Counseling Site Supervisors

The Department of Human Development and Services is committed to partnering with our site supervisors in the community. We recognize and deeply appreciate the commitment supervising a counseling student entails and we value your expertise and training skills. Our field experiences are structured in accordance with the CACREP and CORE training standards. There are three tiers of field experience in our programs of study.

Role of the Site Supervisor

Supervision is of paramount importance in the development of process skills, providing real-life experiences that help bridge the gap between the theoretical and didactic learning in the classroom. Generally, clinical supervision is facilitated by a senior member of the helping profession who acts as the principle guide for new persons entering the field. Site supervisors are to provide a suitable work environment for the student including an appropriate work area, opportunities for a variety of activities that represent the profession, and feedback on their progress. The site supervisor will also meet at least one hour a week with the student for individual or dyadic supervision. During this time, case staffing, consultation, and critiquing the intern’s performance are suitable activities. It is expected that the site supervisor will contact the Faculty Supervisor when concerns arise on site concerning the intern’s knowledge, skills, or dispositions. Finally, site-supervisors will complete both a Mid-term and Final evaluation (provided by student) during the semester and forward this to the university supervisor. On-site supervisors are encouraged to communicate regularly throughout the semester with the faculty supervisor to discuss any concerns related to the intern's progress.

Role of the Intern

The student/intern is expected to participate in the daily activities of the agency or school. Purely clerical or aide type duties are not acceptable practicum or intern roles unless other Master’s level staff members are doing so. The activities that are expected include staff meetings, administrative activities, vocational evaluations/assessments, in-service education, individual counseling, group counseling, psycho-educational activities, case management, and other duties. Supervisees should assume the responsibilities and dress code of the professional staff of that particular agency. The intern should also act in a professional manner at all times given that he/she represents the profession, the agency, the university, and the program. It is expected that students will adhere to the agency or school’s organizational procedures and conduct themselves in a professional manner, pursuant to the Codes of Ethics for the profession (American Counseling Association, National Board for Certified Counselors). Student’s involved in ethical violations will be subject to removal from internship placements.

Role of the University Supervisor

The University supervisor’s role is to supervise the student, as well as collaborate with the site supervisor. The University supervisor may conduct weekly group supervision, individual supervision, classroom instruction, role-play activities, and focused learning exercises pursuant to the accreditation experience standard. Students can expect to meet once per week (at a minimum) and to engage in meaningful dialogue with their peers related to their professional growth and development. In addition, the University supervisor is responsible for accuracy of field experience logs and other required documentation. Site supervisors will be in contact with University supervisors to monitor student progress.

Additional Information

For more complete information about the counseling field experiences at North Carolina A & T State University, please call the Department of Human Development and Services at 336-334-7916.