Field PlacementHandbookRehabilitation Counseling ProgramSchool for Global Inclusion and Social DevelopmentUniversity of Massachusetts BostonPracticum and Internship Information(Updated August 2020)

Table of ContentsMission Statement . 4Objectives of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program . 4Rehabilitation Counseling Program Tracks . 6Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Track Description .6Certification/licensure opportunities for clinical track . 6Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Track Description .7Certification/licensure opportunities for vocational track . 7Structure of Practicum/Internship. 7Practicum and Internship Requirements for the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Track .8Practicum and Internship Requirements for the Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Track .9Practicum/Internship Placement at Place of Employment. 11Professionalism and Ethical Behavior . 11Policy for Students Who Do Not Demonstrate Sastisfactory Knowledge, Skills, or ProfessionalBehavior . 12Liability Insurance . 13Background Check and Violations of Law . 13Practicum . 14Internship . 15Questions and Answers About the Practicum and Internship . 17Practicum and Internship Preparations . 18Agreement for Practicum/Internship Placement . 20Shared Responsibilities of the Contracting Parties . 23Practicum Hours Verification Form . 23Practicum Information Form . 25Practicum Agreement Form . 26Informed Consent to Audiotape or Videotape . 29Practicum/Internship Clock Hours . 30Practicum Hours Verification Form . 36Internship Information Form . 37Internship Agreement Form . 38Internship Hours Verification Form . 40Midterm Student Self-Evaluation: Practicum and Internship . 41

Midterm Student Performance Evaluation: Practicum and Internship . 45Final Student Self-Evaluation for Practicum and Internship . 49Final Student Performance Evaluation for Practicum and Internship . 52

Mission StatementThe Rehabilitation Counseling Program at UMass Boston develops professionals who canadvance educational access and economic and social participation for people with disabilities. Thismission is accomplished by helping prepare practitioners, scholars, and leaders to promote inclusion indiverse settings and with varied populations at the local, state, national, and/or international level.Objectives of the Rehabilitation Counseling ProgramThe primary goal of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program is the preparation of professionalrehabilitation counselors in generic skills for employment in state/federal agencies, private nonprofitorganizations, hospitals, private companies, etc. Instruction in generic skills and knowledge inrehabilitation counseling have the following objectives:1. Students will acquire skills in applying theories and techniques of individual, group andfamily counseling.2. Students will acquire knowledge of the theoretical basis of behavior, including humangrowth and development.3. Students will acquire knowledge of environmental and attitudinal barriers that people withdisabilities face and the influence of multicultural differences and gender on people with disabilities.4. Students will acquire knowledge and skills of case management, including how to identifyand use community resources.5. Students will acquire knowledge of independent living services.6. Students will acquire knowledge of the history and philosophy of rehabilitation, and acquirean understanding of the legislation affecting people with disabilities, including the Americans withDisabilities Act.7. Students will acquire an understanding of the organizational structure of the United Statesvocational rehabilitation system.8. Students will develop an understanding of the legal and ethical standards for the practice ofrehabilitation counseling.9. Students will acquire an understanding of how current and past societal events can impactthe rehabilitation process and people with disabilities.10. Students will acquire knowledge of career development theories as they apply to peoplewith disabilities.11. Students will develop an understanding of labor market trends and occupationalinformation.

12. Students will acquire knowledge of the medical aspects of various disabilities, includingfunctional assessments and appropriateness of various interventions.13. Students will acquire knowledge of the psychosocial aspects of disabilities, including theeffects on the person with the disability, their family, and their social network.14. Students will develop skills in evaluation approaches, including techniques andinterpretation of results. Additionally, students will acquire skills in vocational evaluation.15. Students will acquire knowledge of job analysis, job modification, and job restructuring.16. Students will acquire skills of job development, job placement, and follow-up or followalong services.17. Students will acquire knowledge of supported employment practices.18. Students will acquire knowledge of rehabilitation research literature and methods ofanalyzing research quality in professional journals.19. Students will acquire knowledge of statistical methods and types of research analyses.20. Students will acquire knowledge of research designs, including survey methods and needsassessment approaches.21. Students will acquire knowledge of issues and practices of transitions from school to work.22. Students will acquire knowledge of state and federal entitlements for people withdisabilities.

