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Practicum and Internship 
MS in Mental Health Counseling

Students complete their practicum and internship during their last year of their program. Details of our experiential learning opportunities include:

  • A 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship. These experiences occur independent of each other with the practicum occurring prior to internship. Students complete practicum over one term and internship over two terms. Hours from practicum cannot overlap with hours accrued for internship.
  • Students engage in practicum and internship experiences that are 18 to 20 hours per week. Therefore, as standard among many other counseling programs, students are discouraged from holding full time employment while completing their practicum and internship.
  • Practicum and internship experiences are conducted in a wide variety of mental health sites, including residential treatment facilities, inpatient psychiatric units, outpatient clinics, therapeutic schools and more.

What Our Students Say

“It was interesting to learn how much treatment needs to be individualized to be effective. I also found it highly interesting and enjoyable to see growth in my clients, and hear them tell me how much therapy changed their quality of life.”

Samantha Stolker

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Substance use has always been a bit daunting to me, but I have found such a passion in working with this population as there are so many overlaps in diversity issues as well that I am able to advocate for.

Shannon Tissera

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