Field Experience: Mental Health Tracks
At the conclusion of the Mental Health track, each student will complete an internship of 600 clock hours, consistent with the requirement for licensure as a professional counselor in Virginia. 240 of the 600 clock hours must consist of direct client contact. Students may register for 1-6 credits of COUN 692 per semester, with each credit hour equating to 100 clock internship hours. Typically, the internship is fulfilled with two semesters of 300 clock hours each.
Prerequisites: 30 hours of coursework including COUN 503, 505, 545, 555, 605, 610, 612, 651 and 660. Supervisory fee - $25.00 per credit hour. 6 credits required. Continuous enrollment required.
Sites where students have completed internships have included:
- Crossroads Community Services Board
- Family Preservation Services
- Longwood University Counseling Center
- Horizon Behavioral Health
- Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
- Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation
- The Women's Initiative
Students are encouraged to discuss internship options with their advisor and/or to approach a provider to determine the process for applying for an internship prior to registering for the Internship (COUN 692) class. An on-site supervisor with at least a Master's degree in a couseling-related field is required.