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SOC-OFE Masters Students - Field Experience Manual: Home-Based Counseling

Home-Based Counseling

Internship students are permitted to provide counseling services to clients in their homes if all of the following requirements are met:

  • The Walden-approved site supervisor or site-approved designee will accompany the student anytime a student is in the home of a client. Students are not allowed to enter the home or provide home-based services without the Walden-approved site supervisor or site-approved designee.
  • Services are provided in a home with no known history of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, or active substance abuse, and/or where a member of the household has a felony record for a violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault). 
  • The site supervisor or designee assesses each home for safety by identifying an appropriate space for sessions, and establishes ground rules with clients or, in the case of minor clients, guardians prior to the students going into the home.
  • The site supervisor ensures the student is provided with safety training and the crisis protocol of the site.
  • The student satisfactorily completes the Walden Home-Based and Community-Based Safety Training prior to beginning the field experience.
Important note: At least 120 of the 240 direct hours required for internship must be accrued on-site (i.e., not in clients’ homes).