2018–2019 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2018) 
    
    May 31, 2020  
2018–2019 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Field Experience in School Counseling


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Students in the MS in School Counseling Field Experience receive a supervised clinical experience with emphasis on the knowledge and practice of counseling skills, theories, competencies, and best practices. The MS in School Counseling field experience students are provided with experiential learning opportunities in preparation for entering into the school counseling profession.

School Counseling Practicum

The practicum is the first experiential training component of field experience. Practicum is “a distinctly defined, supervised clinical experience in which the student develops basic counseling skills and integrates professional knowledge” (CACREP). Students secure a field site that meets the policies and criteria listed in the Field Experience Manual, submit an application to start practicum within the posted application windows, and satisfactorily complete the practicum in one academic quarter of coursework. Students complete at least 100 hours, including at least 40 direct hours with clients, while participating in weekly onsite, in-person individual/triadic supervision with the approved site supervisor and group supervision via videoconference with the faculty supervisor (practicum instructor), earning satisfactory evaluations from faculty and site supervisors, and adhering to all SOC-OFE policies outlined in the Field Experience Manual, as well as site and university policies, the ACA code of ethics, and all state regulations for counseling professionals.

School Counseling Internship

The internship field experience is completed after the student has satisfactorily completed the practicum experience. According to the CACREP standards, internship is “a distinctly defined, post-practicum, 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.” Students secure a field site that meets the policies and criteria listed in the Field Experience Manual, submit an application to start internship within the posted application windows, and satisfactorily complete the internship in two academic quarters of coursework. Students complete a minimum of 600 hours, including at least 240 direct hours with clients (of which at least 10 hours must be in group counseling), while participating in weekly onsite, in-person individual/triadic supervision with the approved site supervisor and group supervision via videoconference with the faculty supervisor (internship instructor), earning satisfactory evaluations from faculty and site supervisors, and adhering to all SOC-OFE policies outlined in the Field Experience Manual, as well as site and university policies, the ACA code of ethics, and all state regulations for counseling professionals.

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