CMHC program requires students to complete a sequential clinical
internship experience. The practicum and subsequent internship occur
last 3-4 semesters of a student's program of study.
practicum once they have completed specific pre-requisite courses with
of "B" or higher. Practicum is an apprenticeship experience, and is the
student's first opportunity to the working life of a mental health
professional. Practicum typically begins with the student observing
clinical services and progressing slowly to the initial delivery of
services by the student to counseling. All of the student's clinical
work is closely supervised by an appropriately credentialed mental
health professiona on-site. Additionally, practicum students meet with
a program faculty member for 2.5 hours each week as a group. During
this time 1.5
hours are devoted to group supervision of the student's practicum work,
and 1 hour is devoted to advanced didactic instruction across a wide
range of issues in mental health practice. The practicum experience
consists of 100 hours at
an approved mental health agency, 40 of which are spent in observing,
co-delivering, or autonomously delivering direct counseling/therapy
services to clients. The remaining 60 hours are accrued through various
activities on-site other than direct service to clients.
internship consists of 600
an approved agency, and is typically completed at the same agency at
which the student completed their practicum. The internship experience
is meant to allow the student to experience the full working life of a
which includes autonomously delivering various counseling and related
health services. Again, during internship the student is closely
by their site supervisor for 1 hour per week and for 1.5 hours per week
by a CMHC program
group supervisor. The CMHC program maintains a small and carefully chosen
agencies with which it collaborates to place students for practicum and
internship. Students may interview at one of the approved sites.
may not select/approve their own sites, unless approved by the CMHC Practicum/Internship Coordinator.
The Primary CMHC practicum/internship sites are listed below:
The program also maintains relationships with secondary sites if the primary sites are filled or for students who commute from Mississippi. Placement at these sites occurs on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of the Practicum & Internship Coordinator.
Sites that may not be used as an initial Practicum site or a stand-alone Internship site, but may be used as a second Internship site when split with one of the above sites.