Students undertake two clinical placements during the course of their degree – practicum and internship. Placement is arranged with the support of the GSCP Clinical Placement Coordinator and Academic Advisors within each concentration, and students have the opportunity to apply to a diverse range of sites offering practicum and internship opportunities. Graduates leave the program with a strong foundation in the principles and practices of promoting health in themselves and in others and have the skills and knowledge to work in various professional settings.
Practicum provides for the continued development of counseling skills through fieldwork at a community agency with on-site consultation and supervision, and is designed to provide a supportive and instructional forum for students' initial experiences working with clients in community settings. Students become familiar with ethical guidelines in relation to the counseling profession and discuss, within a supportive classroom environment, professional and personal questions as they relate to their development as beginning counselors.
Internship allows for students to develop an understanding of counseling theory and practices as well as helps them to cultivate an understanding of the relationship between their specific counseling modality and other therapeutic disciplines practiced in various settings. Students gain the opportunity to utilize effective counseling interventions including treatment planning, assessment, and a refined capacity to conceptualize case material. Students will experience themselves in a professional, supervised role, as they begin to develop a professional identity in preparation for a career in counseling.
Below is a sample of some of our current clinical placement sites that we are pleased to be partnering with. Please note that these sites are subject to change on a regular basis.
Interested in partnering with the GSCP to provide Practicum and/or Internship placements for students? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please refer to the following Site Supervisor's Orientation to Naropa University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program PDF.