Supervised Field Training

Comprehensive Immersion in Clinical Work – From the moment students enter the program, they are immersed in clinical work. The “learning-by-doing” model exposes students to clinical work while providing complementary academic experiences. At each stage in the development of the counselor, students are equipped with the necessary clinical skills and knowledge. The Standard Curriculum is a two-year intensive program for students entering the Counseling field with academic and experiential background in psychology or human services and prior clinical experiences. Standard students complete a Practicum and Internship. The Two-Plus Curriculum is a three-year program designed for qualified students entering the Counseling field for the first time following a career in another discipline and/or with minimal academic and experiential background in psychology or human services. Two-Plus students complete a Pre-Practicum in addition to the Practicum and Internship.

Pre-Practicum (Two-Plus Students Only)

Approximately 12-16 hours per week for 10 months

The pre-practicum course, COUN 479-1,2,3, Introduction to Clinical Practice, is the beginning experiential component of professional training designed for students entering the Two-Plus Curriculum. It introduces basic concepts related to the practice of professional counseling. Students train in psychosocial rehabilitation centers (PSR) or partial hospitalization programs (PHP) are exposed to a range of clinical activities, client issues, and an interdisciplinary group of mental health professionals. Students observe and co-lead support groups, skills-based groups and treatment groups, interact with clients, assist staff with milieu and case management activities. They participate in case consultation meetings and can be assigned individual case management clients.

Practicum

Minimum of 9 hours per week for 10 months

Practicum students are required to accrue 80 hours of face-to-face contact with clients.

The Practicum course, COUN 481-1, 481-2, 481-3, Supervised Practicum in Counseling, is designed to teach practicum trainees how to provide direct clinical service to clients and to apply a basic repertoire of clinical skills. All Practicum students train at one of 4 clinics at The Family Institute. Students obtain a general introduction to supervision and the supervisory relationship. Students meet weekly with an assigned clinical supervisor.

Required Practicum Clinical Fieldwork Experiences

The following chart summarizes the required Practicum experiences:

Required Practicum Experiences*

There are 38 weeks in the Counseling Program Clinical Training Year.

Students participate in Practicum activities for 35 weeks. The remaining 3 weeks are during NU school breaks. Students participate in Practicum experiences for approximately 9 hours/week.

Description of Experience Minimum Total Hours Required CACREP Standard

Face-to-Face Client Hours

80 hours required, with the following guidelines:

Students accrue 30 Face-to-Face Client Hours by Winter Break

Students accrue 60 Face-to-Face Client Hours by Spring Break

Students accrue 80 Face-to-Face Client Hours by the end of the Practicum year

III-PP-F1

 

III-CMHC-B1, D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, D9, F3, H1, H2, H3, H4, J1, J2, J3

Individual Supervision

10 hours required

Individual supervision is when the supervisor and the student participate in supervision together (triadic supervision).

Practicum trainees will receive 1 hour of monthly individual supervision each month.

III-PP-F2

 

III-CMHC-D9

Group Supervision

75 hours required

Group supervision includes supervision with one supervisor and any number of students greater than two.

Students will receive 3 hours of group supervision per week.

III-PP-F3

 

III-CMHC-D9

Record Keeping

140 hours (approximately 4-5 hours/week)

Record keeping hours include those activities that pertain to the Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change assessment tool,

paper or computer-based clinical behavioral health records.

III-CMHC-B1, C7, D7, F1, F2, J1, K1, K2, L1, L2
Personal Growth

5 hours

Personal growth hours include participation in professional organizations, seminars, FI Grand Rounds, workshops,

or other activities that contribute to personal growth.

These hours also include attendance at conferences and giving presentations.

