Internship

The field experience should provide the student with a supportive, structured learning environment for acquiring practical, on-the-job training. This experience is designed to prepare the student for skills development in the novice-to-expert model. The development of counseling skills is viewed in the broadest sense, including acquisition of specific intervention skills, an understanding of and an ability to use 

  • conceptual skills
  • personal growth related to appropriate handling of emotional reactions
  • an appreciation of diversity
  • development of professionalism (ethical behavior, sound judgment, appropriate communication skills
  • commitment to contributing to the profession of counseling

Internship Resources

COUN 609-Practicum

The Counseling Practicum is a one term supervised experience in a site offering counseling and psychological services. It is designed to place student counselors in extended counseling relationships and situations with a variety of clients under close supervision. Due to CACREP 2009 standards, which require a minimum 10 week semester, COUN 609 Practicum is NOT offered during the Summer term. 

  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of clinical work during the Practicum experience.
  • A minimum of 40 hours must be direct client contact.
  • The remaining 60 hours may be indirect or related responsibilities for the site.
  • The student must receive 1 hour per week of individual and/or triadic supervision from their site supervisor for the duration of the clinical experience. Additionally, 1½ hours per week of group or triadic supervision by Mercer faculty are required.

NOTE: Requirements may change as law and certification standards change. Work closely with your Counseling Advisor and the Faculty Clinical Coordinator during your planning time.

COUN 610-Internship I & II

The Counseling Internship is a two-semester supervised counseling experience in a site offering counseling and psychological services. It is designed to place student counselors in extended counseling relationships and situations with a variety of clients under close supervision.

  • Students are required to complete a total of 600 hours of clinical work over the span of two semesters.
  • A minimum of 240 hours of direct client contact are needed by the end of both semesters of the internship experience. The remaining 360 hours of experience ma indirect indirect site-related responsibilities.
  • The student must receive 1 hour per week of individual and/or triadic supervision throughout the internship at their site. Additionally, 1½ hours per week of group or triadic supervision by Mercer faculty are required.

NOTE: Requirements may change as law and certification standards change. Work closely with your Counseling Advisor and the Faculty Clinical Coordinator during your planning time.