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Field Experience

Field Experience: School Counseling Tracks

A field experience approach is used within the school counseling concentrations to provide students with on-site experiences that offer a comprehensive view of school counseling. Students are required to complete 150 supervised clock hours at each of all three levels (elementary, middle, and high school) and may register for 1-3 credits per semester with 1 credit hour equating to 150 practicum clock hours.

Prerequisites: 24 hours of coursework including COUN 503, 505, 545, 555, 605, 610, and 612. Supervisory fee - $25.00 per credit hour. 3 credits required.  Continuous enrollment required.

Responsibilities of the Practicum Student

  • The student is expected to be familiar with the guidelines and expectations of the Longwood University Counseling Program.
  • The student is responsible for securing a placement. If the placement is located in a public school, the student must have approval from the school counselor and the district Director of Guidance.
  • The student must file an Intent to Register Form for the practicum at least 45 days prior to beginning the practicum.
  • The student is required to participate in all practicum class sessions planned by the faculty advisor.
  • The student will prepare a proposal, which will address the practicum objectives in consultation with the faculty supervisor and the practicum supervisor. This proposal will outline the activities and timelines of the practicum experience.
  • The student will act as a professional and responsible person at all times during the practicum. The student is required to uphold the ethical standards of the American Counseling Association.
  • The student will remain continuously enrolled in at least one credit hour of COUN 638 until all required practicum clock hours are completed.

Responsibilities of the Faculty Supervisor

  • The faculty supervisor will coordinate the student's field placement with the Director of Professional Studies (Hull 141).
  • The faculty supervisor is responsible for communicating to the field supervisor the expectations for the practicum student and the experiences desired.
  • The faculty supervisor will meet with the student on a regularly scheduled basis for class seminars during the practicum and for other meetings with the student and the field supervisor on as-needed basis.
  • The faculty supervisor must grant written approval of the proposal presented by the student prior to the start of the practicum.
  • The faculty supervisor is the person responsible for assignment of the course grade after consultation with the field supervisor.

Responsibilities of the Field Supervisor

  • Orient the student to the site and the organizational structure of the program.
  • Serve as a consultant to the student by providing assistance to the student in the development of the student's proposal.
  • Introduce the student to the other members of the site staff.
  • Provide the student with regular feedback and communicate with the faculty supervisor as scheduled to evaluate the student's process.
  • Serve as a resource for the student in sharing ideas related to theory, techniques and materials.
  • Complete the practicum evaluation form at the end of the semester.
 

Field Experience: Mental Health Tracks

At the conclusion of the Mental Health track, each student will complete an internship of 600 clock hours, consistent with the requirement for licensure as a professional counselor in Virginia.  240 of the 600 clock hours must consist of direct client contact.  Students may register for 1-6 credits of COUN 692 per semester, with each credit hour equating to 100 clock internship hours.  Typically, the internship is fulfilled with two semesters of 300 clock hours each.

Prerequisites30 hours of coursework including COUN 503, 505, 545, 555, 605, 610, 612, 651 and 660. Supervisory fee - $25.00 per credit hour. 6 credits required.  Continuous enrollment required.

Sites where students have completed internships have included:

Students are encouraged to discuss internship options with their advisor and/or to approach a provider to determine the process for applying for an internship prior to registering for the Internship (COUN 692) class.  An on-site supervisor with at least a Master's degree in a couseling-related field is required.

 

Field Experience: Community & College Tracks

Each of these tracks requires a 300 clock hour practicum experience in a community or college setting.  Students register for 1-3 credits per smester of COUN 680 with each credit hour equating to 100 clock hours at the practicum site. 

Prerequisites: 24 hours of coursework including COUN 503, 505, 545, 555, 605, 610, 612, 651 and 660. Supervisory fee - $25.00 per credit hour. 3 credits required.  Continuous enrollment required.

Sites where students have successfully completed the practicum experience have included:

  • Longwood University (various offices and departments)
    o First Year Experience
    o Residence Life
    o Academic and Career Advising Center
    o Athletics          
    o Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Various community college in Virginia

Students are encouraged to discuss practicum options with their advisor and/or to approach a provider to determine the process for applying for a placement prior to registering for the practicum (COUN 680) class.  An on-site supervisor with at least a Master's degree in a counseling related field is required.

 

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