Practicum

All students in the Counseling Program are required to complete a practicum experience. The practicum experience is an introductory supervised experience in counseling in a laboratory setting. Multiple prerequisite courses are in place to prepare students for their practicum experience, and the experience itself is structured in a way that supports and scaffolds student learning.

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Forms for CMHC Practicum Students

Oral Examination

The Oral Examination is designed to be a final assessment of student knowledge of fundamental elements of clinical mental health practice that have been the core of the clinical training received in the Counseling Program. The requirements are outlined more specifically in the Oral Examination Case Study Guidelines and Directions, which can be below. A link is also provided to an overview of the Oral examination protocol.

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Portfolio

School Counseling students must complete the Vermont Agency of Education Level 1 Licensure Portfolio in order to be eligible for licensure in the state of Vermont. The Licensure Portfolio also serves as final assessment of student knowledge of fundamental elements of Professional School Counseling practice.

Internship

All students in the Counseling Program are required to complete an internship experience in either a school or a clinical mental health site. The internship experience is a vital component of counselor training. Multiple prerequisite courses are in place to prepare students for their internship experience, and the experience itself is structured in a way that supports and scaffolds student learning.

Information

You must discuss placement options with your advisor before contacting any site.

Counseling Program Internship site resources are for matriculated Counseling students only.

Items needed before you begin your practicum/internship:

  • Register for assigned practicum/internship class
  • Attend the practicum/internship orientation in the fall semester
  • Have site supervisor complete the Developmental Supervision Training (below)
  • Signed original contract to Counseling Program Staff
  • Resume on file for your site supervisor:
    • Check with Counseling Program Staff to be sure a current resume is on file, otherwise you'll need to request a short form resume showing education, current employment and license information. The resume may be e-mailed to cslgprog@uvm.edu as an attachment.
  • Proof of insurance from ACA or ASCA. If you do not have proof, contact the insurer and have them fax a copy to the Counseling Program office - 802-656-3173.
  • Encrypt your Thumb Drive by following the instructions below.
  1. Go to Encrypting an External Drive
  2. Choose your Operating System (macOS or Windows)
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions
  4. If that doesn't work, contact the TECH TE@M: (802) 656-2604 or techteam@uvm.edu.

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Developmental Supervision Presentation (Site Supervisors)

As of Summer 2016, the Counseling Program has implemented the Developmental Supervision Presentation. This training is replacing the annual Site Supervisor Orientation. Site supervisors must review the presentation and take the survey at the end, indicating that the site supervisor has gone through the training.

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* Please note that this file is very large and will take a couple of minutes to download.

General Program Forms

The Counseling Program faculty and staff make every effort to document changes and modifications made in any student’s program of study. Forms associated with changes and modifications of study plans can be found in this section

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Ethical Guidelines

All Counseling students are expected to demonstrate a high level of professionalism. Professionalism includes abiding by all of the standards and ethical expectations of the profession and following all of the policies and accepted practices at the Counseling Program and UVM. Here are links to core ethical guidelines used in the profession.

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State Licensure

This link contains information pertaining to the process of obtaining licencure as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC).

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NCC

This link will guide you through the process of applying to take the National Counselor Exam (NCE) and maintaining the Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) Credential.

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