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Extended Practicum

This course is designed for students who wish to continue a relationship with a practicum site as a student at Amberton University. The course is an extension of the Practicum II for MA Professional Counseling students and Practicum III for MA Marriage and Family Therapy students. This course can only be taken upon successful completion of Practicum II or Practicum III. This course will enable students to maintain a relationship with their practicum site and allow them to continue to work and gain additional experience under supervision. After completing requirements for the MA Professional Counseling or MA Marriage and Family Therapy degrees students may enroll in the course and continue to accrue hours toward their 3000-hour supervised internship. The board of professional counseling allows a student to accrue up to 400-hours toward his or her internship after they have completed the 300-hour practicum requirement. Students enrolled in the MA Marriage and Family Therapy program may also enroll in the course after successfully completing Practicum III. The course offers the student additional field experience in counseling. Students are expected to complete within this course a minimum of 150-hours of ongoing supervised counseling experience. Participation in continuing education, staff meetings, case presentations, and case observations is expected. Prerequisites: CSL6845 (for MA Professional Counseling) or CSL6850 (for MA Marriage and Family Therapy)

PREREQUISITES: CSL6845 (for MA Professional Counseling) or CSL6850 (for MA Marriage and Family Therapy) 


  • Developing a comprehensive conceptual framework that describes the nature of the counseling process.
  • Demonstrating consistency in the application of the conceptual framework.
  • Demonstrating skill in building the counselor-client relationship.
  • Identifying relevant treatment goals for clients within family systems.
  • Applying appropriate counseling techniques in mental health settings.
  • Evaluating progress of the client with regard to the stated treatment goals.
  • Adopting professional responsibility in establishing networking relationships.
  • Preparing treatment plans that are appropriate to the setting.
  • Addressing personal goals with regard to the practicum experience.
  • Understanding the ethical, legal, and professional standards of the counseling profession.
  • Identifying and evaluating specialty areas within the career of counseling.
  • Selecting and utilizing contemporary appraisal techniques most commonly used in the counseling profession.
  • Defining consultation and supervision as related to the counseling profession.
  • Understanding the referral/advocacy/triage processes related to the counseling profession.
  • Identifying and applying crisis intervention techniques in a counseling situation.
  • Examining the differences between crisis intervention and psychotherapy.
  • Incorporating 150 hours of field experience in a manner that maximizes learning.
  • Applying the major theories and methods of individual, group, and family counseling to specific counseling situations.
  • Demonstrating competence and compassion with clients from different cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
  •  Applying the knowledge and skills gained in Practicum I (CSL6840), Practicum II (CSL6845), and Practicum III (CSL6850) to specific counseling situations.


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