Department of Counseling Clinical Training Handbook Spring 2021
Leah Brew, Ph.D., Department Chair Joseph Cervantes, Ph.D.
Matt Englar-Carlson, Ph.D.
Olga Mejia, Ph.D.
Eric Price, Ph.D.
Mary M. Read, Ph.D., Clinical Training Director David Shepard, Ph.D.
Rebekah Smart, Ph.D.
Policies and Procedures
Goal of Practicum Field Training in the Master of Science in Counseling Program
The goal of practicum field training is to prepare graduate students to become competent and ethically mature professionals through practical training guided by the integration of classroom instruction and hands-on clinical/counseling work in a variety of settings. These training objectives including the following:
- To enhance the ability to apply theoretical constructs to the practical aspects of training.
- To consolidate a knowledge base of the critical aspects in the practice of marriage and family therapy (LMFT) and professional clinical counseling (LPCC) in the domains of clinical evaluation, crisis management, treatment planning, treatment, human diversity, law, and ethics.
- To become knowledgeable and skilled in working in a wide range of settings with diverse populations.
- To confront current issues and controversies in the field and to provide effective solutions through a process of exploring one’s own theoretical perspective, utilizing/applying the legal and ethical guidelines in the field, and consulting with supervisors and other key participants.
- To become engaged with positive role models in the field who will contribute to each student’s professional identity as a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and/or licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC).
This Clinical Training Handbook
This Clinical Training Handbook is available to all students enrolled in COUN 530 A/B, COUN 584 A/B, COUN 590 A/B and COUN 591 A/B, and the content of the handbook will be discussed in the Practicum Orientation that takes place each Fall and Spring semester before students enroll in the respective practicum courses. This handbook will also be available to practicum supervisors at the various sites where students will complete their training requirements and can be found in the Complete Handbook
The purpose of this handbook is to provide information necessary for students to successfully complete the practicum field training requirements that have been established by the Department of Counseling at California State University, Fullerton, and the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).
The instructions and procedures in this Handbook are based on the laws, regulations, and ethical standards most recently cited by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), the American Counseling Association (ACA), the California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and the California Association for Professional Clinical Counseling (CALPCC). The Chair of the Department of Counseling and the Clinical Training Director are in continual contact with the BBS, CAMFT & CALPCC and students will be updated regarding changes and/or amendments to the current rules and regulations pertaining to the training component of the LMFT/LPCC program.
This Handbook also provides pertinent information regarding the requirements and expectations of the Department of Counseling concerning clinical/counseling training, supervision, and professional development. Both students and practicum supervisors are encouraged to comply with the requirements and procedures which are defined and discussed in this handbook, along with any amendments that are forwarded to students and agencies at a later date.
Any requests for exceptions to the rules, guidelines, and procedures of this Handbook must be made in writing. All such requests must be reviewed by the Counseling Faculty at their next departmental meeting. The Counseling Faculty will notify students, in writing, of their decision within fifteen (15) working days from the date of that departmental meeting.
Table of Contents
- SUMMARY OF BBS LMFT/LPCC LICENSURE REGULATIONS
- ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
- STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- CLINICAL TRAINING SITE SELECTION PROCESS
- CLINICAL TRAINING COURSES
- PRACTICUM GUIDELINES
- PRACTICUM PLACEMENT PROCESS
- CHECKLIST FOR CLINICAL TRAINING SITE PROCESS
- EVALUATION PROCESS
- PROFESSIONAL, ETHICAL, & LEGAL CONDUCT
- UNACCEPTABLE AND/OR UNPROFESSIONAL BEHAVIORS AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES
- PERSONAL PSYCHOTHERAPY
- MALPRACTICE INSURANCE
- SEXUAL HARASSMENT
- DUAL ROLE RELATIONSHIPS