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Timing and Requirements: MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Pre-Practicum Timing

 

Residency Required or Optional Timing

Pre-Practicum 1

(CPLB 601L)

Required online and

integrated synchronous

experience

Complete Pre-Practicum 1 after you have completed COUN 6316 and COUN 6722; required in order to advance into term 5 (COUN 6720 and COUN 6250).

  • The pre-practicum includes online course content integrated with a 4-day, synchronous residential requirement.
    • 3 weeks online
    • 4 days face-to-face or virtual synchronous sessions
    • 2 weeks online

Focus: Skill development as a scholar-practitioner, expand your network of peers and faculty members, develop professional skills and identity, begin to apply the core skills and techniques introduced in the Techniques course, and begin to develop the multicultural competencies needed for counseling.

Pre-Practicum 2

(CPLB 602L)

Required online and

integrated synchronous experience

Complete Pre-Practicum 2 after you have completed COUN 6720 and COUN 6250; required in order to advance into term 8 (COUN 6730 and COUN 6743).

  • The pre-practicum includes online course content integrated with a 4-day, synchronous residential requirement.
    • 3 weeks online
    • 4 days face-to-face or virtual synchronous sessions
    • 2 weeks online

Focus: Further develop core skills from Pre-Practicum 1, integrate advanced skills in your development as a scholar-practitioner, expand your network of peers and faculty members, further develop your professional skills and identity, begin to develop group leadership skills, integrate counseling theory, and continue to demonstrate cultural competency skills, develop your upcoming field experience plan, and continue credentialing skills activities.

View the MS CMHC Pre-Practicum Calendar

Email Academic Advising if you have questions.

International Students: View the SEVIS/I-20 site for complete information about the requirement for travel to pre-practicum experiences in the U.S. Be sure to complete your I-20 paperwork 3-4 months before the pre-practicum lab start date in order to allow sufficient time to complete the required processes and approvals for you to be able to travel and attend.

Pre-Practicum Registration Timing

You may submit a request to register for the pre-practicum labs taking place through December 2021.

SUBMIT THIS REGISTRATION REQUEST FORM ONLY ONCE!
 

IMPORTANT:

  • Seating is limited in each term and eligible students are registered in order based on the date requested.
  • Registration is NOT guaranteed if:
    • Seating fills to capacity prior to the registration deadline below.
    • You submit a request to register after the registration deadline below.

Submit Your Request to Register NO LATER Than

Expect to be Registered for Pre-Practicum (as long as seating is available)

Expect to Receive Your Event Information Email

February 4 Between January 7 and February 5 Approximately 5-7 days after your skills lab course appears in your myWalden portal. Click HERE for the steps to confirm your registration.
April 23

Between April 1 and April 24

Approximately 5-7 days after your skills lab course appears in your myWalden portal. Click HERE for the steps to confirm your registration.

August 9

Between July 8 and August 10 Approximately 5-7 days after your skills lab course appears in your myWalden portal. Click HERE for the steps to confirm your registration.
November 11
Between October 14 and November 12 Approximately 5-7 days after your skills lab course appears in your myWalden portal. Click HERE for the steps to confirm your registration.

MS CMHC Pre-Practicum Learning Outcomes

The following are key learning outcomes you will be expected to achieve as part of your pre-practicum experiences at each level:

Pre-Practicum 1 Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply core counseling skills and techniques.
  2. Demonstrate contextually-appropriate professional dispositions.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of professional identity as a counselor.
  4. Apply credentialing skills.

Pre-Practicum 2 Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply core counseling skills and advanced counseling techniques.
  2. Demonstrate contextually-appropriate professional dispositions.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of professional identity as a counselor.
  4. Demonstrate group leadership skills.
  5. Apply credentialing skills.
  6. Develop a field experience plan.