Counseling Site Supervisors

The Department of Counseling is committed to partnering with our site supervisors in the community. The counseling faculty recognizes and deeply appreciates the commitment, expertise, and professional training which site supervisors possess. Field experiences are structured in accordance with the CACREP and CORE training standards. There are three tiers of field experiences included programmatic study.

  1. Shadowing/Service Learning – Students engaging in this experience are typically beginning students seeking exposure to the field of counseling and human services work. These students are expected to immerse themselves in the daily activities of the agency or school in which they are working, although their work is not of a clinical nature. As such, students should not be conducting counseling but are permitted to participate in office work, special projects, meetings, and other activities which will facilitate learning about the particular setting. This experience is typically 20 hours but this can vary according to the course.
  2. Practicum – Master's students engaging in this 100 hour experience typically have completed extensive coursework. Therefore, this is a full clinical experience where students are expected to have 40 hours of direct contact with clients. This can be in the form of individual counseling, guidance (school settings), family counseling, parent consultation, educational planning, vocational evaluation, or other direct work with clients. The additional 60 hours are spent in indirect activities such as case management, documentation, staff meetings, and planning. Students are also required to meet with their site supervisors a minimum of one hour per week for the duration of their experience. At least one hour of group work is required. Live supervision and/or taping is also required.
  3. Internship – Master's students engaging in this experience are typically at the end of their programs of study. As such, this is the most robust part of their clinical training. Students pursue two 300 (120 direct/180 indirect) hour experiences and will work at their designated site for 20 hours per week. Interns are expected to participate in all facets of the counselor’s role and continue on with the activities they learned in practicum. Definitions for direct and indirect contact are the same as the practicum experience definitions. Students are required to meet with their site supervisors a minimum of one hour per week for the duration of the experience. Live supervision and/or taping is required.

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's 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 visit the following link or call the Department of Counseling at (336) 334-7916.

Site Supervisor Manual
Practicum and Internship Manual