekly seminar, performance at the internship site, the timely submission of required paperwork, and the site supervisor’s written evaluation.
     
  • All students are expected to comply with the rules and regulations of the internship site and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

 

Suspension/Termination of Field Experience

In extreme cases, the Internship or Practicum Site Supervisor or the CHC Internship or Practicum Group Supervisor may suspend a student’s internship or practicum, while circumstances are being reviewed by the Coordinator of Master’s Field Placements. The length of a suspension is determined by the nature of the situation. Every effort is made to expedite the process in the best interest of the student and clients involved.

 

A student’s practicum or internship may be terminated prior to completion by either the Site Supervisor or the Coordinator of Field Placements if the student’s performance is considered inadequate, unethical, or in violation of the program policies as stated in the catalog and/or the Practicum/Internship Handbook. Termination of a practicum or internship based on student performance constitutes grounds for dismissal from the program. The Co-Coordinators of the Master’s Program must recommend dismissal to the Chair of the Department of Professional Psychology and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Supporting documentation stating the reason(s) for dismissal is to be provided, in writing, to the student, the Chair, and the Dean.

 

If a student is terminated from a practicum or internship and consequently terminated from the College, the student may, within ten days of the College’s termination, appeal to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, stating the reasons for disagreement with termination from the College and presenting evidence in support of the appeal. After appropriate consultation, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies will provide a final decision to the student.

 

It is very important to note that more in-depth information concerning termination policies, the appeals procedure, and the probation policy are presented in the Practicum/Internship Handbook. Each student applying for practicum or internship needs to become familiar with this information.  Practicum and internship students are responsible for knowledge of and compliance with the content of this handbook and the policies of Chestnut Hill College.