Education | Pracitcum in Counseling
G524 | 5494 | 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
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 (2000). Diagnostic and statistical
manual of mental disorders IV text revision. Washington, D. C.:
Littrell, J. M. (1998). Brief counseling in action. New York: W. W.
IV. Course Requirements
1. Students are required to be at the practicum site at least 12 hours
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 show proficiency in case conceptualization and
4. Students must receive one hour of weekly supervision per week to
review their counseling with clients from doctoral students. Students
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.
5. Students must adhere to all policies of their site and the Center
for Human Growth.
6. Sessions need to be videotaped (or at least audiotaped).
7. 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.
8. Students must be knowledgeable and demonstrate professional
behavior consistent with the ACA and/or APA ethical standards.
9. 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. Evaluation of a student's performance is based on doctoral
supervision student supervisor's written evaluation of the student's
3. Student's demonstration of counseling techniques in videotaped
4. Student's ability to work effectively with various types of
5. Student's ability to conceptualize client issues and develop
appropriate treatment plans based on those factors.
6. Student's participation in class meetings and professional demeanor
7. 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 this
8. Questions for the class