Experiential Learning

 

At UW-Whitewater, laboratory or experiential learning begins early in the student's program, is further developed during the on-campus practicum, and culminates in internship. By observing counseling activities, interacting with clients in appropriate settings, and consulting with supervisors, students get real-world counseling experience and develop their personal counseling styles.

 

Practicum

 

Prior to internship, students complete a one-semester practicum. Practicum students staff the Winther Counseling Lab. They provide individual, group, partners, or family counseling services to students and other community members. Students commit 100 hours to the experience, including at least 40 hours of direct service (30 hours of individual counseling and 10 hours of group counseling) and 60 hours of indirect service. In addition to the experential learning, students participate in individual and group supervision each week to develop and refine their counseling skills. Counseling sessions are recorded for supervision purposes.

Students must complete a TB test and submit a criminal background check before beginning practicum.

 

EMS

The recent acquisition of Education Management Solutions' (EMS) Total Counseling application provides students a unique opportunity to use comprehensive, state-of-the art recording and case management technologies. Students use the EMS system during clinical coursework, most specifically during the practicum semester when supervised counselors-in-training provide counseling to persons on the campus and in the community. Students are introduced to the EMS technologies early in the program (during Principles of Counseling and Group Counseling), and the technology will be invaluable to learning in the Practicum semester. The UWW Counselor Education Program is one of few in the country using this exceptional and comprehensive system.

 

Objectives

  1. A tentative articulation of a theoretical orientation.
  2. The practice of various counseling approaches.
  3. The development of a case conceptualization and treatment plan.
  4. The development of a theoretically congruent set of intervention strategies.
  5. Experience leading to a greater confidence as a counselor.
  6. Experience with various clientele demographics.
  7. Greater awareness of personal counseling strengths and challenges.
  8. Awareness of ethical dilemmas, obtaining consultation and developing a process of working through ethical dilemmas.
  9. Increase self-awareness of values, biases, attitudes, and belief systems when working with clients from different backgrounds and addressing these in supervision.
  10. Students establish and maintain ethical and effective working relationships with staff and clients.

 

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Internship

 

Internship is an opportunity for students to apply content and skills in field counseling settings and is an academic year-long (fall and spring) experience. Counselor education faculty members place students in settings that are compatible with students' experiences, competencies, and career goals.

During internship, students spend 20 hours per week in their field setting for 30 weeks. The minimum time commitment is 600 hours, including at least 240 hours working directly with clients in individual and small group settings. Note that hour requirements can differ depending on the student's emphasis and electives.

Students experience two types of supervision during internship. Counselor education faculty members serve as on-campus supervisors. They lead required weekly on-campus seminars and make periodic visits to the internship setting. Field supervisors perform significant educational and supervisory functions on site. Like in practicum, counseling sessions are recorded for supervisory purposes.

For the most recent version of the 2015-2016 intern calendar, click here.

 

Objectives

Although specific objectives vary among settings, the primary objectives of the Supervised Internship in Counseling are:

  1. Students know and understand the services or programs provided to clients.
  2. Students know and understand the counseling needs of the client population.
  3. Students design, develop, and implement appropriate services or programs.
  4. Students establish and maintain ethical and effective working relationships with staff and clients.
  5. Students implement effective individual and small group counseling strategies and processes.
  6. Students effectively utilize counseling tools or resources such as information systems, appraisal data and referral sources.
  7. Students consult with persons in the setting, community or client's immediate environment.
  8. Students implement research strategies to assess programs or services.
  9. Students identify their professional competencies and plan appropriate educational or career goals.
  10. Increase self-awareness of values, biases, attitudes, and belief systems when working with clients from different backgrounds and addressing these in supervision.

 

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Location: Winther Hall 6035
Phone: 262-472-5426
Fax: 262-472-2841
Email: counslred@uww.edu

 

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