Practicum and Internship

The culminating field experiences of the Counseling Program are the 100- hour Practicum and the 600- hour Internship experiences. Below are overviews of the classes and experiences. More detailed information regarding expectations and hours can be found in the Practicum Handbook and Internship Handbook.

Practicum Overview
- One class over one semester
- 3 credit hours
- 100 hours over the semester

Practicum is designed to give students familiarity with the counseling process and conceptualize cases. Students will be helped to find their own placement for Practicum, and must work under the supervision of a certified school counselor or clinical mental health practitioner.

*Note: For full-time students in the School Counseling track, it is recommended that Practicum be completed in the Spring semester of your first year to allow for completion of Internship I & II beginning the following Fall semester.

Internship Overview
- Two classes (Internship I and II) over two semesters
- 6 credit hours total
- 600 hours over two semesters

Internship is designed to provide the counselor trainee with the opportunity to work directly with clients individually, and in small groups. Students will integrate theoretical knowledge with the realities of practice. It is important that counselor trainees have a broad range of experiences, including clerical tasks which are associated with counseling.

School Counseling students must work in an approved school under the supervision of a certified school counselor. Clinical Mental Health Counseling students are required to work in an approved agency which corresponds to their area of interest. Scheduling is to be developed by the sponsoring agency/school personnel and the counselor trainee with the approval of their professor.


Practicum Requirements

Prior to beginning the Practicum Experience, students are required to have completed the following prerequisite coursework:
CHR 8605 - Laboratory in Counseling Skills
CHR 8687 - Laboratory in Counseling Theory and Practice
CHR 8883 - Ethics and Professional Orientation in Counseling
CHR 8688 - Clinical Mental Health Orientation or
CHR 8680 - School Counseling Orientation 
Students may take CHR 8655 - Laboratory in Group Dynamics concurrently with the practicum experience.

Internship Requirements

To qualify for Internship I, students must have completed Level I and Level II classes and submit an Application for Internship (Form 1), located in the Internship Handbook.


Professional Liability Insurance

The Counseling Department requires all internship students to carry and to provide proof of coverage of professional liability insurance for the period during which they are enrolled in internship. Students may not begin working at a field site without having met this requirement. Coverage should commence August 1st and extend over 12 months.

We recommend insurance through the American Counseling Association (ACA). Students must be a member of ACA before they can qualify for this insurance. Membership dues are reduced for students.

Clearance Requirement Information

Below are the links for the four clearances needed for school counselors to complete all required field experiences. Clinical mental health students should check with their agency to see which clearances are needed. Please apply early as the process can take up to six-weeks to be completed. Your clearances are good for the length of time you are at Villanova and do NOT have to be redone yearly.

Once you get all four clearances back, please make a copy of each and give the copies to Jennifer Carangi, Field Placement Coordinator, in SAC 302. If you have any questions about clearances, contact Mrs. Carangi at

Act 34 PA State Police Background check

Act 151 Child Abuse Clearance

Act 114 FBI fingerprinting

TB Test can be done at the Villanova Health Center or through your family doctor.

Faculty Assistance

Although the major responsibility for internship placement rests with the student, faculty members willingly assist students by writing letters and making telephone calls so as to facilitate a placement in the student's best interest. In the Spring semester, students in the Counseling program should contact the professor in whose section he/she is enrolled to discuss possible sites. After registration, students will be contacted by their Villanova internship supervisor for an internship orientation meeting which will be held the spring before the internships begin.

Students interested in completing their internship in the School District of Philadelphia must contact a faculty member to obtain a copy of the policies and procedures of the School District of Philadelphia. Due to the fact that there is a plethora of clinical mental health agencies and school districts, a practicum/internship site directory is made available to facilitate internship placement for students in the Counseling program. The directory may be obtained from the Department of Education and Human Services office.