Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Locating a Practicum or Internship Site

Requirements and Acceptability of Counseling Practicum and Internship Sites and Site Supervisors: As stated in the ACA Code of Ethics (2014): “F.7.i. Field Placements: Counselor educators develop clear policies and provide direct assistance within their training programs regarding appropriate field placement and other clinical experiences. Counselor educators provide clearly stated roles and responsibilities for the student or supervisee, the site supervisor, and the program supervisor. They confirm that site supervisors are qualified to provide supervision in the formats in which services are provided and inform site supervisors of their professional and ethical responsibilities in this role (p. 13).”

As such, it is the student’s responsibility to find a location and appropriate site supervisor for COUN 5543: Counseling Practicum, COUN 5923: Counseling Internship I, and COUN 5933: Counseling Internship II courses. Program faculty members are, however, available upon request for student consultation as they navigate the process of securing a site. If direct assistance is requested by practicum or internship students, they must contact the instructor of each course to schedule a time to meet and discuss field placement options. The course instructor will assist students in any way possible.

Prior to commencing with clinical experiences in these courses, a properly executed Counseling Practicum or Internship Supervision Contract must be in effect. The CMHC Program requires specific credentials and experience of site supervisors, as explained in the Counseling Practicum or Internship Supervision Contracts. Furthermore, the university reserves the right to refuse to allow students to complete their clinical coursework at any site or under any supervisor without prior notice and without cause.

Required Site Supervisor Credentials for Practicum and Internship ClassesAll CMHC site supervisors must demonstrate appropriate supervision credentials per Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) training requirements. Therefore, in addition to having an acceptable master’s-level independent practice license and two years of post-licensure counseling experience, all CMHC site supervisors must hold one or more of the following credentials to be eligible for approval to serve as a Counseling Practicum or Internship Supervisor:

  1. Oklahoma “Approved LPC Supervisor” and/or Texas “LPC-Supervisor”
  2. Oklahoma or Texas LPCs who are currently licensed or certified as clinical supervisors by a state LPC credentialing board outside of Oklahoma or Texas
  3. Oklahoma “LMFT Approved Supervisor” and/or Texas “MFT-Supervisor”
  4. Oklahoma “Board-Approved LADC or LADC/MH Supervisor”
  5. Center for Credentialing and Education, a corporate affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors: “Approved Clinical Supervisor” Certification
  6. National Certified Counselors with documentation indicating that they formerly held the designation of “Clinical Supervisor” through the Academy of Mental Health Counselors
  7. British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy: “Counselling Supervisor” Accreditation
  8. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT): “Approved Supervisor” Designation
  9. International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC): “Clinical Supervisor” Designation
  10. A doctoral degree in Counselor Education from a CACREP-Accredited doctoral program

These supervision credentials have been selected as each requires at minimum a graduate-level course (or its equivalency) specifically focused on the proper delivery of clinical supervision. Other supervision credentials were considered, but they did not meet this minimum supervisor training requirement and, therefore, have not been approved.

Acceptable Forms of Individual and Group Supervision: For university supervision, the sole form of supervision will be the individual or group review of videotaped counseling sessions. Formative, written feedback will be provided to students during the course of the semester.

As stipulated in the Counseling Practicum or Internship Supervision Contracts, site supervisors are required to provide weekly face-to-face individual supervision sessions that involve regular examination of the counseling practicum or internship candidate’s work using videotapes, live observation, and/or co-counseling feedback methods.

Furthermore, “proxy supervision” is expressly prohibited. The site supervisor agrees to be the sole party responsible for providing weekly, face-to-face site supervision in conjunction with the activities completed by the counseling practicum or internship candidate indicated in required Counseling Practicum or Internship Supervision Contracts. “Proxy” internship supervisors are not allowed to “sign off” on hours for which they did not provide direct, face-to-face, weekly supervision. A violation of this policy will result in the disqualification of the site as an eligible internship site for future counseling internship students.