Rehabilitation Counseling Program TracksOnce admitted to the Rehabilitation Counseling program, all students must choose to pursue EITHER theClinical Rehabilitation Counseling track OR the Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling track. See trackdescriptions below.You must decide which track you are pursuing once admitted into the program. The relevant statelicensing board in your state has the final decision about licensing, and our program cannot guaranteelicensure. The relevant board has the right to require additional classes or to deny licensure.Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Track DescriptionThe Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling track prepares students to work with people with mental healthdisabilities, as well as other disabilities. The track is fully accredited as a clinical rehabilitation counselingand mental health counseling program through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and RelatedEducational Programs (CACREP).This track focuses on evidence-based interventions for people with mental health disabilities, includingpsychiatric rehabilitation principles and practices, motivational interviewing, and the IndividualPlacement and Support (IPS) model, to facilitate employment. Graduates from the Clinical RehabilitationCounseling track will be prepared to work in mental health services and other rehabilitation services.They can also then pursue counseling careers in designated federal programs that require students tograduate from a CACREP-accredited clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling program, suchas Veterans Affairs and TRICARE.The clinical track provides the opportunity for students to select one elective class as part of theirindividualized plan of study.Certification/licensure opportunities for clinical track1. Students who complete the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling track will be academically preparedto sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam. This national certification isimportant for maintaining a professional identity as a rehabilitation counselor.2. After completing post-master’s supervision requirements, students who graduate from theClinical Rehabilitation Counseling track will be able to sit for the National Certified Counselor(NCE) and National Certified Mental Health Counselor exam.3. Licensure is a state issue and each state has its own regulations. Students in states other thanMassachusetts must check with their state's licensing board to verify that our program meetstheir state’s requirements for licensure.4. The plan of study for students in the clinical track is aligned with the educational requirements tobecome a Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor (LRC) in MA after meeting BOTH pre- and postmaster’s requirements.5. The plan of study for students in the clinical track also is aligned with the educationalrequirements to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in MA. Students must also meetthe MA licensing regulation standards regarding practicum and internship and must meet BOTHthe pre- and post-master’s requirements.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Track DescriptionThe Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling track prepares students to work in the federal/state vocationalrehabilitation system and in community rehabilitation programs. This track offers more flexibility thanthe clinical track in terms of class options and electives. The track is fully accredited as a RehabilitationCounseling Program through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Programs (CACREP).The vocational track provides the opportunity for students to select four elective classes. The selectionof elective classes should be discussed and approved by the students’ faculty advisor. Class selectionshould be coherent with the student’s career goals. Some of the key elective focus areas students canchoose from are transition of youth from school to work, substance abuse in professional practice, sexand sexuality in counseling practice, public policy, gerontology, human rights, and internationaldevelopment, to name a few.Certification/licensure opportunities for vocational track1. Students who graduate from the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling track will be able to sit for theCertified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam. This certification is important for maintaining aprofessional identity as a rehabilitation counselor.2. After completing post-master’s supervision requirements, students who graduate from theClinical Rehabilitation Counseling track will be able to sit for the National Certified Counselor(NCE) exam.3. Students in the vocational track have met the educational requirements to become a LicensedRehabilitation Counselor (LRC) in MA or another state offering licensure for rehabilitationcounselors, based on meeting all requirements for licensure in that state and after meetingpost-master’s requirements. Licensing is a state issue and each state has its own regulations.Students in other states must check with their state’s licensing board to verify that ourprogram meets their state’s requirements for licensure.Structure of Practicum/InternshipStudents complete the practicum/internship cycle during the last year of their program. Each student willbe expected to be involved in three total field placement courses. There will be one practicumexperience worth 3 credits total, and two internships of 4 credits each (8 total credits). The practicum isonly offered in the summer, and the subsequent internships are offered in the fall and spring.Students pursuing either track within the program are required to complete: A total of 100 clock hours of practicum, completed in the summer semester.A total of 600 clock hours of internship, completed over 2 semesters, in the Fall and Springsemesters. It is anticipated that during the internship the student will manage a small caseload oftheir own under the supervision of the designated site supervisor.In conjunction with each practicum/internship, students participate in a practicum seminar of 1.5 hoursper week and an internship seminar of 2 hours under the supervision of a faculty member who is aCertified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and/or a Licensed Mental Health Counselor/Licensed ProfessionalCounselor (LMHC/LPC). In addition, students receive a minimum of one hour supervision per week froman on-site supervisor.

