Education | Practicum in Counseling
G524 | 5442 | Dr. Susan Whiston
I. Course Description
Closely supervised counseling practice with clients in the
department's counseling laboratories or in approved field sites in
schools or agencies. Intensive supervision.
II. Course Objectives
1. Students with conduct counseling sessions with a variety of
2. Students will facilitate at least one group counseling
experience with clients.
3. Students will develop the ability to conduct initial
interviews with individual clients.
4. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to
conceptualize a client and his/her presenting concerns.
5. Students will develop the ability to conceptualize a
comprehensive counseling plan for clients.
6. Students will develop the ability to develop and implement
counseling interventions with clients.
7. Students will develop the ability to evaluate progress in
8. Students will develop the ability to appropriately terminate
counseling with individual clients.
9. Students will become aware of the professional role and
functions of professional counselors.
10. Students will demonstrate effective group facilitation skills.
American Psychiatric Association (1994). Diagnostic and statistical
manual of mental disorders IV. Washington, D. C.: Author.
IV. Course Requirements
1. Students are required to be at the practicum site at least 12
hours per week.
2. Students are required to have at least 40 hours of direct client
services during this course. Students must engage in both individual
counseling and group counseling, with at least 10 of the 40 hours
involving the facilitation of groups.
3. Students must see at least two clients in the Center for Human
Growth and attend all required orientation/staff meetings.
4. Students must show proficiency in case conceptualization and
5. Students must receive one hour of weekly supervision per week
to review their counseling with clients from the Center for Human
Growth. Students will sites outside of the CHG must also have one
hour of weekly supervision with their site supervisor. If there are
any problems with supervision, students are responsible for informing
the instructor immediately.
6. Students must adhere to all policies of their site and the
Center for Human Growth.
7. Sessions need to be videotaped (or at least audiotaped).
8. Class attendance is mandatory. Failure to attend all
scheduled classes or to obtain an excused absence from the instructor
will result in a lowering of your grade.
9. Students must be knowledgeable and demonstrate professional
behavior consistent with the ACA and/or APA ethical standards.
10. Students must present taped examples of their counseling,
write case study reports, develop an outline for leading a group,
write a paper evaluating their counseling, and develop a collective
Grades are influenced by:
1. Evaluation of a student's performance is based on the on-site
supervisor's written evaluation of the student's counseling.
2. Students demonstration of counseling techniques in videotaped
3. Student's ability to work effectively with various types of
4. Student's ability to conceptualize client issues and develop
appropriate treatment plans based on those factors.
5. Student's participation in class meetings and professional
demeanor in class.
6. The quality of the written materials
VI. Written Requirements
1. Case Study Report (outline attached)
2. Group outline
3. Overall evaluation of counseling effectiveness (5 to 7 pages)
4. Collective Bibliography (provide copies to class members)
G524 Practicum in Counseling
1. Client presenting issues/background information:
2. Current counseling goals:
3. Diagnostic impression(s):
4. Description of counseling
5. Interventions used and theoretical basis for their use
6. Overview of process factors and evaluation of current outcome
7. Analysis of your strengths and limitations in working with
8. Questions for the class