2014-2015 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2014) 
    
    Aug 10, 2022  
2014-2015 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Clinical Mental Health Counseling


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In the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Field Experience, students receive a supervised clinical experience with emphasis on the knowledge and practice of counseling skills, theories, competencies, and best practices. Students are provided with experiential learning opportunities in preparation for entering into the mental health counseling profession in the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Field Experience.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum

The practicum is the first experiential training component of field experience. Practicum is defined as “a distinctly defined, supervised clinical experience in which the student develops basic counseling skills and integrates professional knowledge” (CACREP, 2009). It comprises students securing a field site that meets the policies and criteria listed in the field experience manual, submitting an application to start the practicum on or before the deadlines listed in the field experience manual, satisfactorily completing the practicum in one academic quarter of coursework, participating in onsite in-person individual/triadic supervision, participating in group university supervision via video conferencing, maintaining standards of professionalism and ethics, earning satisfactory evaluations from university and site supervisors, and complying with all university policies.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship

The internship field experience is completed after the student has fulfilled the practicum experience. According to the CACREP standards (2009), internship is “a distinctly defined, postpracticum, supervised ‘capstone’ clinical experience in which the student refines and enhances basic counseling or student development knowledge and skills, and integrates and authenticates professional knowledge and skills appropriate to his or her program and initial postgraduate professional placement.” It comprises students securing a field site that meets the policies and criteria listed in the field experience manual, submitting an application to start internship on or before the deadlines listed in the field experience manual, satisfactorily completing the internship in two academic quarters of coursework, participating in direct and indirect counseling hours, participating in onsite in-person individual/triadic supervision, participating in group university supervision via video conferencing, maintaining standards of professionalism and ethics, earning satisfactory evaluations from university and site supervisors, and complying with all university policies.

See more at: School of Counseling Office of Field Experience Website.