In the Internship year, students complete a total of 600 clinical hours, which includes 240 hours spent working directly with clients. Students participate in Internship activities during the three-quarter Internship experience. During the Internship, students complete clinical fieldwork experiences, receive individual supervision, participate in group sessions with a supervisor, and attend an in-person immersion experience. The required Internship experiences are summarized below:
- Internship Hours — 600 hours total
- Direct Client Contact — 240 hours
- 80 hours recommended by end of Quarter One
- 175 hours recommended by end of Quarter Two
- 240 hours required by end of Quarter Three
- Individual Supervision — 35 hours
- A weekly meeting between student and supervisor at the clinical field site
- Case Conference — 49.5 hours
- Takes place on online platform
- A weekly meeting between a small group of students and a seasoned practitioner, during which real cases are examined
- Record Keeping — 175 hours
- Includes record keeping; learning, scoring and interpreting assessment instructions; information and referral; in-service; staff meetings; research; reviewing records of counseling sessions; case-related consultation; and case-related peer consultation
- Personal Growth — 100.5 hours
- Includes participation in professional organizations, seminars, workshops, or other activities that contribute to personal growth, such as conferences and presentations
Students will attend a second immersion experience at the end of the Internship year. This experience will involve participation in a Research Symposium showcasing the student’s poster presentation and conference presentation created as part of the Research Methods in Counseling and the Advanced Topics in Clinical Mental Health Counseling courses respectively. Taking place just prior to graduation, the symposium will be open to Northwestern faculty as well as the families and friends of the students.
The Internship course, Supervised Internship in Counseling, equips students with advanced client management and therapeutic skills. During this course, students participate in role-related clinical service and training activities. All training settings meet specific program and professional criteria for training and supervision, and individual progress is carefully monitored and evaluated throughout the training year.
The internship site is carefully selected so the student is able to develop and practice the necessary clinical skills. The director or assistant director of clinical training and the placement team review all placements with students’ specializations and long-term career goals in mind.
Students also will participate in the Psychodynamic Case Conference Experience where they will present challenging cases each week to a supervisor who will offer consultation steeped in psychodynamic perspective, bringing their coursework to life. Through this process, students learn how to assess their therapeutic effectiveness and articulate areas of concern that can be addressed in consultation. Finally, just prior to graduation, students will participate in an immersion experience where they will present poster presentations and conference presentations to Northwestern faculty, families, and friends at a Research Symposium held at Northwestern University.
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.