Practicum and Internship Requirements for the Clinical RehabilitationCounseling Track1. The practicum MUST be undertaken before the internship.2. The onsite supervisor must meet the following criteria: A practitioner with three years of fulltime or the equivalent part-time post-licensure clinical mental health counseling experiencewho is also: (a) a Massachusetts Licensed Mental Health Counselor; (b) a Massachusetts licensedindependent clinical social worker; (c) a Massachusetts licensed marriage and family therapist;(d) a Massachusetts licensed psychologist with Health Services Provider Certification; (e) aMassachusetts licensed physician with a sub-specialization in psychiatry; (f) a Massachusettslicensed nurse practitioner with a sub-specialization in psychiatry; or (g) where practice andsupervision occur outside of the Commonwealth, an individual who is an independently licensedmental health practitioner with a license or registration equivalent to one listed under 262 CMR2.02.3. It is the student’s responsibility to document the licensure status of their on-site supervisor. It isnot uncommon for supervisor licenses to expire and in those cases the supervision becomesinvalid.4. Site selection: Students must identify a placement site that has integrated programs for thedelivery of clinical Mental Health Counseling and has established provisions for appropriatesupervision. A Clinical Field Experience Site does not include individual private practice or groupprivate practice. The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission is unlikely to meet thisrequirement as a placement site.5. Qualifying experience must be at a site that delivers a comprehensive group of diagnostic andpsychotherapeutic treatment services to individuals and/or families with mental health issues byan interdisciplinary team.A clinical rehabilitation counseling placement must meet the following criteria: It meets all ethical, legal, HIPAA, and clinical standards of practice.It has an organizational structure, with staffing positions, usually including a clinical director andat least one licensed supervisor.Clients have a documented treatment plan.Its record-keeping is routine and overseen.Requests for records are managed according to written policy consistent with HIPAA etc. andoverseen by the licensed supervisor. This supervisor has clinical responsibility for clients andadequate time to ensure clinical success.A mental health center must have services available to treat a wide range of mental health andemotional disorders, and it must provide comprehensive diagnostic assessments for a wide range ofproblems, or the ability to make appropriate referrals when necessary.

Staff Composition Requirements:The mental health center must have a balanced interdisciplinary staffing plan should include three ormore core professional staff members who are independently licensed as one of the following: MedicalDoctor, Psychiatrist, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse, Licensed Psychologist,Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Mental Health Counselor.6. The practicum consists of a 100-hour mental health counseling placement. The mental healthcounseling scope of practice includes, but is not limited to, assessment, diagnosis andtreatment, counseling and psychotherapy (of a nonmedical nature) of mental and emotionaldisorders, psychoeducational techniques aimed at prevention of such disorders, andconsultation to individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Suchexperience does not include vocational guidance services, academic school guidance counseling,industrial or organizational consulting services, teaching, or conducting research. The unit ofmeasurement is direct client contact experience of at least 45 minutes, which may be composedof segments of at least 15 consecutive minutes.7. The practicum experience of 100 hours must include a minimum of 40 direct client contacthours (including telehealth), as well as 25 contact hours of supervision, of which a minimum of10 supervisory hours must be individual supervision, a minimum of 5 supervisory hours must begroup supervision (such as provided during practicum class time), and the remaining supervisorycontact hours may be individual or group supervision.8. The internship is 600 hours and must include 240 contact hours of direct client (or telehealth)contact experience in clinical field experience sites conforming to the mental health counselingscope of practice. The internship also must include 45 supervisory contact hours of supervision,of which a minimum of 15 hours must be individual supervision; a minimum of 15 hours must begroup supervision, with no more than 10 supervisees in a group (this typically includes classattendance); and the remaining 15 hours may be either individual or group supervision.It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their practicum and internship sites meet their staterequirements if they are seeking licensure. Students from Massachusetts are strongly advised to visit theMassachusetts state website for more information on licensure l-boards/mh/) and to download and review the application th-counselor-application-guide/download).9. Students are reminded that there are a number of post-master’s requirements for licensure (seedirect links above for more information), and it is important that they become familiar with these.Practicum and Internship Requirements for the Vocational RehabilitationCounseling Track1. The practicum should be undertaken before the internship.

