Students admitted into the CMHC program, upon completing their first year of coursework, are required to perform practicum hours in a clinical setting across three semesters of at least 450 hours (280 hours must be face-to-face counseling). Practicum hours must be completed concurrently with the sequence of academic practicum courses. Students who are unable, for any reason, to complete the required practicum hours during the CMHC 699A, CMHC 699B, and CMHC 699C courses will need to enroll in additional practicum courses (CMHC 699D) until their required hours are complete.
The program hosts an annual Field Supervisor Conference each January in order to provide students with the opportunity to meet supervisors and staff from many of the training sites we use.
Students apply to the sites in which they are interested, recognizing that each site is likely to have its own application deadlines. It is advisable that students work with their academic advisor prior to applying so they can obtain help and feedback on their resumes and cover letters.
Students who pass the first review, based on their written materials, will usually be invited to the next step an interview.
The Office of Student Success will work with students to help them locate, apply to, and interview for sites that the program has approved. Once a student has been accepted at an approved site, the Office will help ensure that students have completed the necessary documents.
It is the responsibility of each student to document their practicum hours and ensure their site supervisor will verify them. At the conclusion of their practicum, students should have the following documented which comply with California state requirements:
Students must pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE), in order to complete program requirements. See Handbook for more information.
A graduate of the program can apply to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to become a licensed Associate Clinical Counselor Intern (APCCI). Interns can engage in the practice of professional clinical counseling in California under an approved clinical supervisor.
APCCIs, with appropriate supervised experience, can apply to the Board to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). An LPCC can engage in the independent practice of professional counseling in California. Prospective students are encouraged to become acquainted with the licensure requirements in the state in which they plan to practice.
For more information about becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, view the Board of Behavioral Sciences website: https://www.bbs.ca.gov/applicants/lpcc.html