Internship Course "Required" Information
Here's what you are doing
"Professional counseling" means that specialty which utilizes counseling techniques based on principles, methods, and procedures of counseling that assist people in identifying and resolving personal, social, vocational, intrapersonal and interpersonal concerns; utilizes counseling and psychotherapy to evaluate and treat emotional and mental problems and conditions, whether cognitive, behavioral, or affective; administers and interprets educational and vocational assessment instruments and other tests which the professional counselor is qualified to employ by virtue of education, training, and experience; utilizes information and community resources for personal, social, or vocational development; utilizes individual and group techniques for facilitating problem solving, decision making, and behavior change; utilizes functional assessment and vocational planning and guidance for persons requesting assistance in adjustment to a disability or disabling condition; utilizes referral for persons who request counseling services; and utilizes and interprets counseling research.
Here's WHY you're doing it
*** CODE SECTION *** 10/15/99
(a) The education, experience, and training requirements for licensure in professional counseling are as follows:
(1) For licensure as an associate professional counselor, a master's degree from a recognized educational institution in a program that is primarily counseling in content which includes a supervised internship or practicum as part of the degree program and registration with the board of an acceptable contract for obtaining the post-master's experience under direction and supervision required for licensure as a professional counselor; and
(2) For licensure as a professional counselor:
(A) A doctoral degree from a recognized educational institution in a program that is primarily counseling in content and requires at least one year of supervised internship in a work setting acceptable to the board; or
(B) A specialist degree from a recognized educational institution in a program that is primarily counseling in content with supervised internship or practicum and two years of post-master's directed experience under supervision in a setting acceptable to the board; or
(C)(i) A master's degree in rehabilitation counseling or in a program that is primarily counseling in content from a recognized educational institution;
(ii) An internship or practicum supervised either by a supervisor, as defined in paragraph (16) of Code Section 43-10A-3, or by a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor certified as such by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification;
(iii) The Certified Rehabilitation Counselor designation from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification; and
(iv) Three years of post-master's directed experience providing rehabilitation services in a rehabilitation setting under supervision provided either by a supervisor, as defined in paragraph (16) of Code Section 43-10A-3, or by a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor certified as such by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. Up to one year of such experience may have been in an approved practicum or internship placement as part of the degree program; or
(D) A master's degree from a recognized educational institution in a program that is primarily counseling in content with supervised internship or practicum and four years of post-master's directed experience under supervision in a setting acceptable to the board. Up to one year of such experience may have been in an approved practicum placement as part of the degree program.
(b) For purposes of subsection (a) of this Code section, work settings acceptable to the board may include, but are not limited to, educational, rehabilitation, career development, mental health, community, or industrial organizations.
(c) Associate professional counselors may only use the title "associate professional counselor" and may practice professional counseling only under direction and supervision and only for a period not to exceed five years while obtaining the post-master's experience required for licensure as a professional counselor.
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Hints for Successfully Submitting an Application for Licensure
- Ask for the right application. The Composite Board licenses marriage and family therapists, social workers, professional counselors and associate professional counselors. Specifically state which application you are requesting.
- "Directed experience" means paid as an employee. The applicant cannot be compensated as an independent contractor (1099 vs. W-2).
- Directed experience must be supervised. Many applicants submit supervision forms with dates that do not overlap the dates of employment; i.e., "supervision" and "experience" dates must match.
- "Supervision hours" are for hours of supervision – not all of the hours on the work site. Many applications have the same number of hours for supervision as for directed experience. Please read the definition of what constitutes "supervision."
- At least ½ of the supervision MUST be by a licensed professional counselor.
- Practicum/Internship verification forms (minimum of 300 clock hours) must be signed and notarized by the university instructor(s) that assigned the grades – not the site supervisor. The instructor(s) must be licensed or certified in a human service related field (see rules).
- A graduate level academic course can only be used ONCE for each
required educational content area. In the application, there is a
page for the applicant to list courses for which they are
requesting credit. The applicant must have:
- counseling theory,
- a practicum or internship and
- 6 of 8 courses (Human & Growth Development, Social & Cultural Foundations, The Helping Relationship, Group Dynamics, Lifestyle & Career Development, Appraisal/Evaluations of Individuals, Research & Evaluation, and/or Professional Orientation). Many applicants attempt to list one course for two or more content areas.
- If the name of the course as listed on the transcript is not the same as the course content for which credit is being requested, send the syllabus or catalog description along with the application.
- If a supervisor, employer or practicum/supervisor is deceased or missing, request the appropriate form and make diligent efforts to provide documentation (as outlined in the rules).
- If applying for Licensed Associate Professional Counselor, make sure the contract with the employer and supervisor is specific. The Board must be able to determine that a minimum of 600 clock hours per 12 month period is "directed experience" and a minimum of 30 clock hours per 12 month period is "supervised practice." For example, "Regularly scheduled supervision meetings" does not assure the prerequisite hours; "One hour per week for at least 48 weeks" does.
- The Licensed Associate Professional Counselor contract must be agreed to by a Licensed Professional Counselor supervisor. Although the contract can include a licensed supervisor that is not a Licensed Professional Counselor for up to one-half of the required time, submitting a contract by a psychologist, for example, does not assure the Board that a Licensed Professional Counselor will also agree.
- Ensure everything in the application is complete; e.g. all transcripts, forms, verifications, application and fees.
- If your name has changed since college/graduate school, notify the school to send the transcript to the Board for the name currently used.
- Sign and notarize the application.