The program offers multiple opportunities for clinical experiences. Students often participate in community service learning projects as well as work multiple hours in the state of the art Counseling Lab. This learning lab provides students the opportunity to work in a practice environment conducting both role-play and volunteer client sessions. Through taping and review, students can work to improve their clinical skills and competence under the direct supervision of a course instructor.
There are three sequential field experiences associated with the Mental Health Counseling Program. The practicum field experience involves 100 hours of fieldwork done at a setting of the student’s choice. Similarly, Internships I and II involve supervised professional experiences in settings appropriate to the student’s vocational objectives. Each internship includes 300 hours of field experience consisting of 120 hours of direct service work with clients. This direct service is typically in the form of individual, group, or family counseling conducted at a community placement. During this experience, students receive weekly individual supervision from their site supervisors and group supervision from a university supervisor. More information about these clinical experiences can be found in the Mental Health Counseling Practicum and Internship Manual. In certain special circumstances, students may be allowed to take a combined 600 internship. Students are responsible for locating their own placements but a password protected database of past sites is available for current students.