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

About The Author(s) 

Shannon Hodges, PhD, LMHC, ACS, is professor and coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Niagara University. He has 20 years of counseling experience in community agencies, university counseling centers, and overseas. He is a former director of a university counseling center and clinical director of a county mental health clinic, and has another 10 years of experience in supervising collegiate living groups. He has 25 years of experience in teaching school counselors, mental health counselors, and undergraduate psychology students. He has authored numerous professional publications, including books, book chapters, journal articles, and essays. He has also served on the editorial review boards of several journals including the Journal of Counseling and Development, Journal of Counseling and Values, Journal of Mental Health Counseling, and Journal of College Counseling. He has received awards both for his teaching and for his writing. Dr. Hodges is a longtime member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), and several ACA affiliate divisions. His book 101 Careers in Counseling is a popular text for counselors and those considering the counseling profession. His most recent mystery novel with a counselor as protagonist is The Lonely Void: A Bob Gifford Counselor Mystery. Shannon has taught and counseled overseas and made professional presentations on four continents and in numerous countries. When he is not teaching or writing, he enjoys reading, jogging, and traveling to remote areas of the globe. He and his wife, Shoshanna, live in historic Lewiston, New York.

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