Practicum and Internship

The field experiences courses in Practicum/Internship are rich, professional opportunities for you to integrate and apply knowledge and skills in settings specific to your fields. You will take courses concurrently with your field experience to apply knowledge and skills as meaningful opportunities toward professional growth. In the field, you will adhere to the professional organizations’ codes of ethics for practicing within your respective scope of practice under the supervision of a university faculty member and a qualified site supervisor. Early in your programs of study, we begin encouraging you to establish a field site aligned with your professional goals.

Field experience courses are taken sequentially over the period of three 15-week semesters (Fall/Spring) and 10-week semesters (Summer).

The School Counseling Program requires one Practicum CNDV 5390 and two Internships CNDV 5390C. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program requires one Practicum CNDV 5392 and two Internships CNDV 5394A/B taken sequentially over the period of two semesters.

Practicum requirements include:

  • 40 clock hours of direct service and 60 indirect hours with actual clients which contributes to the development of counseling skills
  • Weekly interaction that averages one hour per week of individual and/or triadic supervision throughout the field experience
  • Weekly university group supervision for an average of 1.5 hours in length

Internship requirements include:

  • 120 clock hours of direct service and 180 indirect hours with actual clients
  • Weekly interaction that averages one hour per week of individual and/or triadic supervision throughout the field experience
  • Weekly university group supervision which is no less than 1.5 hours in length

Students in the School Counseling Program who reside in Texas must complete Practicum and Internship at a Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved site with a qualified site supervisor who holds a certification in school counseling with 3 years’ professional experience. Field experience courses in the School Counseling Program are offered only in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Applications to Practicum and Internship

You'll complete the practicum experience under the supervision of a faculty member supervisor and a site supervisor. Candidates must know, in advance of applying, the name and contact information for their site and for their site supervisor, who must be qualified through appropriate credentials and have a minimum of 3 years’ experience.

The application requires that you provide: a) documentation of coursework completed through a degree audit in Self-Service Banner; b) documentation of your skill development from CNDV 5310 Counseling Skills and CNDV 5380 Residency Skill Evaluation; and c) candidates in the School Counseling Program must include your Pre-evaluation Observation Skills Feedback.

Applications to the Practicum and Internship must be submitted at least one full semester prior to the course offering and can be found under Applications in TK20.