This manual is designed to help students understand the requirements and policies for their required field experiences. Section 1 contains an introduction to field experiences within the counseling masters’ programs at Walden University, Section 2 provides information about securing appropriate field experience sites, Section 3 contains detailed information about the practicum and internship requirements, and Section 4 describes important additional policies related to field experiences.
All students are expected to read this manual in detail and adhere to the policies included within. All students must acknowledge that they have read and understand all the policies in this manual prior to applying for a field experience. This confirmation occurs in the New Student Orientation as well as at pre-practica, and in the field experience application process. Failure to comply with the policies within this manual is considered a violation of Walden University’s Code of Conduct and Student Professional Conduct Policy and may result in formal sanctions, including, but not limited to, award of a failing course grade, Code of Conduct inquiry, and dismissal from the university. See the Walden University Student Handbook for details.
Information about all field experience procedures, including forms and manuals, is published on the School of Counseling Office of Field Experience (SOC-OFE) website. The Field Experience Manual and the SOC-OFE website are designed to work as companions—the Field Experience Manual outlines field experience policies, and the manual provides detailed information about procedures. Students need to be familiar with information provided in both places.
 Walden University’s MS in Addiction Counseling; MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling; MS in School Counseling; and MS Dual Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling will be collectively referred to as the “counseling masters’ programs” throughout this manual.