Counseling Certification Program
HUS 692: Counseling Internship: Supervised Counseling Applications in Human
Master of Human Services
Instructor: Dr. Effie Bastas
Phone: (215) 842-0678
Credit hours: 3
Office hours: W, Th 1-6
Pre-requisites: Master's degree in Human Services or related
field; eligibility for licensing as professional counselor.
description: This course is designed to provide oversight and academic supervision
for internship placement in a mental health/counseling agency setting. The student
is expected to provide a variety of counseling services in a community human services
agency under the site supervision of a licensed counselor or other qualified professional.
Course work will focus on case supervision and discussion of counseling theories
and skills to complement the internship experience.
Course goals: The
Provide an intensive clinical experience for post-Master's students in a mental
Health/human service setting.
Allow students to provide a broad spectrum of counseling services in a supervised
Assist students to strengthen counseling skills and professional confidence.
4. Enhance students' ability to apply academic concepts and principles of counseling
to a clinical practice environment.
Provide ongoing case supervision and didactic information on a group and individual
Student objectives: Students will be able to:
Apply counseling skills to a broad variety of populations, settings, and problems.
Make effective use of clinical supervision in both a professional and academic
Discuss the salient clinical aspects of an actual case in progress, including
diagnostic features, assessment processes, treatment planning, and methods and
skills most conducive to positive outcomes.
Identify and analyze ethical dilemmas in ongoing clinical practice, and develop
action plans for their resolution.
Identify their current strengths and needed areas of development as counselors,
and plan for ways to enhance strengths and ameliorate weaknesses.
Students will be expected to comply with established principles and tenets of
academic integrity as delineated by Lincoln University policy.
Attendance at all classes is required. Three absences will constitute a failure
of the course, and all absences will affect the final course grade.
Each student is required to obtain a field placement in a counseling-related human
services agency for the duration of the course. This placement must involve a
minimum of 360 clock hours over the course of the semester. At least 240 of these
hours must be spent in direct services. Each student must obtain on-site supervision
by a qualified supervisor for at least one hour per week.
Each student must keep a log of all service hours, including the type of service,
the duration of the activity, and any notes regarding the activity. Logs must
be initialed each week by the on-site supervisor. Logs will be collected twice
during the semester but will not count toward the student's final grade.
Each student will be required to present at least two cases to the class for feedback
and academic supervision. One case will be presented in written form, with copies
for each class member, and one presentation will be in the form of a videotape
or audiotape of a counseling session to be played and discussed in the classroom.
Each student will be required to obtain an evaluation from the on-site supervisor
at the end of the internship experience. Evaluation forms will be given to each
student. The evaluation will be followed up by a consultation between the course
instructor and on-site supervisor regarding the student's progress as a professional
Each student will submit a final paper, focusing on major experiences and learnings
from the internship. This will discuss skills gained, analysis of issues and problems
concerning the client population served, ethical dilemmas, multicultural analysis,
and conclusions regarding the role and nature of supervision in clinical practice.
Citations from references used are necessary. The final paper will also include
a self-assessment, comprising counseling skills and strengths, areas of needed
development and a specific plan for future professional development.
3-5: First case presentations (in alphabetical order by name)
6-8: Second case presentations (in same order as first)
11: On-site supervisor evaluation due
12: Final paper and self-assessment due.
supervision will take place each week for each student. Students are required
to be prepared to discuss clinical cases in every class session, regardless of
the formal presentation schedule.
Assessment of student performance:
Final grades will be based on the following:
Class participation, including case presentations: 20%
Evaluation by on-site
supervisor in consultation with instructor: 40%
Final paper and self-assessment:
Course materials: No textbook is required for this course.
However, students are expected to make use of counseling textbooks and other references
in analyzing and enhancing their understanding and performance of the role of
counselor. Handouts will be used as deemed appropriate by the instructor. The
following are recommended references:
Counseling Association (1995). American Counseling Association code of ethics
and standards of practice. Counseling Today, 37, pp. 33-40.
Psychiatric Association (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental
disorders, 4th edition, TR. Washington, D.C.: APA.
G. (1991). Case approach to counseling and psychotherapy. Pacific Grove,
Corey, G. (1998). Theory and practice of counseling
and psychotherapy. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
G. and Corey, M.S. (1991).Groups: Process and practice. New York: Brooks/Cole.
G., Corey, M. S. & Callanan, P. (2003). Issues and ethics in the helping profession
(6th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
S. and Nurius, P.S. (2003). Interviewing and change strategies for helpers.
Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Groth-Marnat, G. (1999). Handbook of
psychological assessment. N.Y.: Wiley.
A.E. and Ivey, M.B. (1999). Intentional interviewing and counseling. Pacific
Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Maxmen, J.S. and Ward, M.G. (1995). The essentials
of psychopathology and its treatment (2nd edition). New York: W.W. Norton.
J.G., Casas, J.M., Suzuki, L.A., and Alexander, C.M. (2001). Handbook of multicultural
counseling. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Spitzer, R.L., Gibbon, M., and
Skodol, A. (1994). DSM-IV casebook. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric
S.P. (1999). Managed care in the human services. Chicago: Lyceum Books.
will also be expected to use current journal articles in the counseling field
692: Counseling Internship Tentative Weekly Schedule
Week 1: Introduction
and overview of course requirements Discussion of placements and counseling activities
Discussion of case presentations
2: Meaning, use and methods of counseling supervision The role of supervision
in professional development Instructor case presentation
Week 3: Student
case presentations #1
4: Student case presentations #1
Week 5: Student case presentations #1 Activity
6: Student case presentations #2
Week 7: Student case presentations #2
8: Student case presentations #2
Week 9: Integration of counseling theory
and practice Case discussions and self-assessment exercise Activity logs collected
10: Counseling practice Case feedback exercise
Week 11: Assessment of placement
experience Planning of future supervision goals and activities Site supervisor
12: Course wrap-up Final paper and self-assessment due