PRACTICUM IN COUNSELING
Winter Term, 2009
TEXT: Becoming a Professional
Experience in performing the activities that a regularly employed community counselor/school counselor is expected to perform in a professional counseling setting under the direct supervision of the program faculty and the site supervisor. Weekly site supervision is provided for observed, recorded, and reported experiences from the field setting. Additional faculty supervision is provided during 4 weekends throughout the duration of this semester.
The major function/role of counseling is to
facilitate individual and interpersonal development throughout
the life span. There are many approaches
to promoting the individual’s development, no one of which may serve all.
A. Accept and use supervisory feedback to improve counseling effectiveness.
B. Actively and constructively participate in peer group supervision.
C. Demonstrate appropriate use of core counseling skills (e.g., attending, empathy, respect, concreteness, genuineness, and confrontation.)
D. Use counseling skills and competencies
E. Conduct initial client assessments and make recommendations for counseling services.
F. Demonstrate ability to appropriately prepare clinical documentation.
G. Learn to integrate theory with practice.
H. Continue to develop a coherent personalized counseling approach that is adequately based on accepted counseling theory and research.
I. Critically evaluate their in-session counseling behaviors.
J. Accurately assess their own counseling strengths and weaknesses.
K. Engage in professional and ethical conduct at all times.
L. Demonstrate awareness, knowledge and skills in counseling clients who are culturally different, including racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation and socioeconomic differences.
A) Case File: (20% of
final grade). You will be required to
videotape an actual counseling session and assemble an actual case file for a
client you are working with. Over the course
of this semester, you will sign up for which weekend you will be presenting
your case and will only present one case to the classroom for discussion and
constructive feedback. Your video is
to be at least 35 minutes long. However,
we may only have time to review a portion of the video in class. The class will view this videotape
(either in VHS or DVD format) with you and will ask questions, offer feedback
and provide suggestions. The purpose of
this assignment is to help you polish your counseling skills. If your agency or school will not allow for
videotaping or if you cannot find a client who will give consent, then you
should find someone (such as a friend, or relative, or neighbor, or another
classmate) who would be willing to participate.
Be sure to get a consent form signed by the client indicating that you
are a graduate student who is serving as a counselor intern and that they are
aware that a graduate class and the professor will be reviewing this tape and
Case Conceptualization (which is a one-page double-spaced brief summary of the client and their issues)
Treatment Plan (which is a one-page double-spaced statement of what problem(s) you would address, what treatment strategies you would employ, long term goal(s), and short term objectives.)
Self-evaluation (which is a one-page double-spaced reflection on what theoretical approach you took, how you thought you did and what you thought about your body language as well as what you should have done differently)
Your entire presentation of the video and the discussion that follows should take about 40 minutes to complete. You will prepare and complete only one of these cases over the course of the semester. If you do not have a video camera, consult with your fellow classmates, friends, relatives, or neighbors to borrow one for this project.
B) Student Log Review, Accrual of minimum required internship hours, and turning in evaluation forms as scheduled: (50% of final grade) During each weekend that we meet, your professor will ask each student to turn in their log to sign off on their hours accrued. The site supervisor should sign off on the student’s hours on a weekly basis. Half of your grade in this class is determined by your ability to turn in the evaluation forms and log books as scheduled as well as complete the required 100 hours of supervised internship hours (40 of these hours are direct contact and 60 hours are indirect contact hours) as well as your ability to turn in your log book for review each Friday that we meet for class. Your site supervisor’s comments will also be considered as well.
You cannot take an “incomplete” for this course because this will prevent you from being able to sign up for the advanced internship course. Therefore, in some unforeseen instance that you will not be able to accrue the required minimum hours, please consult with your professor and/or division chair on how best to address your situation.
C) Book Review: (30%
of final grade). You will read and
review one book dealing with direct therapeutic instruction or techniques. This book should reflect an approach that you
either attempt to utilize or an area of interest for you. For your book review, reflect upon several of
the cases from class and discuss what you learned from this experience or what
you might have done differently.
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES:
Classes will meet the following weekends during the semester:
November 13 and 14
December 4 and 5
January 8 and 9
February 12 and 13
ATTENDANCE: Attendance is critical to success in this class as well as mastery of the material and subject. Regular attendance and participation will play a part in determining the final grade. Only emergency situations will be considered as possible exceptions. According to the student catalogue, “Any student who misses 25% or more of the regularly scheduled class meetings will receive a grade of F in the course.”