The practice of Professional Counseling is defined as “the application of mental health, psychological or human development principles, through cognitive, affective, behavioral or systemic intervention strategies, that address wellness, personal growth, or career development, as well as pathology” (ACA, 1997). Monmouth University offers three graduate programs that equip students with the theoretical and practical aspects of a career in counseling. The Department of Professional Counseling requires experiential coursework for all three of its degree and certificate programs in accordance with the requirements of CACREP and the State of New Jersey.
We believe that supervised experiential learning, including practicum and internship, are necessary to add breadth and depth to students’ development as counseling professionals. Practical experiences obtained as a part of our educational program will include individual and group counseling experience as well as professional experiences in psychoeducational program planning and implementation, case consultation, in-direct service activities, and group and individual supervision. Such experience will also put our students in touch with the community and expose them to the diverse population presenting at the sites.
THE ROLE OF THE ON-SITE SUPERVISOR
The on-site supervisor plays a key role in the field placement experience and educational developmental of the counseling student. The supervisor serves as a professional role model and is often the student’s first contact with professional counseling’s service delivery and world of work. We look to the On-Site Supervisor as a partner in the education of our students and therefore seek supervisors who are knowledgeable in theories and techniques of professional counseling, mental health, human development, and issues of diversity that are important to the developing counselor.
THE ON-SITE FIELD SUPERVISOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES
- Orient the student to the placement site by providing information regarding agency philosophy, policy, procedures, administration, etc.
- Assign specific cases and learning experiences.
- Schedule regular one hour face to face supervision at least once per week.
- Establish procedure for student to obtain emergency supervision if needed.
- Assist student in the development of skills in clinical areas.
- Evaluate students’ progress through observation, supervision, and other appropriate measures.
- Document number of hours the student has completed in direct service, supervision, and other related activities.
- Maintain contact with the University’s Field Placement Coordinator and advise the university immediately of any concerns.
- Complete the evaluation instrument provided by the University both in the middle and at the end of the semester and forward it to the Field placement coordinator in a timely manner.
- Provide professional role modeling, encouraging the professional development of the student.
FIELD PLACEMENT HANDBOOK
Please take some time to review the Monmouth University Field Placement Handbook. This book contains complete information on the requirements for placement and the course requirements for our students. In addition the handbook also includes all the forms necessary for obtaining a placement and completing the site experience.
To inquire about field placement and supervision issues, please contact the Field Placement Coordinator in the Department of Professional Counseling at Monmouth University, Dr. Gary Handler, at 732-263-5697 or email@example.com.