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*Students are subject to the policies and procedures describe in the most current Field Experience Manual, regardless of the academic year in which they were admitted.  The university reserves the right to change any provision, offering, requirement, or fee at any time within the student's enrollment period.

Field Experience Manual Updates

Telemental Health (effective Spring 2022)

Students are permitted to provide telemental health (TMH) counseling services to clients if all of the following requirements are met:

  • The student has completed Walden’s 3-hour Distance-Based Practitioner Training (available Spring 2022). Prior to Spring 2022, students can complete Walden’s Student Telemental Health Services Training.
  • The site supervisor has formal training in providing TMH. Walden can provide such training, if needed. 
  • The site supervisor provides appropriate TMH supervision, including educating the student about agency protocols for responding to a client emergency while providing TMH.
  • The site supervisor establishes a system to join the telehealth session should an emergency arise. 
  • The site supervisor attests that TMH will be provided in accordance with their state and licensing board guidelines and jurisdiction.
  • The site supervisor attests that the technology system used for TMH is HIPAA compliant.

 

Program-Specific Hours (effective Summer 2021)

Students completing CMHC and MCFC field experiences are no longer required to meet a minimum number of “program-specific” hours:

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling practicum consists of 100 hours of clinical field experience, including at least 40 hours of direct counseling. Students must engage in an experience in accordance with the program of study (i.e. clinical mental health counseling). Students may also engage in other forms of counseling including couples, family, and/or group mental health counseling as part of the practicum. Students must also earn a minimum of 15 hours of group supervision from their faculty supervisor and 10 hours of individual or triadic supervision from their Walden-approved site supervisor for each term of enrollment in practicum.

MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

The MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling practicum consists of 100 hours of clinical field experience, including at least 40 hours of direct counseling. Students must engage in an experience in accordance with the program of study (i.e. couple and/or family counseling). Students should also engage in some individual counseling and may provide group counseling as well. Students must also earn a minimum of 15 hours of group supervision from their faculty supervisor and 10 hours of individual or triadic supervision from their Walden-approved site supervisor for each term of enrollment in practicum.

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