Practicum I and II

PSC

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PRACTICUM I IN SCHOOL COUNSELING

A student enrolling in the Practicum I course must have clinical approval from the program faculty. The student must accrue 75 hours of observational experience in a school setting. The setting must have a licensed practicing counselor. Approval for the site will be based on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction guidelines and limited to available Counseling Psychology Program resources.
Prior to the start of your Practicum I experience a meeting with the Practicum I supervisor with be held. During this meeting you will learn of the specific requirements of the course. You will have the opportunity to sign-up for observations/experiences weekly. Your instructor/supervisor is your main contact for approval of observations and experiences.

PRACTICUM I IN COMMUNITY COUNSELING

A student enrolling in the Practicum I course must have clinical approval from the program faculty. The student must accrue 150 hours of observational experience in at least 3 clinical settings. Lifetime experience can count for up to 50 hours of this observational experience. The setting observed must have a licensed practicing counselor and approval must be obtained from the appropriate faculty prior to visitation. A variety of activities may be observed including clinical case conferences, referral meetings, evaluations, intake interviews, individual, couple or group counseling sessions, etc.
There is also a 75-hour opportunity for a Practicum I student at the UW Platteville Counseling Center. If you are interested in this experience you must indicate this to your Practicum I instructor prior to the semester. Two interviews are necessary to obtain this position; one with the Counseling in the Community Practicum coordinator and another with the Counseling Center Department Chair.
Practicum I students will serve under the supervision of a university supervisor. A university supervisor is a qualified faculty member of the Counseling Psychology Program. Students enrolled in the Prac I course are required to schedule 3 individual supervision meetings with their university supervisor during the semester. These meetings should be scheduled following each 50 hours of clinical observation.

Helpful Hints for Prac I in Community Counseling:

  • Travel time is not included in practicum hours.
  • Canceling times to substitute teach is absolutely forbidden
  • Please send THANK YOU notes EVERY time you visit a site.
  • BE PROFESSIONAL AND RESPECTFUL!!!! You only have one opportunity to make a great impression and you are a representative of the Counseling Psychology Program at UW-Platteville. BE ETHICAL!
  • Keep up to date on your Log sheets! It’s very easy to fall behind on your daily observations and log sheets, but spend the time the day of observation to maintain your affect and overall impressions of the sessions you saw. For an example of a Practicum I and Practicum II log sheet see Appendix A.

Think of a list of questions ahead of time. Use observation sites as a resource to expand your techniques and abilities as a counselor. THEY ARE THE EXPERTS!

PRACTICUM II APPLICATION

A semester prior to your Practicum II experience in schools, you may apply for your Practicum II placement. You may obtain a Practicum II application from the Counseling Psychology office. You may submit your top two or three choices for placement. Requests for Practicum II must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the planned semester. You will be notified by the professor supervising Practicum II of your placement. Your supervisor will then hold a meeting where you will complete a Practicum II approval card that must be signed by two Counseling Psychology faculty members.
For application information for Practicum II in the Community and Student Services in Higher Education keep in contact with the practicum coordinator for each track.
Note: Keep in the back of your mind where and if you would like to be placed at one of your observation sites for your Practicum II experience.

PRACTICUM II IN SCHOOL COUNSELING

Admission to the Practicum II course requires clinical candidacy and completion of all coursework including the core courses, research and writing courses, Counseling in the Schools and Practicum I in School Counseling. Students must also be in full academic standing as a graduate student.
Practicum II is an applied experience during which the practicum student works as a professional counselor in training in cooperation with a school district’s counseling personnel. The practicum is the culmination of the counseling psychology student’s preparation. The emphasis of Practicum II is on counseling skills, an experience to work with actual students, and the development of insight. The practicum experience requires 525 hours of counseling tasks under the supervision of an experienced school counselor and a university supervisor.
Practicum II students must apply for Practicum II. Applications for Practicum II in School Counseling are typically distributed in the Counseling in the Schools course during fall semester. Applications can be submitted to the practicum placement coordinator who will administer the placement.
Practicum II students will serve under the supervision of an on-site supervisor and a university supervisor. An on-site supervisor is a certified, practicing school counselor who is employed by a school (for at least 2 years) in which the practicum will take place. A university supervisor is a qualified faculty member of the Counseling Psychology Program.
Please see the Practicum II School Counseling Handbook for any other questions about your Practicum Experience. You can obtain this from the practicum placement coordinator.

PRACTICUM II IN COMMUNITY COUNSELING

Admission to the Practicum II course requires clinical candidacy and completion of all coursework including the core courses, research and writing courses, Counseling in the Community and Practicum I in Community Counseling. Students must also be in full academic standing as a graduate student.
Practicum II is an applied experience during which the practicum student works as a professional counselor in training in cooperation with a community counselor. The practicum is the culmination of the counseling psychology student’s preparation. The emphasis of Practicum II is on counseling skills, an experience to work with actual clients, and the development of insight. The practicum experience requires 256 hours of counseling tasks under the supervision of an experienced community counselor and a university supervisor.
Practicum II students will serve under the supervision of an on-site supervisor and a university supervisor. An on-site supervisor is a certified, practicing counselor (for at least 2 years) in which the practicum will take place. A university supervisor is a qualified faculty member of the Counseling Psychology Program.
Please see your advisor for any further details about the Practicum II experience in Community Counseling.

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