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Last approved: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:00:56 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:45:10 GMT

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ECD (Counselor Education)
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Practicum In Counseling
Pract in Counsel
College of Education
Curriculum, Instruction & Counselor (13ECI)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)
Distance Education (DELTA)
Hybrid (Online/Face to Face)
Online (Internet)

Grading Method
Credit (S/U)/Audit
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
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Course Is Repeatable for Credit
Dr. Helen Lupton-Smith
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Practicum305Yesmay have multiple sections, coordinated by a professor
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
PRA305Yesmay have multiple sections, coordinated by a professor
Prerequisite: ECD 641

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Student participation in individual and group counseling and consultation experiences under supervision in a school, college or agency setting. Prerequisite: 1. Completion of all ECD, PSY, and STAT courses with exception of ECD 539 Group Counseling that may be taken concurrently. [Other classes that could be taken concurrently PSY 535,582, 584, 475, 476] 2. Consent of concentration coordin

1. Reduce the credits from 6 to 3:

We need to adjust the credit hours for Practicum required in this course to appropriately represent the amount of field work in comparison to the internship course. It should be 3 credits for 100 hours practicum experience.

2. To be offered in spring

We are revising the practical courses and are moving this course to spring to match with the internship course sequence.


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  • Apply counseling strategies and skills in a counseling agency in school, college or community setting as an intern

  • Discuss counseling cases in the weekly seminar

  • Develop a personal counseling style

  • Demonstrate the ability to complete counseling records and documents

  • Demonstrate the ability for professional and ethical practice

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the practicum, the students can: 

Demonstrate professionalism through the practicum

Demonstrate an understanding of the developmental/educational context as well as theories for facilitating optimal development and wellness over the life span

Experience the professional counseling role, its functions and relationships with other human service providers

Demonstrate counseling ethical behaviors and ethical standards of professional organizations and credentialing bodies

Engage in reflective self evaluation and demonstrate an understanding of personal characteristics and behaviors that influence the helping process

Demonstrate a commitment and sensitivity to multiculturalism with regard to cultural, economic, developmental, ethnic, racial, gender, religion, and sexual orientation diversity

Demonstrate practical applications of counseling knowledge: relevant concepts, theories, and skills to sites and clients

Participate in facilitating group counseling experiences and demonstrate an understanding of group facilitation skills, group dynamics, and counseling group theory

Participate in opportunities to formally evaluate faculty and supervisors who provide curricular and clinical experiences

Experience and interaction with counseling supervision models, practices, and processes through involvement in the supervision process

Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Lab Report100% A minimum of 100 hours of counseling and counseling related activities.
Attendance100%Attend a weekly seminar and participate in case study discussions
Oral Presentation100%A minimum of one (1.0) hour per week of individual supervision with the course instructor.
Participation100%A minimum of one and one-half (1.5) hours per week of group supervision with other master’s students.
presentation100%A minimum of 10 videotaped counseling sessions.
Videotaped sessions are required (exceptions must be approved by the instructor and may require written transcripts).
Lab Report100%One (1) 30-minute formal case presentation (and transcription) made to the supervision group.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Practicum16 weeksSemester long practicum with activities define for each student. Dates, class descriptors, assignments given and due (to be completed by the individual practicum instructors)
Sample Course Outline16 weeksThe order of presentation of the general topics is expected to be essentially the same for all sections of the course. The rate at which each section progresses through the curriculum, however, will often vary. It is assumed that the progression rate is a function of: (1) the stage of proficiency of basic counseling skills of individual group members, (2) the stage of development of the supervision group, and (3) the level of counselor professional development of the novice counselors in any given Practicum section.
The general topics are the following:

Welcome back
Practicum site review
Roles of supervisors
Role of program coordinators

Preparation for individual counseling
Review of counseling process and skills

The therapeutic relationship

Counseling Theory

Conducting individual counseling
The clinical interview

Problem description

Diagnostic impression

Evaluation, discussion, and follow-up of individual counseling
Use of tests in counseling


Individual counseling supervision concerns
Practical issues with clients

Case presentations

Preparation for group counseling
Stages of group development

Transference and counter transference

Leadership of counseling groups
(General topics, continued)

Group counseling supervision sessions

Concerns - based individual seminar topics

Final case reports

Final evaluation of counseling skills
(Based on taped counseling sessions and/or on live observation)

In addition to the general topics, each supervision section leader will also cover topics, which they personally may have found to be very useful in the past. In general, the majority of class time in the first few sessions of ECD 642 will be devoted to basic skill development through videotaped role plays and subsequent critiques. Later classes tend to be devoted to case presentations and professional issues.

ghodge 9/18/2015 Suggested edits made. Revised contact hours per course instructional Standards 2015. Return to department for review.

ghodge 11/11/2015 10 hours per week is appropriate for a 3 credit hour practicum. 100% for each evaluation method is okay since all are required to receive a S grade. Student learning outcomes need to be rewritten and simplified. Maybe something like " Upon completion of the practicum the student will be able to: Apply discipline or content specific knowledge in a workplace setting." return to department for edits.
Ting, 1/13/2016 Changes were made accordingly.

ghodge 1/20/2016 Ready for ABGS reviewers.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-no comments

ghodge 2/8/2016 Ready for ABGS.
mmmartin (Wed, 07 Oct 2015 19:32:29 GMT): mmmartin (10/07/15 2:30 pm): ECD 642 does fulfill Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Standards.
mmmartin (Tue, 13 Oct 2015 17:57:41 GMT): This course meets the CACREP new standard requirements.
mlnosbis (Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:33:50 GMT): Rollback: Rollback to department for further revision.
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