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Clinical Experience

Our counseling students experience community-based counseling through Practicum and Internship coursework in which students have direct supervision in individual and group counseling (and a variety of experiences) to prepare the student for the chosen area of practice. These courses are the capstone courses for the Counseling degree and prepare students for counseling in the workplace. Students in the School Counseling
track will be placed in the public school setting and students in the Clinical Mental Health track will be placed in a mental health setting with both receiving appropriate supervision on site, and with University faculty through enrollment in COUN 525 Practicum and COUN 526 Internship courses. 

The TAMUT Counseling Program has strong community ties enabling our students to have their choice of settings depending on the students interest and area of focus (?) for Practicum and Internship.

Some of the settings include:
Bowie County Adult Probation,

Bowie County Women’s Recovery Center,

Community HealthCore,

Day Springs Treatment Center,

Inspirations,

Methodist Counseling Center of Magnolia,

Professional Counseling Services of Magnolia,

Regional Elementary and Secondary schools,

RiverView Treatment Center,

Southwest Arkansas Counseling and Mental Health Center,

Zen Gee Counseling Services,

and other settings in which a licensed mental health professional can supervise the intern can be considered for placement.

Process:
Students must complete an application for admission to COUN 525 and turn in to Dr. Tommie Hughes, Practicum/Internship Coordinator. For admission to the fall semester the application must be completed and turned in by March 1st. For admission to the spring semester the application must be completed and turned by October 1st. A copy of the application is in the back of the handbook or can be requested from Dr. Hughes.

Course Description:
Practicum (COUN 525): Experience in applying counseling skills and techniques under supervision in placement settings. Students who are working a full-time job are only allowed to register for one other course when taking the Practicum due to the intensive workloads involved with this course.
Prerequisites:
Clinical Mental Health Track: Prerequisite for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Option:
COUN 510, COUN 511, COUN 516, COUN 528, PSY 503, PSY 543, and PSY 575 all with a grade of B or better. Students may take COUN 512, PSY 560, COUN 585, and COUN 541 concurrently with Practicum and must have prior approval of Practicum/Internship Coordinator prior to enrolling.
School Counselor Track: COUN 510, COUN 511, COUN 516, COUN 528, COUN 523, COUN
517, PSY 575, and PSY 543 all with a grade of B or better. Practicum and must have prior approval of Practicum/Internship Coordinator prior to enrolling.

Internship (COUN 526): Advanced field experience in applying counseling skills and techniques under supervision in placement settings. Students who are working a full-time job are only allowed to register for one other course when taking Internship due to the intensive workload involved with this course.
Prerequisites:
Clinical Mental Health Track: COUN 512, COUN 525, COUN 541, COUN 585, and PSY 560.
Students enrolling in internship must have consent of practicum/internship coordinator.

PRIOR APPROVAL
To enroll in the Practicum, students must submit an application to the Internship Coordinator, Dr. Tommie Hughes. Students wishing to change their field placement site for the following semester must also submit an application noting the change. Students who maintain the same field placement throughout all semesters of field placement do not have to submit a second application. The deadline for submitting the practicum/internship application is March 1 for fall semesters and October 1 for
spring semesters. After transcripts have been examined to verify that all prerequisites have been met and the student has been determined to be eligible to take these courses, the student will: a) interview with the Internship Coordinator who will advise the student regarding readiness for internship and actual placement; b) will then interview at the internship site to finalize placement.

LIABILITY INSURANCE
For the Practicum and the Internship, students are required to purchase liability insurance through the Texas Counseling Association or American Counseling Association. Student members of TCA ($60 membership fee) can purchase liability insurance through HPSO for $18 (total costs = $78). Students who are student members of ACA ($96 membership fee) receive FREE liability insurance coverage with their membership. Students must have liability insurance prior to seeing clients. Liability
insurance is not provided by A&M-Texarkana. All students must show proof of liability insurance to the instructor at the beginning of the term. Failure to show proof of insurance will result in being dropped from the course.

PRACTICUM & INTERNSHIP COURSE HOURS

I. Clinical Mental Health Requirements: Total of 120 clock hours (60 direct client contact) within the Practicum and 600 clock hours for Internship (240 direct client contact). The 600 clock hours for internship can be satisfied in one or two semesters. Approval of satisfying the 600 hours in one semester is at the discretion of the clinical mental health faculty.
Practicum – 45 classroom hours (group supervision) + 120 hours onsite (15 weeks of 8 hours per week).

  • Four hours direct client contact per week = minimum of 60 hours per semester.
  • Four hours of charting, meetings and supervision per week = minimum of 60 hours per semester.

Internship – 90 classroom hours (group supervision) + 600 hours onsite (30 weeks of 20 hours per week). Students must take two separate semesters of internship. Internship cannot be taken concurrently with practicum.

  • Eight hours direct client contact per week = minimum of 120 hours per semester
  • Twelve hours of charting, meetings and supervision per week = minimum of 180 hours per semester

II. School Counselor Requirements: Like the Clinical Mental Health Counseling
requirements listed above, this degree also requires the completion of 120 hours of practicum with 60 hours being direct.

**Students in the School Counseling track who complete COUN 525 in the public school setting, but later decide to pursue licensure as Licensed Professional Counselor, will be required to take these courses a second time in a mental health setting to receive documentation from the university that requirements for the CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH practicum/internship have been met. Students must earn a B or
better in the prerequisite courses in order to take COUN. 525.

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