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COCO 725: Internship in Counseling




This course is designed for students to gain additional counseling skills and self-awareness about how their personal qualities, needs, motivations, and values can either facilitate or interfere with effectiveness as a counselor.

All courses except COCO 726, COCO 711, and COUNS 720.

At times, students may disclose personal information through class discussions.  It is expected that the class will respect the privacy of their classmates.  The information disclosed in the class will not be repeated or discussed with other students outside of the course.

1.    Students should develop an awareness of self as a helping professional, including an ability to critically examine your own clinical work, as well as provide appropriate feedback to your peers.
2.    Students should be able to conceptualize client cases, including possible cultural factors, generate theoretically grounded hypotheses, and utilize micro-skills most appropriate for your clients and setting.
3.    Students should demonstrate an awareness of how to assess for and address critical clinical issues, including depression, suicidality, neglect, and abuse.
4.    Students should demonstrate an awareness of the professional and ethical codes of conduct in mental health and an understanding of how the codes relate to themselves and their clients.
5.    Students should demonstrate an awareness of how racial and cultural factors might impact their clients and culturally appropriate clinical interventions for addressing.

The course is taught in a seminar-type format. The course instructor will facilitate discussion among students and each week a different student will present a clinical case from their fieldwork site.

American Counseling Association Code of Ethics:
Ethical Standards for School Counselors:
Code of Professional Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors:
Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct:

Baird, B. N. (2005).  The Internship, Practicum, and Field Placement Handbook: A Guide for the Helping Professions (4th edition). New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.

DeSole, L. M., Nelson, A., & Young, L. L. (2006).  Making Contact: The Therapist’s Guide to Conducting a Successful First Interview. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc.

Students will simultaneously be enrolled in the Internship course at Hunter and engaged in counseling at a fieldwork site for at least twenty hours each week for a total of 300 on site hours per semester. At the fieldwork site students must have at least 120 client hours each semester, that is, on average 8 hours of client sessions per week in addition to other site activities such as supervision, meetings, observation, trainings, case note writing, etc… Students are also required to have at least two tape-recorded two counseling sessions each semester. The site supervisor must provide weekly individual supervision to the student. In addition, the supervisor will complete a written evaluation of the student by the end of the semester. Please refer to the Hunter College field work manual to review domains being evaluated. In addition to graded assignments at the end of the semester the following items must be submitted: supervisor evaluation, student evaluation, log of site hours, log of clinical hours into EDIMS. You will not receive a grade unless these items are completed.

1. Attendance Policy
Students who incur more than two absences could have their grade lowered, could be asked to repeat the course, or could fail the course.  These penalties are at the discretion of the professor. Participation shall count as 25% of the final grade.

2. Class Participation
Active participation is required and is an additional way for the instructor to evaluate students’ learning. Participation includes the following:

(a)  Open discussion within the group regarding theory, content and process of the counseling sessions.
(b) Disclosure of client issues for which you need assistance from the instructor and peers
©  Facilitate the growth and development of self and others by providing and accepting regular constructive feedback.

3. Case Presentation and Transcription
Two transcriptions are required: one in the beginning of the semester and one towards the end of the semester (week 10). Students are required to present a client case and should be prepared with the following: 1) a tape recorder, 2) audio-tape to be handed into the Professor, 3) copies of the transcription for the class (without analysis), 4) 1 copy of the transcript with analysis for the Professor. Students should transcribe a segment of an audio-taped session that is approximately 10 pages in length (including all three parts). 

4. Written Fieldwork Site Report
A short double-spaced typewritten paper which may include mission, philosophy, population, services, assessments provided, issues of confidentiality, and your role in the site.  The report should also include the procedure for handling clinical crises. You may be presenting this information in class.

5. Weekly Journal
Students are expected to write journals that should include the following:
(a)    Feelings, thoughts, and reactions to your sessions/site/supervisor/classmates, including an exploration of why you might have the aforementioned feelings, thoughts, and reactions.
(b)    How your feelings, thoughts, and reactions might influence your counseling style and counseling relationships.
(c)    Other people’s reactions to you and how that might relate to your style and personal characteristics such as racial/ethnic group, gender, social class, etc.
(d)    Questions for supervision.
The journal entries may include discussion of client’s transference phenomenon and how the client dealt with them during the session, as well as discussion of the counselor’s counter-transference phenomenon and how the counselor understood and dealt with them in the session. The instructor will read and may provide feedback about these journals. The ideal journal entry will exhibit self-reflection and indicate that you are continuing to increase your self-awareness. 

6. Written Case Report
Students are required to write a clinical intake report based on a client that they have seen for multiple sessions. The written report will be graded based on :
(a) The completeness of the report (e.g., does it give a thorough picture of the client and client dynamics?)
(b) Writing style and grammar. Your report should be well written.  You should proofread all written work carefully before turning in, and the report should be written in the third person.
(c)  Attention to process (e.g., self-awareness, relationship dynamics)


Grading Evaluation
Class Participation
Journals/Session Notes  15%
Tape and Transcript #1
Tape and Transcript #2
 Case Report
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The grading system used by Hunter College will be used for final grades:


100-97.5% = A+
92.5– 97.4% = A
90 – 92.4% = A-
87.5 – 89.9%
82.5 – 87.4% = B
80.0 – 82.4%
77.5 – 79.9%
70.0 – 77.4% = C
0 – 69.9% =


