The practicum is a three-month supervised counseling/clinical experience. The emphasis is on direct counseling contact with individuals, families, and/or groups. This training component is essential for counselor preparation. It provides the student the opportunity to integrate classroom learning, personal skills, and prior experience in a new therapeutic setting with on-site supervision. Prior to Practicum, students must have successfully completed all 100, 200, 300, and 400 level courses in psychology and counseling in order to register for the practicum.
This practicum experience seeks to help you to:
1. Demonstrate understanding and effective adaptation to a new working environment, articulating both its strengths and weaknesses:
2. Apply and improve on various therapeutic skills, including gender and cultural sensitivities, through actual counseling and/or consulting situations;
3. Ability to articulate theoretical concepts (both psychological and theological) and appropriately integrate them within actual client situations;
4. Familiarize yourself with a particular population of clients with their unique needs and problems, and an appropriate range of intervention strategies;
5. Appreciate working under and benefit from clinical supervision and collegial/peer relationships;
6. Articulate areas and limits of your competencies at the outset of the practicum, then demonstrate efforts to enhance and grow in those areas as the practicum progresses, including identifying new areas of growth discovered during the course of the practicum;
7. Demonstrate ability to present practicum case material, including relevant integration issues;
8. Display ability to recognize and describe the critical issues facing their clients psychologically, spiritually, socially, and physically;
9. Demonstrate ability to constructively critique the counseling process or give feedback to peers after case presentations
10. Show increased self-awareness in relation to personal spiritual beliefs and values and show how these may have potentially constructive and/or destructive influence in the counseling process;
as well as11. Analyze thoughtfully and integrate useful aspects into your own counseling practice.
- Editing Teacher: Beatrice Murunga