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SOC-OFE Doctoral Students: Walden In-House Field Experiences

Walden University Teaching Assistantship (TA) Opportunities

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision students can request Teaching Assistant positions with Walden University faculty to help fulfill Doctoral Internship requirements.

Some important points to keep in mind when applying for TA positions:

  • Students can earn up to 200 total hours in the Teaching domain serving as Walden TA's (up to 100 hours per quarter).
  • Students are required to commit to Walden TA positions for two quarters.
  • Requests for TA positions must be submitted within the Internship Application Submission Window.

Walden Group Lab

CES students are invited to apply to lead a distance-based Group Activity of MS Counseling Programs’ Group Labs. This exciting opportunity would be a great way to gain some valuable distance-based group leadership experience. It would be a tremendous addition to one’s CV, as leadership of such a group could be a highly-marketable skill. It is important to note, too, that a faculty member will be present for the entire group for support and live feedback.

The MS-level experience is described as follows:

GRPL 6100 is an experiential lab in which you learn by doing (i.e., participate in a small group activity). This lab is provided to you as part of your program requirements set forth by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). To maintain CACREP accreditation, all students must participate in a minimum of 10 hours of small group activity over the course of one academic term (CACREP, 2016, 2.F.6.h.).

CES students approved to conduct this experience will earn 14 direct counseling hours for each section. Students may apply for up to two sections of Group Lab for a total of 28 direct hours per quarter.

Duties include:

  • introducing yourself in week 1
  • working with a co-leader/faculty supervisor in week 2 to prepare for the group
  • leading group during weeks 3 – 9 of the quarter
    • The group is one hour and 45 minutes long each week.
    • Group times will vary and approved students will have the opportunity to choose their preferred time slot(s).
  • meet with their faculty supervisor and/or coleader following the group for supervision (typically around 30 minutes)
Important Notes for Field Experience Applications:

Practicum Applicants: Walden University-Group Labs will be denoted on your Field Experience Practicum Application for one of your sites. Practicum students must have at least one additional site for the remaining direct and indirect hours on their applications.

Internship Applicants: Walden University-Group Lab fits the requirements of an experience in the Counseling domain.

Walden Skills Development Committee and Skills Enhancement Lab

The SoC Skills Development Committee (SDC) is designed to support Walden counseling students in their clinical skill development in counseling from the beginning to the end of their program as well as across all programs. The SDC is comprised of SoC faculty members who are referred to as faculty mentors.  The SDC is under the administration of the SoC Skills Coordinator. The opportunity is 100% virtual. The primary virtual (online) tasks of the SDC is to work directly with masters level students in one-on-one skills mentoring within the parameters of several kinds of Skills Plans.    You can earn up to 100 hours total for Leadership and Advocacy for two quarters.

The SoC Skills Enhancement Lab (SEL) is a sanctuary for counseling skills learning. The SEL provides one on one counseling-skills mentoring for students who are referred by their Pre-Practicum faculty. The SEL is offered once per term typically during week 4 of the term. The face to face SEL is collocated with the SoC residency pre-practicum. This opportunity is either face to face or virtual. Face to face locations are ideal if you live in the geographic area and/or can fully support your cost for travel, lodging, etc. Locations by term: winter - Atlanta, GA, spring - Houston, TX, summer - Atlanta, GA, fall - Orlando, FL. You can earn up to 100 hours total for Leadership and Advocacy for two quarters.