II-PI-C

 

G1f

Minimum of 310 hours; approximately 9 hours per week

 

Required Hours for Preceptorship

Practicum students enroll in COUN 480-1, 480-2, 480-3, Counseling Methods, where they participate in a weekly Preceptorship experience. During the Preceptorship Experience students meet weekly in small groups with a preceptor, a seasoned practitioner, where the training process is viewed through a psychodynamic lens. Students examine their emerging therapeutic skills, during this experience in order to separate what is a therapeutically powerful tool for them from what needs to be sharpened. The Preceptorship focuses on understanding client transference and therapist countertransference, identifying biases that affect therapeutic objectivity, and removing personal barriers to staying fully present with the client

The following chart summarizes the Preceptorship Experiences:

Preceptorship Experiences
Activity Total Hours Dates
Preceptorship Group 66 hours 2 hours/week during the 10 weeks of each quarter of the Practicum Year
Preceptorship Meetings 4 hours

Fall Quarter Orientation

Fall Quarter Wrap-Up & Winter Quarter Orientation

WinterQuarter Wrap-Up & Spring Quarter Orientation

Spring Quarter Wrap-Up

70 total hours

 

Internship

Minimum of 17 hours per week for 10 months

Internship students are required to accrue 600 hours, with 240 hours are spent in face-to-face contact with clients.

The Internship course, COUN 482-1, 482-2, 482-3, Supervised Internship in Counseling, equips students with basic client management tasks and skills. Students participate in role-related clinical service and training activities. All training settings meet specific program and professional criteria for training and supervision, and students’ individual progress is carefully monitored and evaluated throughout the training year. While some Internship fieldwork placements are at The Family Institute, the majority are located in agencies in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. The selection of a specific internship site corresponds to the student’s clinical interests and choice of specialization. All placements are negotiated by the Director or Assistant Director of Clinical Training in consultation with each respective student. This includes the opportunity to experience a specialized client system, particular intervention approach, assessment procedure or combination of the above.

The following chart summarizes the required Internship experiences:

Required Internship Experiences*

There are 38 weeks in the clinical training year.

Students will participate in Internship activities for a minimum of 35 weeks. The remaining 3 of the 38 weeks are NU school breaks.

Students participate in Internship experiences for approximately 17 hours/week.

Description of Experience Minimum Total Hours Required CACREP Standard
Face-to-Face Client Contact

240 hours required, with the following guidelines:

Face-to-Face hours include but are not limited to the following: Intake; assessment; individual, group, family and couple counseling;

phone contact; IEP & outreach; advocacy; prevention; and making referrals & sharing community resources

Targets for accrual of hours:

80 hours RECOMMENDED by Winter Break

175 hours RECOMMENDED by Spring Break

240 hours REQUIRED by end of Internship Year

III-PP-G1

 

III-CMHC-B1, D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, D9, F3, H1, H2, H3, H4, J1, J2, J3

Individual Supervision

35 hours required (1hour/week x 35 weeks)

Individual supervision is when the supervisor and the student participate in supervision together

or when the supervisor and two students participate in supervision together (triadic supervision)

III-PP-G2

 

III-PP-G5

 

III-CMHC-D9

Group Supervision and/or Case Consultation

52.5 hours required (1.5 hours/week x 35 weeks)

Group supervision includes supervision with one supervisor and any number of students greater than two.

This requirement may also be met by participation in the Case Consultation Group Experience.

 

The Case Consultation experience includes exploring of challenging or difficult cases, learning how to assess their therapeutic effectiveness,

and learning to articulate areas of concern that can be addressed in consultation in order to increase efficacy.

III-PP-G3 & G5

 

III-CMHC-D9

 

Record Keeping

Record Keeping hours include but are not limited to: record keeping; learning, scoring and interpreting assessment instruments; information and referral;

in-service; staff meetings; research; reviewing recordings of counseling sessions; case-related consultation; and case-related peer consultation

III-PP-G4

III-CMHC-B1, C7, D7, F1, F2, J1, K1, K2, L1, L2

Personal Growth

272.5 hours required

Personal Growth hours include but are not limited to:

Participation in professional organizations, seminars, FI Grand Rounds, workshops, or other activities that contribute to personal growth.

These hours also include attendance at conferences and giving presentations.

II-PI-C

II-PI-G1f

600 total hours