Field Experience: Mental Health Counseling
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling track requires both a 100- hour practicum and a 600- hour internship in order to complete the program, with 40 hours of client contact per 100 hours at the site.
The practicum (COUN 592) is completed toward the end of the first year of study. Prerequisites: COUN 503, 505, 507, 545 and 605.
Students are encouraged to discuss potential sites with their advisor, who will offer suggestions and provide them with a copy of the Practicum/Internship Manual. 100 clock hours on site with 40 direct client contact hours are required, as well as a satisfactory completion of the class, which consists of group supervision facilitated by a faculty member. An on-site supervisor with at least a Master’s degree in a counseling-related field is required.
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, but can be done in three semesters of 200 clock hours each.
Prerequisites: COUN 503, 505, 507, 510, 545, 555, 592, 601, 605, 610, and 651. Supervisory fee - $25.00 per credit hour. Taken at the end of program. Variable credit per semester of enrollment from 2 – 6 credits. (1 credit may be taken in intersession only) Six (6) credit hours required. Must be continuously enrolled until completion. Graded Pass/Satisfactory Progress/Not Pass.
Sites where students have completed internships have included:
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 counseling-related field is required.