Field and Clinical Experiences
The Mental Health Counseling curriculum includes two fieldwork experiences: the Practicum, which is a one semester course and requires the student to spend 8 hours per week (total = a minimum of 100 hours) in a mental health setting, and the Internship, which is a two semester course and requires the student to spend at least 20 hours a week (a minimum of 300 hours each semester) in a different mental health setting. For both the practicum and internship, the student attends a weekly seminar at Hunter College which is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to present client cases, receive feedback, and participate in group supervision. During the practicum, the student receives one hour of weekly individual supervision from a faculty member. The fieldwork experiences are designed to provide mental health counseling students with an opportunity to develop and practice their counseling skills within a mental health setting under the supervision of college faculty and a mental health professional. Students have the opportunity to engage in counseling activities which allow them to develop their identities and gain confidence as professionals in the field of mental health counseling. Such skills and activities include individual and group counseling, mental health assessment and evaluation, consultation, crisis management, and documentation and reporting. In addition, the hours and course requirements meet the criteria for licensure as a mental health counselor in New York State.