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Field Experience

Field Experience: School Counseling

A field experience approach is used within the school counseling tracks to provide students with on-site experiences that offer a comprehensive view of school counseling. Students are required to complete 150 supervised clock hours at each of all three levels (elementary, middle, and high school) and may register for 1-3 credits per semester with 1 credit hour equating to 150 practicum field clock hours.

Prerequisites: 24 hours of coursework including COUN 503, 505, 545, 555, 605, 610, and 612. Supervisory fee - $25.00 per credit hour. 3 credits required.  Continuous enrollment required.

Responsibilities of the Practicum Student:

  • must file a School Counseling Practicum Placement Application by October 1st for a spring placement, February 1st for a summer placement, and April 1st for a fall placement.
  • must submit a clear criminal background check, a record of a Negative Tuberculosis Screening, and the Automobile Insurance Form WITH the School Counseling Practicum Placement Application by October 1st for a spring placement, February 1st for a summer placement, and April 1st for a fall placement.
  • must register during the open registration period for COUN 638 for the required number of credit hours in the desired semester. 
  • must remain continuously enrolled in at least one credit hour of COUN 638 until all required practicum clock hours are completed.
  • is required to participate in all practicum class sessions planned by the faculty advisor.
  • is expected to be familiar with the guidelines and expectations of the Longwood University Counselor Education Program.
  • may not begin field clock hours until the first official day of the Longwood semester for which registered. 
  • will perform as a professional, responsible person at all times during the practicum and will uphold the ethical standards of the American Counseling Association.
  • upon completion of the master's degree, will apply to the Virginia Department of Education to obtain the Pupil Personnel Services License.

Responsibilities of the Faculty Supervisor:

  • will coordinate the student's field placement.
  • is responsible for communicating to the field supervisor the expectations for the practicum student and the experiences desired.
  • will meet with the student on a regularly scheduled basis for class seminars during the practicum and for other meetings with the student and the field supervisor on an as-needed basis.
  • is responsible for assignment of the course grade after consultation with the field supervisor.

Responsibilities of the Field Supervisor:

  • orient the student to the organizational structure of the site.
  • serve as a consultant to the student by providing assistance to the student in further development of school counseling theories, techniques, and materials.
  • provide the student with regular feedback and communicate with the faculty supervisor as scheduled to evaluate the student's progress.
  • complete the practicum evaluation form at the end of the semester.
 

Field Experience: Mental Health Counseling

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.

Prerequisites30 hours of coursework including COUN 500, 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:

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.

 

Field Experience: Community & College Counseling

Each of these tracks requires a 300 clock hour practicum experience in a community or college setting.  Students register for 1-3 credits per semester of COUN 680 with each credit hour equating to 100 clock hours at the practicum site. 

Prerequisites: 24 hours of coursework including COUN 503, 505, 545, 555, 605, 610, 612, 651 and 660. Supervisory fee - $25.00 per credit hour. 3 credits required.  Continuous enrollment required.

Sites where students have successfully completed the practicum experience have included:

  • Longwood University (various offices and departments)
    • First Year Experience
    • Residence Life
    • University Career Center 
    • Athletics
    • Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Various community college in Virginia

Students are encouraged to discuss practicum options with their advisor and/or to approach a provider to determine the process for applying for a placement prior to registering for the practicum (COUN 680) class.  An on-site supervisor with at least a Master's degree in a counseling related field is required.

 

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