Field training is integral to developing your professional identity as a mental health counselor, and NYU provides a wealth of support as you begin using your skills to help clients. Your field training will be supervised by NYU Steinhardt professors and professional counselors who will provide real-time feedback on your progress. Each hour of field training will give you valuable insights and reinforce the concepts you’ve learned in the classroom.
While enrolled in the program, you will prepare for your practicum and internship experiences by completing a counseling lab in individual counseling practice. The lab pairs you with a classmate who will role-play various counseling scenarios with you online. Your professor will provide feedback on your performance to help you develop counseling microskills and build your overall confidence.
Field Practicum and Internship
In-person clinical training allows you to put all of the theories and skills learned in the classroom and through your counseling lab into practice under the supervision of a licensed mental health counselor in a real-world setting.
All students will complete a 100-hour practicum before starting their internship. The practicum will take place during term four for full-time students and term seven for part-time students.
You will also complete a 600-hour internship at an NYU-approved placement site located within 75 miles of your preferred address. Our dedicated field placement team will identify clinical sites near your community that are suitable for you to apply to based on NYU’s standards.
To meet the internship requirements, you must spend a minimum of 19 hours or 3 days per week at your internship site. You will complete your internship during terms four through six if you study full time and terms eight through 10 if you study part time.
Field Placement Policies
The placement team is responsible for securing a placement that meets your program requirements. There are a variety of experiences that will assist in developing your clinical skills and competencies for the program, graduation, and future licensure/certification. Your placement sites are not guaranteed to align with your areas of interest, but you may talk to your instructor about opportunities to integrate your area of interest into your placement if possible.
Field placements cannot be completed outside of the continental United States or Hawaii. You will not be placed internationally, including on US military bases or in US territories. If you are living abroad during an upcoming placement term, you will need to relocate to the continental United States or Hawaii to be assigned a placement. You may not complete placements at your place of employment.