2. The onsite vocational rehabilitation counseling supervisor must meet the following criteria: (a) arehabilitation counselor currently certified as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor by theCommission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification; (b) a currently licensed rehabilitationcounselor, or an individual who meets the qualifications for licensure as a rehabilitationcounselor by the MA Board Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human ServicesProfessions, or (c) a person who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience inrehabilitation counseling and either a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling or a relatedfield, a doctorate in psychology, or a medical degree with a subspecialization in psychiatry.The scope of practice for vocational rehabilitation includes but is not limited to: Providing individual and group counseling to help clients adjust to their disability.Evaluating clients’ abilities, interests, experiences, skills, health, and education.Developing a treatment plan for clients, in consultation with other professionals, such asdoctors, therapists, and psychologists.Arranging for clients to obtain services, such as medical care or career training.Helping employers understand the needs and abilities of people with disabilities, as well as lawsand resources that affect people with disabilities.Helping clients develop their strengths and adjust to their limitations.Locating resources, such as wheelchairs or computer software, that help clients live and workmore independently.Maintaining client records and monitor clients’ progress, adjusting the rehabilitation ortreatment plan as necessary.Advocating for the rights of people with disabilities to live in a community and work in the job oftheir choice.Criteria for an agency to provide a vocational rehabilitation counseling internship Clients should be part of a rehabilitation process and should have written goals.Services should be oriented towards the client s’ goals.Ideally, at least 20% of the clients should be seeking employment. Alternatively, 120 hours of theinternship may be undertaken in an organization that supports people with disabilities to obtainand maintain employment.Vocational rehabilitation counseling students complete supervised counseling practicumexperiences that total a minimum of 100 clock hours over a full academic term that is aminimum of 10 weeks. Practicum students complete at least 40 clock hours of direct service (ortelehealth) with actual clients, which contributes to the development of counseling skills.Practicum students have weekly interaction with supervisors that averages one hour per weekof individual and/or triadic supervision throughout the practicum by (1) a counselor educationprogram faculty member, (2) a student supervisor who is under the supervision of a counseloreducation program faculty member, or (3) a site supervisor who is working in consultation on aregular schedule with a counselor education program faculty member in accordance with thesupervision agreement. Practicum students participate in an average of 1½ hours per week ofgroup supervision on a regular schedule throughout the practicum (this requirement is metthrough class attendance).

