The professional sequence includes the following clinical placements typically accomplished across three semesters:
- The Practicum experience requires a one-semester placement that allows students initial exposure to a clinical setting. The student’s role is primarily one of shadowing experienced professionals. The student explores the counselor role and the delivery services with clients and staff under the frequent supervision of a site supervisor. The student completes 150 hours of practicum placement, including 40 hours of direct client service.
- The Internship placement typically consists of two courses spanning two semesters. Students complete approximately 20 hours a week in a clinical setting designed to move the student toward independent work with clients but under the full supervision of a site supervisor. Several internship sites require 40 hours per week. Students must complete a required 600 hours of internship placement, including 240 hours of direct client contact.