Week 1 Introduction and Course Overview; Professional Issues: Roles and Affiliations
1b, 1d, 1h, 2h
Week 2 Discussion Connecting Theory & Practice Assignment: reading and journal   
1b, 1h, 2a, 2h, 5a, 5b, 7h, A7, A8, B1, C2d
Week 3 Case Management
Discussion of Ethical and Professional Issues: Crisis intervention; safety; suicide; duty to inform
Assignment: Read ACA Guidelines and prepare questions   
1b, 1h, 2a, 2h, 3c, 5a, 5b, A7, A8, B1, C2d
Week 4 Case Management
Ethical and professional Issues: Case records, issues of privacy, competence and record-keeping
1h, 3c, 2h, 5a, 5b, A7, A8, B1, C2d
Week 5 Case Management
Ethical and Professional Issues: Dual relationships and conflicts of interests
1h, 2h, 3c, 5a, 5b, A7, A8, B1, C2d
Week 6 Case Management
1b, 2h, 3c, 5a, 5b, A7, A8, B1, C2d
Week 7 Case Management
Ethical and Professional Issues: Termination
Assignment: Tape & Transcript #1
1b, 1h, 2a, 3c, 5a, 5b, A7, A8, B1, C2d   
Week 8 Case Management
1b, 1h, 2a, 3c, 5a, 5b, A7, A8, B1, C2d
Week 9 Case Management
1b, 1h, 2a, 3c, 5a, 5b, A7, A8, B1, C2d   
Week 10 Case Management
Assignment: Tape and Transcript #2
1b, 1h, 2a, 3c, 5a, 5b, A7, A8, B1, C2d   
Week 11 Case Management
1b, 3c, 2a, 5a, 5b, A7, A8, B1, C2d   
Week 12 Case Management
1b, 3c, 2a, 5a, 5b, A7, A8, B1, C2d   
Week 13 Case Management
1b, 2a, 3c, 5a, 5b, A7, A8, B1, C2d   
Week 14 Case Management
Assignment: Case Report Due
1b, 2a, 3c, 5a, 5b, A7, A8, B1, C2d   
 Week 15 Termination and Closure of Class  1b, 2a, 3c, 5a, 5b, A7, A8, B1, C2d   

Expectations for Written Proficiency
Students must demonstrate consistently satisfactory written English in coursework. The Hunter College Writing Center provides tutoring to students across the curriculum and at all academic levels. For more information, see In addition, the Teacher Placement Office in the School of Education offers a writing workshop during the semester and a series of free writing classes are offered to students who are in need of additional support in improving their writing skills. In both cases, stop by room I000 West for information and dates of workshops.

Integrity and Plagiarism
Hunter College has subscribed to the online company, allows faculty to compare student papers with extensive databases of billions of documents in order to detect and verify material that has been plagiarized.  In this course, is used to deter students from plagiarizing material.  Please be aware that student papers will be examined from time to time.  Students who plagiarize will be punished. “Hunter College regards acts of academic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism, cheating on examinations, obtaining unfair advantage, and falsification of records and official documents) as serious offenses against the values of intellectual honesty.  The college is committed to enforcing the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity and will pursue cases of academic dishonesty according to the Hunter College Academic Integrity Procedures.”

Statement of Reasonable Accomodation
In compliance with the American Disability Act of 1990 (ADA) and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Hunter College is committed to ensuring educational parity and accommodations for all students with documented disabilities and/or medical conditions. It is recommended that all students with documented disabilities (Emotional, Medical, Physical and/ or Learning) consult the Office of AccessABILITY located in Room E1124 to secure necessary academic accommodations.  For further information and assistance please call (212- 772- 4857)/TTY (212- 650- 3230).


K1.b. professional roles, functions, and relationships with other human service providers;

K1.d. professional organizations, primarily ACA, its divisions, branches, and affiliates, including membership benefits, activities, services to members, and current emphases;

K1.e. professional credentialing, including certification, licensure, and accreditation practices and standards, and the effects of public policy on these issues;

K1.g. advocacy processes needed to address institutional and social barriers that impede access, equity, and success for clients; and

K1.h. ethical standards of ACA and related entities, and applications of ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling.

K2.a. multicultural and pluralistic trends, including characteristics and concerns between and within diverse groups nationally and internationally;

K2.b. attitudes, beliefs, understandings, and acculturative experiences, including specific experiential learning activities;

K2.c. individual, couple, family, group, and community strategies for working with diverse populations and ethnic groups;

K3.c. human behavior, including an understanding of developmental crises, disability, exceptional behavior, addictive behavior, psychopathology, and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior;

K3.d. strategies for facilitating optimum development over the life span; and

K5.a. counselor and consultant characteristics and behaviors that influence helping processes including age, gender, and ethnic differences, verbal and nonverbal behaviors and personal characteristics, orientations, and skills;

K5.b. an understanding of essential interviewing and counseling skills so that the student is able to develop a therapeutic relationship, establish appropriate counseling goals, design intervention strategies, evaluate client outcome, and successfully terminate the counselor-client relationship. Studies will also facilitate student self-awareness so that the counselor-client relationship is therapeutic and the counselor maintains appropriate professional boundaries;

K5.c. counseling theories that provide the student with a consistent model(s) to conceptualize client presentation and select appropriate counseling interventions. Student experiences should include an examination of the historical development of counseling theories, an exploration of affective, behavioral, and cognitive theories, and an opportunity to apply the theoretical material to case studies. Students will also be exposed to models of counseling that are consistent with current professional research and practice in the field so that they can begin to develop a personal model of counseling;

K7.h. an understanding of general principles and methods of case conceptualization, assessment, and/or diagnoses of mental and emotional status; and

K7.i. ethical and legal considerations.

A1.5. knowledge of the school setting, environment, and pre-K-12 curriculum;

C1.d. identification of student academic, career, and personal/social competencies and the implementation of processes and activities to assist students in achieving these competencies;

C2.d. issues that may affect the development and functioning of students (e.g., abuse, violence, eating disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, childhood depression, and suicide)

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