Vocational rehabilitation counseling students, after the practicum, complete 600 clock hours of asupervised counseling internship in roles that are consistent with the scope of work of arehabilitation counselor outlined above. Internship students complete at least 240 clock hoursof direct service (or telehealth). Internship students have weekly interaction with supervisorsthat averages one hour per week of individual and/or triadic supervision throughout theinternship, provided by (1) the site supervisor, (2) counselor education program faculty, or (3) astudent supervisor who is under the supervision of a counselor education program facultymember. Internship students participate in an average of 2 hours per week of group supervisionon a regular schedule throughout the internship (this is typically provided in the class setting). For the CRC, the 600 internship hours can be verified by the student’s advisor or internship classinstructor.Practicum/Internship Placement at Place of EmploymentThe practicum and/or internship requirements may be met through paid full-time or part-timeemployment as long as: (1) the specific learning objectives advance learning beyond the current jobexpectations and are defined in coordination with the university supervisor, (2) the specific hoursthat count toward the practicum and/or internships are documented, (3) all program requirementsand assignments can be met through the placement, (4) the role defined is clearly related to a clinicalor vocational counselor–intern, and (5) the supervisor for the internship, if possible, is different fromthe supervisor for the paid position.To emphasize, the primary role within the internship setting must be as a clinical or vocationalcounselor intern. In addition, the student still is required to enroll in the appropriate seminar classesand participate fully in all class requirements.Professionalism and Ethical BehaviorStudents must be aware at all times that they have a legal and ethical responsibility to both the placementinstitution/agency and its clients. Ethical concerns and/or problem situations should be presented toboth the placement institution and the university supervisors.Academic performance is only one indicator of success for UMass Boston graduate students. Studentsare expected to demonstrate professional behavior, to accept responsibility for their actions, and toexpect the same from their peers. Professional behavior is expected across environments, whetherthe student is engaged in clinical practice, classroom instruction, peer or faculty interaction, orresearch.For example, in the classroom, students demonstrate respect to faculty and classmates by arriving ontime, coming to class prepared to learn, and listening attentively to lectures and class discussions.Assignments are prepared professionally and turned in on time. In-class activities are completedwith care and efficiency. Students take responsibility for their own learning by asking questions andby clarifying instructions as needed. Correspondence (written and electronic) and telephonecommunications should be conducted in a professional manner, whether you are making an informalcall to your faculty advisor or a formal call to arrange an interview at a prospective internship site.

Also, keep in mind that your choice of email address and your outgoing voicemail message giveinformation about you to faculty, internship supervisors, and potential employers. When you completeyour program you may be requesting a reference from faculty and relevant others who will be takingall of the above factors into account.Students are expected to become familiar with and to be held accountable for all rules, requirements, andregulations of the school system, program, or institution to which they are assigned. At internshipsites, students demonstrate respect for all personnel by arriving on time, being prepared to work, andcompleting their responsibilities in a timely manner. At all times, language used to discuss clientsshould show respect, and should adhere to a “person-first” format (e.g., “a person with adisability,” not “a disabled person”). Students are expected to be knowledgeable of and comply withthe specified rules of all academic and clinical experiences.Policy for Students Who Do Not Demonstrate Sastisfactory Knowledge, Skills, orProfessional BehaviorThe procedure for unsatisfactory academic performance is outlined in the Graduate Studies Catalog( 31&navoid 3825). If the student’s cumulative GPA fallsbelow 3.0, the student will receive a written notice from the graduate school regarding unsatisfactoryacademic progress. Those on probation for two continuous semesters may be dismissed.Unethical or illegal behavior can result in the student being dismissed from the program. The Code ofProfessional Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors can be downloaded s Resources/CRCC Code Eff 20170101.pdfIt is the student’s responsibility to be knowledgeable about the code of ethics and to behave in anethical manner.Students are evaluated on both academic performance and demonstration of professional behavior. If theunprofessional behavior occurs during the practicum or internship, the following procedure will beapplied:In most instances, unsatisfactory or unprofessional behavior or performance will be identifiedduring the review process. The student will receive support and guidance from both the sitesupervisor and the university supervisor about the behavior/work performance and will be given theopportunity to demonstrate more acceptable professional behavior.A summary of the issue, the support and guidance, and the subsequent agreement made betweenthe student and the supervisors will be placed in the student’s file and discussed with theRehabilitation Counseling Graduate Program Director. A copy of this summary will be provided to thestudent by email. If the information about unsatisfactory behavior comes to light at the end of thepracticum/internship, the student will, after counseling with the university and site supervisor, be giventhe option of undertaking additional practicum/internship hours to demonstrate more appropriatebehavior.If the student’s behavior or performance has not improved sufficiently, or regresses after improvement,the student will fail the practicum or internship course and may be dismissed from the program.

If the student is terminated from the practicum or internship site for ethical misconduct, the studentwill receive an F grade by the faculty supervisor unless good cause is shown for withholding the Fgrade. In additio

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