During their second year of coursework, students are required to participate in 450 hours of supervised practicum, providing counseling services under supervision in an approved clinical setting, across the year’s three academic terms. Students must be enrolled in one of the CMHC practicum courses 699A, B, C, or X in order to see clients off site.
In addition, students are required to participate at the student-run Health Clinic approximately 10 to 12 hours per month.
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 Kristin Grammer 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: