Education | Practicum in Counseling
G524 | 5495 | Dr. Paul Toth

Course Description

Closely supervised counseling practice with clients in the
department's counseling laboratories or in approved field sites in
schools or agencies. Group supervision with instructor and peers.

Course Objectives

1. Students will conduct counseling sessions with a variety of
individual clients.
2. Students will facilitate a group counseling experience with
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 or her presenting concerns.
5. Students will develop the ability to conceptualize a counseling
treatment plan for clients.
6. Students will develop the ability to create and implement
counseling interventions with the clients.
7. Students will develop the ability to evaluate progress in
individual counseling.
8. Students will develop the ability to appropriately terminate
counseling with individual clients.
9. Students will become aware of the professional roles and functions
of professional counselors.
10. Students will demonstrate effective group facilitation skills.


Greenberg, D. & Pedesky, C.A. (1994). Mind over mood: Change the way
you feel by changing the way you think (the workbook). NY: Guilford.

American Psychiatric Association (1994). Diagnostic and statistical
manual of mental disorders IV. Washington, D.C.

Other Suggested Texts for Community Counseling:

Walter, J. L., & Peller, J.E. (1992). Becoming solution-focused in
brief therapy. NY: Brunner/Mazel.
Yapko, M.D. (1997). Breaking the patterns of depression.  NY:
Foa, E.B., & Wilson, R. (1991). Stop obsessing: How to overcome your
obsessions and compulsions. NY: Bantam.
Clum, G.A. (1990). Coping with panic: A drug-free approach to dealing
with anxiety attacks. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole. (out of print)
Davis, M., Eshelman, E.R., & McKay, M. (1995). The relaxation and
stress reduction workbook (4th ed.). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.
Gottman, J.M. (1999). Seven principles for making marriage work. NY:
Teyber, E. (1997). Interpersonal process in psychotherapy: A
relational approach. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Levenson, H. (1995). Time-limited dynamic psychotherapy. NY: Basic
Other Suggested Texts for School Counseling:
Wittmer, J. (Ed.). (2000). Managing your school counseling program:
K-12 developmental strategies (2nd Edition). Minneapolis, MN:
Education Media Corporation.
Morgannett, R.S. (1994). Skills for living: Group activities for
elementary students. Champaign, IL: Research Press.
Morgannett, R.S. (1990). Skills for living: Group activities for young
adolescents. Champaign, IL: Research Press.

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
and group counseling.
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
counseling techniques.
5. Students must receive one hour of weekly supervision to review
their counseling with clients from the CHG. Students at sites outside
of the CHG must also have one hour of weekly supervision with their
site supervisor.
6. Students must adhere to all polices of their site and the CHG.
7. Sessions need to be videotaped if the site has that capability or
audiotaped if they do not.
8. Class attendance is mandatory. Failure to attend all scheduled
classes or to obtain an excused absence from the instructor will
result in lowering 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. Student's 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.
5. Student's participation in class meetings and professional demeanor
in class.
6. The quality of written materials.

Written requirements:
1. Case study reports
2. Group outline
3. Overall evaluation of counseling effectiveness (5 to 7 pages)
4. Collective bibliography (provide class members with copies) based
on your reading over the semester

Case Presentation Outline

1. Client presenting issues and background information
2. Family and social history
3. Current counseling goals
4. Diagnostic impressions
5. Description of counseling
6. Interventions used and theoretical basis for their use
7. Overview of process factors and evaluation of current outcome
8. Analysis of your strengths and limitations in working with this
9. Questions for the class