Associate Professor of Psychology, Clinical Director of the Clinical Counseling Program
Internship & Practicum
The program will take students three years to complete; the first two years are primarily in the classroom, and the third year focuses on clinical training at practicum and internship sites.
Students complete two field placement experiences. The first is accounted for by Practicum (PSYC 665). The second is accounted for by both Internship I (PSYC 670) and then Internship II (PSYC 675). Practicum requires 100 hours of work, meaning students will work approximately 12-14 hours/week. Each internship requires 300 hours of work, totaling 600 after both are completed, meaning students will work approximately 20 hours/week.
In Practicum and Internship I and II, in addition to direct client experience, students will also participate in group discussion of counseling issues, logistics of conducting counseling in a community agency, and identification of challenges to beginning counselors.
This program prepares students to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) in the state of South Carolina and potentially other states. Students should contact their state’s boards for specific details.
LPCs are employed and provide mental healthcare in a wide variety of settings:
- Private practices
- College counseling centers
- Mental health and social service agencies
LPCs help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with family and other relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives.
Does counseling fit your personality?
Take the Myers Briggs-based free assessment to find out!
INFJs or “Advocates” need to find meaning in their work and to know that they are helping and connecting with people.
INFPs or “Mediators” will prefer a still more personal touch, being able to work face-to-face with clients, seeing that their personal effort really impacts another’s quality of life, taking pride in the progress and growth they help to foster.
ESFJs or “Consuls” usually find analytical careers are often too dull–they need human interaction and emotional feedback to be truly satisfied in their line of work as good listeners and enthusiastic team members.
This is not a definitive list of course; however, it may be insightful in discovering your career calling.
National Counselor Examination
Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) for Counselors (National Board of Certified Counselors). Upon completion of this degree, passing the boards (NCE), and completing supervisory training, a student will be able to obtain a license as a Licensed Professional Counselor in South Carolina.