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SOC-OFE Frequently Asked Questions: Counseling Work Samples

Why do I need to complete a Counseling Work Sample?

Counseling Work Samples are required to re-evaluate skill readiness for students who have not satisfactorily completed a practice experience (Residency/Pre-Practicum or Field Experience course) within the program of study in 2 years or longer. The Work Sample allows Walden faculty to evaluate the student's counseling skills to ensure that the student is prepared for a successful field experience.

What needs to be included in my Counseling Work Sample submission?

Your Counseling Work Sample submission will include each of the following items:

  1. Original video of a mock session that shows both you and your adult mock-client(s) in the video frame
  2. Video Transcript
  3. DAP Note
  4. Informed Consent and Client Feedback form – signed/completed by the participant

 

See Counseling Work Samples for more detailed information and instructions.

When will I receive my Counseling Work Sample results?

Students typically receive feedback regarding their Counseling Work Samples about 2 weeks after the complete submission of the work sample.

What if I do not pass my Counseling Work Sample?

If your Counseling Work Sample is not satisfactory, you will participate in coaching sessions with the Skills Development Team. After 3-5 coaching sessions, you will be reassessed for readiness for field experience. If you are not ready, the Skills Development Team will work with you to complete a skills plan to support the development of the skills needed to move forward in your work with clients.

What format does my video need to be in?

  • MP4 (.mp4)
  • QuickTime movie (.mov)
  • Apple Video (.m4v)

My video is taking a long time to upload. What should I do?

The upload speed of your video is dependent on the length of the video and your internet connection. It may be faster to break the video into multiple parts. Please see instructions below for reducing the size of your video on a Mac and on a PC:

Although it is possible to upload a video file that is as large as 2GB, it will take a long time to upload and is more likely to fail during the process. You can try using one of the methods below to reduce the file’s size. Another option is to record videos in shorter segments.

On a PC:

Handbrake

If your original video is in a format not supported by Windows Movie Maker, you may download Handbrake - http://handbrake.fr/. Handbrake can process most common file formats.

After installing Handbrake, open it up from your Programs menu.

  1. Click on the Source button and choose “Video File”.
  2. Browse your computer for the video and click Open.
  3. In the Destination section, click on the Browse button and select the folder that you would like the final output saved and enter a file name (different from the original file name so that the original does not get overwritten. Then click Save.
  4. In the right panel under Presets, select “Normal”.
  5. Under Size, for the Anamorphic option, choose None.
  6. Ensure that “Keep Aspect Ratio” is checked. Change the height to approximately 240. The width will change accordingly.
  7. Switch to the Video tab
  8. Change the Frame rate (FPS) to “24”.
  9. Under “Quality” change the Avg Bitrate to 150 and check off “2-Pass Encoding”.
  10. Click the Start button. Your video will then be re-encoded with the new settings.
  11. On your computer, browse to where you saved the final output to ensure the video plays without issue.

Segmenting a Long Video Using Handbrake

  1. Click on the Source button and choose “Video File”.
  2. Browse your computer for the video and click Open.
  3. In the Destination section, click on the Browse button and select the folder that you would like the final output saved and enter a file name. Then click Save.
  4. In the right panel under Presets, select “Normal”.
  5. From the drop-down where you see “Chapters”, select “Seconds” instead.
  6. In the fields to the right, you may change the number of seconds in order to create a new video file that will only contain that time range.
  7. Click the Start button to begin the process.
  8. On your computer, browse to where you saved the final output to ensure the video plays without issue.
  9. Repeat for every segment you need to create. This is highly recommended for long videos.

 

Windows Live Movie Maker

Install Windows Live Movie Maker, which can be downloaded at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-live/movie-maker-get-started.

The following file types may be edited in Windows Movie Maker:

  • Video files: .asf, .avi, .wmv
  • Movie files: MPEG1, .mpeg, .mpg, .m1v, .mp2
  • Audio files: .wav, .snd, .au, .aif, .aifc, .aiff
  • Windows Media files: .asf, .wm, .wma, .wmv
  • Still images: .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .jpe, .jfif, .gif
  • MP3 format audio: .mp3

The installation may take up to 30 minutes, depending on your Internet speed.

  1. In your Start menu, search for and open Windows Live Movie Maker.
  2. Under Home, select Add Videos. It may take a few minutes to import and configure the video for this program.
  3. Under Home, click on the Save Movie option and select Create Custom Setting.
  4. In the Setting drop-down menu, choose “For computer”.
  5. Change the bit rate to 200.
  6. Change the frame rate to 24.
  7. Click the Save button.
  8. You will then be prompted to save that custom profile to your computer. You can just click Save.
  9. Click on the down icon to the left of the Home menu.
  10. Select Save Movie and then select For Computer.
  11. In the Save Movie box, browse to where you want the movie saved and enter a file name for your new movie. Do not save over top of the original version. Click Save.
  12. This will save the file to your computer. It can take several minutes. The new file should be significantly smaller than the original and will likely be in an .mp4 format.

 

On a Mac

Install MPEG Streamclip, which can be downloaded at http://www.squared5.com/.

  1. Open MPEG Streamclip.
  2. Click File and select Open Files.
  3. Locate your video file and click Open.
  4. Click File and then Export to MPEG–4.
  5. A new window will open. Check the Limit Data Rate box.
  6. In the empty box next to the Limit Data Rate box, type 400.
  7. In the drop-down menu, select Kbps.
  8. Click the Make MP4 button in the bottom right hand corner.
  9. Name your file in the Save As: box. Make sure to name the video file something different from your original clip.
  10. Then click the Save button. Make sure you save the file in a place where you can find it easily later.
  11. A box with a progress bar will appear. Once the bar reaches 100%, your file will be saved.