Field and Clinical Experiences
The Rehabilitation 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 rehabilitation agency, 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 rehabilitation agency. 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 rehabilitation counseling students with an opportunity to develop and practice counseling skills within a work setting under the supervision of college faculty and agency personnel (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor).
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 rehabilitation counseling. Such skills and activities include individual and group counseling, assessment (including test administration and scoring), vocational evaluation and placement, intake and referral, documentation, and networking with outside agencies. In addition, the hours and course requirements meet the criteria for National certification in rehabilitation counseling.