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Practice Preparation Sequence and Departmental Approval for Practicum and Internship Placement Policies

Department Policies

To enroll in practicum and internship, all students must fulfill the requirements defined in the Practicum and Internship Manual for the program area specific to their placement.

Students must admitted to a degree program in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs and complete the practice preparation courses* associated with their program areas with a grade of B or better in each course to establish eligibility for entry into Practicum (CNS 590 or CNS 591). These courses are listed below:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

CNS 560 Professional Studies in Counseling and Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
CNS 554 Group Counseling
CNS 555 Social and Cultural Diversity
CNS 558 Counseling Theories
CNS 559 Techniques of Counseling

Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

CNS 560 Professional Studies in Counseling and Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
CNS 554 Group Counseling
CNS 555 Social and Cultural Diversity
CNS 558 Counseling Theories
CNS 559 Techniques of Counseling

School Counseling

CNS 550 Introduction to Counseling
CNS 554 Group Counseling
CNS 555 Social and Cultural Diversity
CNS 558 Counseling Theories
CNS 559 Techniques of Counseling

Student Affairs

CNS 571 Introduction to Student Affairs
CNS 589 Group Dynamics in Student Affairs and Higher Education
CNS 555 Social and Cultural Diversity
CNS 558 Counseling Theories
CNS 577 Counseling Concepts and Applications for Student Affairs Professionals

Students must complete practice preparation courses associated with their program area with grades of B or better in each course AND a Practicum (either CNS 590 or CNS 591) with a grade of B or better to be eligible to enroll in their first Internship.

Students must complete their first Internship with a grade of B or better to be eligible to enroll in their second Internship (CNS 595 or CNS 596).

Finally, to enroll in a practicum or internship, students must have secured a placement site and have completed the forms identified in the practicum and internship manual specific to their program. When the forms and placement site are approved by the clinical coordinator for their program, the clinical coordinator will then authorize enrollment in the appropriate practicum or internship section.

*Practice preparation courses are those courses that provide skill, attitudinal, and ethical preparation necessary for placement in a mental health, marriage and family, school, or student affairs setting.

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 Last Modified 9/24/14