The Practicum year is designed to prepare students with clinical experience and supervised training. Students complete approximately 200 Practicum hours, which consist of activities completed over the three-quarter Practicum experience. Students work directly with clients, receive individual supervision, and participate both in group sessions and a Group Relations student immersion experience on the Northwestern campus.
- Clinical Fieldwork Experience — approximately 200 hours total
- Direct Client Contact — 50 hours
- Approximately 1-3 hours weekly of direct face-to-face contact with clients at a practicum site
- Indirect Contact Hours – 50 hours
- Approximately 2-3 hours weekly spent immersed in clinical work such as record keeping, staff meetings, research, workshops, conferences, training, outreach, advocacy, and presentations
- Supervision Contact – 99 hours
- Individual Supervision — 33 hours, a 1 hour weekly meeting between student and supervisor at the clinical field site
- Group Supervision/Reflective Practitioner Supervision — 66 hours, a 2 hour weekly meeting between a small group of students and a supervisor on the same online platform used to deliver classes
The Practicum course, Supervised Practicum in Counseling (COUN 486-6, 487-6, 488-6), is designed to teach practicum trainees how to provide direct clinical service to clients and to apply a basic repertoire of clinical skills. Students are introduced to supervision and the supervisory relationship, and they meet weekly with an assigned clinical supervisor.
During the Reflective Practitioner Supervision experience, students meet weekly in small groups with their designated group supervisor, a seasoned practitioner, during which the training process is viewed through a psychodynamic lens. This meeting takes place on the same online platform used to deliver classes. The Reflective Practitioner Supervision focuses on understanding client transference and therapist countertransference, identifying biases that affect therapeutic objectivity, and removing personal barriers in order to stay fully present with the client.
If you have questions about clinical field placement, please request more information or contact an admissions counselor at 1-844-684-6221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.