Counseling

Practicum & Internships

The Counseling Practicum

The Chadron State College Counseling, Psychology and Social Work Department welcomes you to counseling practicum. We are committed to the development of counselors who will provide effective counseling services. Supervised experiential activities are vital to this development. Throughout your training you will participate in a variety of experience-based activities ranging from in-class role-plays to providing counseling services to individual clients.

Your practicum experiences are your opportunity to apply your counseling training to real clients. For most counselor trainees, it means “finally” being able to accomplish what you enrolled in your graduate program to do. You will conduct actual counseling sessions. You will review each case with your site-supervisor and practicum class on a regular basis. You will learn how to complete case documentation. You will attend class and review cases with your colleagues. You will learn to critique yourself and become a more skillful counselor.

For more information, please refer to our Counseling Practicum Handbook PDF Document

Introduction to Supervised Internship

Philosophy

Supervised fieldwork is a critical component of the student's educational experience. The fieldwork experience is designed to refine and enhance the basic counseling or student developmental skills and integrate professional knowledge and skills appropriate to the student's specialization. It is expected that each student will be able to incorporate and utilize individual and group counseling skills in accord with the theories of counseling in providing direct services to clients.

To the Counseling Intern

The Internship course is the culminating experience for you in your counseling master’s program. You have worked hard to be at this point. The site supervisor and the college supervisor are available to support as you enter your professional role. You will be applying the theoretical approaches and the skills you have learned and practiced in the program. You are beginning your professional journey.

Prerequisites

The prerequisites for the Internship are the completion of the two Counseling Practicum courses COUN 639 A & B for six credit hours for the Community Counseling program. Students in the School Counseling program need to complete three credit hours in COUN 639 A. Students should consult with their advisor and Practicum instructor prior to enrolling in Counseling Internship COUN 633.

Application Procedures

PDF document Chadron State Counseling Internship Handbook

This handbook is a guide for both the counseling supervisor and the college intern. The handbook describes the responsibilities and expectations of the site, college and student.