The Counseling Practicum and Internship Manual

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The Counseling Practicum and Internship Manual

SKU# 9780826118325

A Resource for Graduate Counseling Students

Author: Shannon Hodges PhD, LMHC, ACS


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For many counseling students, the first experience with a counseling practicum or internship can be daunting. With this manual, students in practicum and internship settings receive the orientation and guidance they need to successfully navigate field placement.

In this book, author Shannon Hodges shares over 16 years of expertise in counseling and clinical training. He discusses everything students need to know to fully understand all aspects of the practicum/internship process. The book provides detailed guidelines to selecting and applying for an appropriate practicum/internship, performing responsibly on the job, maintaining ethical standards, and much more. The manual comprehensively covers practicum/internships in all settings, including rehabilitation, school, mental health, addictions, and marriage and family counseling.

With this book, students will learn how to:

  • Select, apply to, and interview for the internship/practicum
  • Use the practicum/internship as a means to land a job
  • Create a professional identity and demeanor
  • Navigate ethical, legal, and professional issues
  • Comply with HIPA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
  • Use various new, leading technologies in counseling
  • Write clinical case notes and develop treatment plans
  • Set clear boundaries with clients and deal with difficult colleagues

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 03, 2010
  • Page Count 328
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826118325
  • EISBN 9780826118332

Table of Contents 



1. Introduction to the Counseling Profession and the Practicum/Internship

2. Selecting and Applying for a Practicum/Internship

3. Ethical and Legal Issues

4. Clinical Issues in Practicum/Internship

5. Clinical Writing Skills

6. Classroom and Site Supervision

7. Multicultural Issues and Considerations

8. Managing Stress During Your Practicum/Internship

9. Crisis Intervention in Practicum/Internship

10. Protecting Yourself During Practicum/Internship

11. Termination in Counseling

12. Completing the Practicum/Internship and Preparing for the Future

Appendix A: List of Professional Counseling Organizations

Appendix B: ACA Code of Ethics

Appendix C: ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors

Appendix D: State Licensure Boards and Requirements

Appendix E: Practicum and Internship Contract