You must successfully complete all core coursework, in accordance with your Program of Study, as well as all Residency/Pre-Practicum requirements, prior to starting practicum. Practicum must be completed prior to the start of Internship.
All prerequisites, including Residencies/Pre-Practica must be completed satisfactorily prior to enrollment in field experience. There are no exceptions to this.
Your Program of Study is determined by the Admissions department when you are enrolled. If you think there is an error in your Program of Study/Degree Audit, contact Student Success Advising.
Yes, it is Walden policy that all supervision at the site be face-to-face (in-person or via videoconference) with your approved primary site supervisor.
The counseling programs do not require the supervisor to observe every session. However, it is required that the Walden-approved site supervisor or site-approved designee is on site while you are completing direct client hours.
You should attempt to earn the hours needed according to the state requirement in one quarter for practicum, and two quarters for internship. If you are unable to do so, you will need to add an additional quarter of practicum or internship to your program of study by requesting the addition of the State Education Specialization to your program. You will need to remain in the practicum or internship course for an additional quarter and pay for the course.
There is no specific number of hours a student must attain for Internship I; the 600 hours required are cumulative over 2 quarters (or additional, if you extend Internship).
You are not able to apply additional direct counseling hours or professional service hours to the hours for the internship. Additionally, you must be enrolled in internship before you can begin accumulating hours for internship.
You can log your hours as you choose as long as you are registered in a field experience course. However, you must be participating at your field experience site and receiving the required weekly supervision throughout the duration of enrollment in the field experience courses. If the bulk of hours are completed early in enrollment, you should maintain one or two clients throughout the duration of the field experience to ensure that you are able to meet course and supervision requirements.