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

Home-Based Counseling

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

  • The Walden-approved site/clinical 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/clinical 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/clinical 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/clinical 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: In-home counseling can account for no more than 20 of the 40 direct counseling hours required for practicum.