Practicum and Internship Experience and Handbook
Congratulations on reaching this next milestone in your journey to becoming a clinical mental health counselor! Practicum and internship will be one of your most valuable learning experiences as your prepare to become a clinical mental health counselor. It is an opportunity to begin to put theory into practice and more fully develop and affirm your identity as a counselor.
Practicum and internship experiences will push you outside of your comfort zone and can be an emotional and exciting time. During this time in your training, we especially encourage you to reach out to the faculty and your supervisor for support, when needed. Additionally, being in your own counseling on a regular basis can be helpful in exploring your own counter-transference and emotional growth as a counselor.
As with each new step in the journey, there is a wealth of information to take in, and I hope this handbook will be one way in which to help you organize your experience. I look forward to supporting each of you in your process and believe in your capacity to bring presence, attunement, and a compassionate non-judgmental attitude into your work that is backed by theory and research.
I wish each of you success in this next step of your education.
Laura Wood, Ph.D., LMHC
Please click on this link to view the CMHC Department's Internship and Practicum Handbook.
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