Graduate Internship

Course Details

Course Number: COUN 6043  Section Number: 270

Spring 2012

Location: Museum of Art

Days & Times:

Wednesdays 5:30-8:20

Course Attachments

Syllabus  SyllabusInternshipSp2012.docx


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Judith Elaine Beechler LPCS, NCC   
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Course Objectives

·         Knowledge of the professional roles, functions, and relationships with other human service providers, including strategies for interagency/interorganization collaboration and communications

·         Ethical standards of professional organizations and credentialing bodies, and applications of ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling

·         An understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society

·         An understanding of the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts

·         A  knowledge of counseling theories in order for the student to conceptualize client presentation and selection of  appropriate counseling interventions. 

·         Theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, theories, methods, skills, and other group approaches in a multicultural society

·         An understanding of the principals and practices of diagnosis and treatment

·         An understanding of the knowledge, skills, and practice necessary to address a wide variety of issues in the context of relationships and families to include diverse family systems (i.e. families in transition, dual-career couples, blended families, same-sex couples)

·         For students who are preparing to work as career counselors, the professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to help a person develop a life career path.


·         For students who are preparing to work as school counselors, the professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of all K-12 students

·         For students who are preparing to work in professional positions in higher education, the knowledge, skills and practices necessary to promote the development of postsecondary students


Grading Standards

Merely completing the designated hours and obtaining a satisfactory report from the site supervisor is not sufficient to obtain an A in the class.  In addition:


This course requires students to obtain 200 counseling hours at a site or sites approved by the instructor.  The student will be supervised at their site(s) by a supervisor who has been approved by the instructor. Of the 200 counseling hours, 75 hours must be direct (face-to-face), and the remaining 125 counseling hours will be indirect (observation, consultation, staffing, case note preparation).  Students will be required to document hours in a log format to be submitted at the end of the semester. 


In addition, the instructor will complete no fewer than 2 site visits to observe the counseling student conducting a session.  The instructor will consult with the site supervisor(s) on a consistent basis, to include the counseling student in the consultation whenever possible.  Also taken into consideration is the student’s conduct at his/her site(s) (i.e. absences, tardiness, professional demeanor and dress, ability and willingness to receive criticism and feedback)


The student will designate a theoretical orientation in their counseling and will demonstrate their knowledge of the theoretical principles and techniques in their counseling.  This is very important as the instructor will be noting the level of expertise in this area during site visits.


Students will bring a case or even two to each class meeting and be prepared to discuss this case, maintaining client confidentiality.


Students will be prepared participate in group sessions during class meetings.  These sessions will be of a personal growth nature.  Participation in the group process will be noted on the final grade.


Grading Criteria as follows:

Completion of 200 hours                                                                                                              40%

Ability to identify and utilize the student’s theoretical orientation                             15%

Satisfactory report from site and site supervisor                                                                                15%

Participation in class activities                                                                                                     15%

Participation in class group processes                                                                                     15%


Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance and Participation

Attendance is mandatory.  Any absence will be considered unexcused unless the instructor has been notified and has given permission for the absence.  Each absence will result in a deduction of 10 points from your final grade.  Three absences will result in a lowering of your final grade by one letter.  No Exceptions!  Students are expected in participate fully in class and will be graded as such. 


Other Policies

Plagiarism Statement

“By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a ‘limited right’ in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The ‘limited right’ shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational purposes.” from Student Handbook

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.