Master of Science in Counseling Site Supervisor Resources
The faculty and students of the M.S. in Counseling Program at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) wish to thank you for your willingness to share your time and expertise as a site-supervisor for our students as they engage in their professional experiences in practicum and internship. Your supervisory role is essential in promoting excellence in the Counseling profession, elevating the quality of education we strive to provide our graduate students, and directly impacting the professional development of the interns at your site.
This page provides essential resources to support your role as a site supervisor for UMO Counseling Program graduate students. Should you have any questions regarding your supervisory role, our expectations for students during the professional experience, or any other aspect of our program, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Counseling Program Clinical Coordinator.
In order to meet CACREP accreditation requirements, all supervisors must be fully licensed counseling professionals [LCMHC, LPC, or related field (e.g., LCAS, LCSW, Licensed Clinical or Counseling Psychologist)] with a minimum of two current years of experience, and have received some form of supervision training. If you have not received supervision training, please go to the Supervision Training Modules links below, and take some time to complete this training. Please identify the type of supervision training you received on the Site Supervisor Agreement form.
Expectations for Practicum and Internship Students
In compliance with CACREP Standards, we require practicum students to complete 100 hours (40 direct contact hours) at practicum sites. Interns are required to complete 600 hours (240 direct contact hours) over two semesters. Additionally, students are to experience group facilitation at some point during the practicum/internship experience. Students attend a 1 ½ hour synchronous university group supervision meeting each week in which they will be required to present case conceptualizations, and if possible, share video/audio recordings of counseling sessions. This method allows for the most effective feedback to enhance the learning experience and development of the practicum/internship student. Students must maintain time logs of their experiences at the site. Finally, and most importantly, students are required to receive one-hour of weekly on-site supervision. This supervision takes place continuously throughout the duration of the professional experience.
Guidelines for Supervision of Students in a Professional Setting
The following are key points for on-site supervisors who are working with practicum/internship students. Your cooperation in providing these experiences for the student is appreciated.
- Please allow the student to observe you in your role as a counselor, including your counseling with clients, if possible, prior to the student beginning to provide direct counseling services. This is an ethical and effective teaching method, and if the client’s permission is obtained, the counseling is rarely, if ever impeded.
- Please provide guidance to the student for developing realistic, well-balanced plans to meet the course requirements as closely as possible.
- Please observe the student at regular intervals as they counsel with clients individually or in groups, and perform the various other counselor functions. Please provide feedback and suggestions to the student to improve their professional knowledge and skills.
- Please set aside time to meet weekly with your student to review and critiques videotapes of individual and group counseling session they conducted. Your feedback is highly beneficial.
- Please expect the student to conduct themselves in a highly professional, ethical manner. Should any problems arise regarding professional dispositions or any other aspect of the practicum/internship, discuss the issue with the student as soon as possible. If the issue of concern is not satisfactorily resolved, please seek assistance from the university faculty supervisor as soon as possible so that we may work together to settle the concern.
- Please encourage students to take advantage of professional development activities for counselors of which you are aware, such as the meeting of professional associations, conferences, workshops, and seminars.
- Please be sure that co-workers and clients (and parents if working with minors) are informed that you are supervising a practicum/internship student and are aware that they will be providing counseling and related services under your supervision and that of the university faculty supervisor.
- Your help as a facilitator in providing the student with access to clients, facilities, and materials is essential and greatly appreciated.
The UMO M.S. in Counseling program uses TEVERA, a learning management system (LMS), to collect and maintain practicum/internship students’ documents, time logs, and evaluations. You will be provided with access to TEVERA for the purpose of signing off on students’ time logs, and submitting mid-term and final evaluations. Click here to access the Tevera Instructions for Site Supervisors.