Practicums, Internships, Advisors, and Oral Exams

THE CLINICAL COMPONENT
The clinical component of the program is comprised of a 100 hour Practicum experience over one semester, and a 600 Internship experience over two semesters. These experiences provide an opportunity for the student to integrate theory and practice in a “hands on” environment. Our graduates consistently rate their combined practicum and internship experience as one of the most rewarding and beneficial parts of the program, and often lead to jobs upon graduation.

Practicum: First Period of Supervised Clinical Practice
The 100 hour practicum experience places emphasis on the counseling relationship and the development of fundamental counseling and interviewing skills. Students are required to complete audio or videotaped counseling sessions during their practicum experience. Students receive weekly individual and group supervision during the practicum session, and have opportunities to get feedback regarding the development of their counseling skills. There is also an emphasis on identifying and addressing ethical issues that may arise in the counseling relationship. Formal supervisor and student self-evaluations are required upon completing the practicum experience.

Internship I and II: Second Period of Supervised Clinical Practice
The second component of supervised practical experience is the 600 hour Internship. The internship in Rehabilitation Counseling usually requires 21 hours, or three full days per week over the final two semesters of the program.  The internship provides students with the opportunity to experience the wide range of duties and responsibilities of a rehabilitation counselor, and to participate in all aspects of the delivery of rehabilitation counseling services. Students receive regular supervision from an on-site supervisor, and individual and group supervision by the faculty supervisor and seminar leader. The student’s professional development and growth are closely monitored and evaluated to ensure that the student is acquiring the skills required of an entry level professional rehabilitation counselor position.

Possible Options for Practicum and Internship Placements include:
AdCare Hospital of Worcester
AIDS Project Worcester
Alternatives Unlimited, Inc.
Center for Living and Working, Inc.
Community Healthlink
Department of Mental Health
Department of Children and Families
Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital
Faith House
Genesis Club, Inc.
Henry Lee Willis Community Center, Inc.
Hubbard Regional Hospital - EAP
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
Northborough Family and Youth Services, Inc.
Rape Crisis Center, Inc.
Seven Hills Foundation
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Unum Insurance Company
Worcester Public Schools
Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital
Y.O.U., Inc.

View the 2015 Practicum and Internship Handbook

Rehabilitation Program Portfolio Review and Evaluation
The Portfolio is a comprehensive written documentation of the student’s work over the course of the graduate program, including their reflections regarding their experiences in each course and the program as a whole. Students are responsible to collect all relevant materials related to each course, including the course syllabus, other handout materials, written assignments, projects and papers, etc. It should also include practicum and internship information and documentation including progress notes, and performance evaluations. Student will also complete a reflective journal regarding each course and other noteworthy experiences over the course of the program. Students will present their completed portfolio to faculty during their final semester in the program. The Portfolio is a requirement of the Rehabilitation Counseling graduate program.

FACULTY ADVISORS
Students enrolled in the program are assigned a faculty advisor. Students should consult their advisor about course requirements, selection of electives, and concentration requirements. Students should become familiar with the licensure requirements.

ORAL EXAMS
An oral exam is required for all students in the Master's program. This exam is taken during the student's last semester of study. The objective of the oral exam is for students to demonstrate how they integrate theory, practice, and research related to the training that they have received in the Rehabilitation Counseling program. The oral exam is waived for people who take and pass the CRC exam prior to graduation.

Oral exams carry the grade of pass or fail. If a student does not pass the oral exam, he/she will be given the opportunity to retake the oral exam prior to graduation.