Education | Practicum in Counseling
G524 | 5730 | Dr. Edward Delgado-Romero
This course entails closely supervised counseling practice with
clients in the department's counseling laboratories or in approved
field sites in schools or agencies. There is intensive supervision
from the course instructor, a doctoral student in Counseling
Psychology and site supervisors.
Students with conduct counseling sessions with a variety of
Students will facilitate at least one group counseling experience
Students will develop the ability to conduct initial interviews with
Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to conceptualize a
client and his/her presenting concerns.
Students will develop the ability to conceptualize a comprehensive
counseling plan for clients.
Students will develop the ability to develop and implement counseling
interventions with clients.
Students will develop the ability to evaluate progress in individual
Students will develop the ability to appropriately terminate
counseling with individual clients.
Students will become aware of the professional role and functions of
professional counselors, including adhering to the highest standards
of professional and ethically appropriate behavior.
Students will demonstrate an ability to work with a diverse
population of clients across relevant (to the placement site) aspects
Grades are based on:
On-site supervisorís written evaluation of the studentís counseling
Doctoral supervision student supervisorís written evaluation of the
studentís counseling (25%)
Written materials (40%)
Student participation in class meetings and professional demeanor
Case Study Report (outline attached) (15%)
Overall evaluation of counseling effectiveness (5 to 7 pages) (15%)
Annotated bibliography of at least 5 readings on specific issues
related to practicum site (10%).
Dillon, C. Learning from mistakes in clinical practice.
Other readings and activities will be posted online through ONCOURSE
Student membership in ACA and relevant professional organizations
American Psychiatric Association (2000). Diagnostic and statistical
manual of mental disorders IV text revision. Washington, D. C.:
Students are required to be at the practicum site at least 12 hours
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.
Students must show proficiency in case conceptualization and
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.
Students must adhere to all policies of their site and the Center for
Sessions need to be videotaped (or at least audiotaped).
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.
Students must be knowledgeable and demonstrate professional behavior
consistent with the ACA and/or APA ethical standards.
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 bibliography.
Class Participation Ė You are expected to be an active participant in
this class, engaging in lectures, asking questions and providing
feedback to your class mates. You will be actively involved in
soliciting and providing feedback to other members of the class in a
professional manner. The focus will be on providing developmentally
appropriate, specific and clinically relevant feedback to class
members to facilitate their professional growth.
Confidentiality ĖIt is expected that all classroom discussions remain
confidential. In addition since the Center for Human Growth is an
active clinic, students must also maintain the confidentiality of CHG
clients as well as the professional environment at the CHG. This
applies to behavior and appearance.
Share information about your site placement
Share expectations of practicum
Share expectations of supervision
Read : Dillon 1. Becoming a Professional
Read: Dillon 2. Early Successes and Derailments
Read: Dillon 3. Engaging with clients and getting started.
Read: Dillon 4. Professional Relationships: Steps and Missteps
Read Dillon 5. Assessment and Contracting
Read Dillon 6. The Middle Phase of Work
Case presentation 1
Read Dillon 7. When the work doesnít work
Case presentation 2
Annotated bibliographies due
Read: Dillon 8: Common mistakes in ending.
Case presentation 3
Read: Dillon 9: Epilogue
Case presentation 4
Case presentation 5
Case presentation 6
Case presentation 7
Case presentation 8
Case presentation 9
Case presentation 10
Counseling Effectiveness Paper due
Last day of class
Incompletes will not be given in this course.
Late assignments will not be accepted.
G524 Practicum in Counseling
Client presenting issues/background information:
Current counseling goals:
Description of counseling
Interventions used and theoretical basis for their use
Overview of process factors and evaluation of current outcome
Analysis of your strengths and limitations in working with this client
Questions for the class