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

Walden Group Lab

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. Students approved to conduct this experience are committing to a full quarter of support and withdrawing from that would result in a concern related to professional commitments and ethics of abandoning clients.

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.).

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 2 hours 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 Note for Field Experience Applications:

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