Counseling Psych Practicum Guidelines

 
 

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Counseling Psychology Practicum Guidelines

As part of the scientist-practitioner training model, students are expected to engage in a variety of practicum experiences to develop and hone their knowledge and skills as a practitioner. This webpage is designed to provide students with a basic overview of the Counseling Psychology practicum guidelines. For detailed information, please refer to the handbook for your specific program.

Practicum Class Enrollment

Per Kentucky Revised Statute 319.015, any person who engages in the delivery of psychological services in the state of Kentucky must be licensed as a qualified mental health professional. One exception to this law is students, interns, and residents pursuing a course of study in psychology who are enrolled in a practicum, internship, or field-placement course. Therefore, all students who deliver services must be enrolled in practicum and must purchase liability insurance through the Counseling Psychology administrative assistant.

Practicum Application Process

Students must submit a practicum application for review by the Counseling Psychology faculty for each semester that the student wishes to complete a practicum experience. Applications for summer and fall practica are due April 1st. Applications for spring practicum placements are due November 1st. Applications should be submitted to the Counseling Psychology Practicum Coordinator. Related forms can be found at: http://education.uky.edu/EDP/content/student-forms#cp_forms

Practicum Sites

A list of current practicum sites can be found at http://education.uky.edu/EDP/content/practicum-and-eds-internship-sites. In addition, the College of Education library contains a binder that lists and evaluations practicum sites for which Counseling Psychology students have complete practica over the last several years. Please ask for the practicum binder at the front desk. Students are always welcome to establish new practicum placements. If you would like to charter a new placement, please schedule an appointment to meet with the practicum coordinator to discuss the possibilities and procedures.

Practicum Requirements During the Fall and Spring Semesters*

Students enrolled in 6 credit hours of practicum must:

  • Be on-site a minimum of 24 hours per week
  • Receive a minimum of 1 hour of individual supervision per week
  • Obtain a minimum of 80 direct client contact hours
  • Attend a practicum class

Students enrolled in 3 credit hours of practicum must:

  • Be on-site a minimum of 12 hours per week
  • Receive a minimum of 1 hour of individual supervision per week
  • Obtain a minimum of 40 direct client contact hours
  • Attend a practicum class

Students enrolled in 1 or 2 credits of practicum:

  • May negotiate the on-site hours required per week
  • May negotiate the minimum number of direct client contact hours
  • Must receive a minimum of 1 hour of individual supervision per week
  • Must either receive supervision from a licensed psychologist, make arrangements to receive such supervision, or may attend class

*Note: Summer requirements are slightly different; please see your course instructor or faculty advisor.

Practicum Hours Record and Weekly Activity Report Recommendations

It is students’ responsibility to accurately track and record all activities completed while completing practicum. Whether applying for doctoral programs, licensure, a pre-doctoral internship, or employment, it is essential that students maintain a record of your practicum hours across semesters. An EDP alumna has developed a practicum hour spreadsheet that corresponds to the hour-reporting form created by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers to assist students as they track their practicum hours. We strongly suggest that you track your hours on a weekly basis. Click here to download a copy of the Excel file.  Or visit our forms page.

For those applying for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral internships, the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) has adopted a standardized application form. That form can be found here http://www.appic.org/match/5_3_match_application.html.