Instructor: Dr. John Lemoncelli, Ed.D.
Phone: 570-348-6211, Ext. 2317
Field work experience in an approved work setting, compatible with career goals, under the direction of an Internship Supervisor from the Department of Psychology and Counseling and a qualified professional from the cooperating internship site. The student will become familiar with the setting, its operation, systems and organization, as well as, with the population served.
This experience follows the formal educational and preparation program. It is at this point that practica, field experiences, and the whole preparation program come together and the intern is given the freedom and independence to demonstrate acquired competencies in a real counseling situation. The internship includes activities that a regularly employed staff member should be expected to perform.
Each term must be covered by an agreement signed by the President of the University and the Administrator of the agency or institution in which the internship is to be completed.
Boylan, John C. Boylan, Patrick Malley, Eileen Reilly Practicum and Internship: Textbook for Counseling and Psychotherapy, Second Edition, Taylor and Francis, Publishers, Inc. Philadelphia and London.
The Internship Supervisor will make arrangements for the internship and will submit a written contract to the on-site administrator prior to the beginning of the internship experience. Both parties must sign the contract between the University and the Internship Site, covering the actual time span of the experience and appropriate legal issues, before the internship can formally commence. The Internship Supervisor will meet with the interns on a weekly basis throughout the semester and with individual interns, by appointment, as often as deemed necessary.
The Supervising Counselor will be responsible, with the approval of the Administrator, for providing opportunities for the intern to engage in a variety of appropriate counseling activities under supervision, and will evaluate the intern's performance throughout the internship experience.
Individual Counseling - Approximately 40% (360 hours) of the internship experience should consist of direct service to clients. Developing a counseling relationship with student over time is expected.
Selection of the Internship Site:
After consultation with the student, the Internship Supervisor will contact the Administrator at the preferred site to obtain permission for a student to do his/her internship there and to request the assignment of a Supervising Counselor. The student will then visit the site to finalize arrangements. A counselor-trainee who is currently employed in a counseling position in a university, school, or agency setting may complete his/her internship "on the job" providing that he/she fulfills all the requirements. Note: Arrangements are entirely subject to the approval of the school, university or agency.
Selection of Clients:
Clients are selected with the cooperation of the Administration and the assistance of Supervising Counselor.
Length of the counseling sessions:
This cannot be specified, other than generally. Twenty to forty minutes would be typical. Shorter sessions usually do not allow for the establishment of a real relationship. Longer sessions are common as the counselor gains experience.
The ACA Code of Ethics must be complied with in all phases of the internship.
Interns must be enrolled in the American Counseling Association (ACA) Professional Liability Program or with another appropriate insurance carrier prior to the start of their internship experience.
Practicum must be completed successfully before the counseling internship begins.
Each counseling intern will be expected to invest a minimum of 600 or 900 (School or Mental Health Programs respectively) hours in his or her internship experience.
A log of dates, amounts of time involved, and nature of the client involvement should be recorded, and a typewritten copy submitted to the Internship Supervisor at the completion of the internship experience. (Details regarding format will be discussed in class)
The intern will submit evaluation forms to the Internship Supervisor. The Supervising Counselor will be asked to give an oral evaluation of the intern's performance in addition to the Final Evaluation Form that he/she will complete during and at the end of the internship experience.
Interns will meet with their Internship Supervisor weekly throughout the semester. This time will be used to provide group supervision of cases as well as to discuss issues that arise during an internship experience. The Internship Supervision will present additional topics for discussion (see above section titled "Group Supervision Topics").
*Completed binder to be submitted one week prior to the end of the internship experience
Note: CACREP requires that we maintain your completed Internship log for a period of 3 years. After that time your log will be shredded. Therefore you need to keep copies of any important documents in your personal binder and portfolio.
Psychology & Counseling Department | McGowan Center, Rooms 1032 & 1034
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Questions about the Psychology Program to Dr. Estelle Campenni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about the Counseling Program to Dr. Jennifer Barna at email@example.com.