Before your internship training, you must complete two prerequisite requirements: one counseling lab and one practicum. The lab consists of experiential learning opportunities designed to help you practice communication skills and the counseling process. The practicum provides students with an initial opportunity to work in a school setting with a licensed or certified school counselor.
The counseling lab is based on the Interpersonal Process Recall (IPR) training program and uses DVDs and audiovisual recordings of counseling sessions to develop your self-awareness, personal and professional insight, and basic counseling skills.
- Master the four basic skill sets introduced in the IPR.
- Understand and engage in the IPR approach, i.e., counselor recall, client recall, mutual recall, and the inquirer role.
- Participate in all lab activities by attending and being involved in simulated counselor/client interactions, examining counselor skills, and giving feedback to others.
- Show progress in the three marker tapes: beginning, midterm, and end of semester.
- Evaluate your progress at midterm and end of semester with your lab instructor.
Field Practicum and Internship
Clinical training is central to the development of all aspiring counselors. It provides the opportunity to apply the theories learned in the classroom to a real-world school setting. You will observe, develop key counseling skills, and practice the tasks of a professional counselor.
All students must complete a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship under the supervision of a licensed or certified school counselor. Full-time students will complete their practicum during Term 2. Internship will be completed at the latter end of the program, lasting three terms for the full academic year. Part-time students will complete their practicum during Term 3 and their internship from Term 8 through Term 10.
The Counseling@NYU school counseling internship experience will help you develop a professional identity. You will gain proficiency and confidence by applying your emerging skills under the supervision of a trained and certified counselor.
Through Counseling@NYU, you will work with a dedicated placement team to secure an appropriate placement within a 75-mile radius of your preferred placement address. All placement sites are approved by NYU.
The practicum provides you with an initial experience in a school (e.g., elementary, middle, or high school) during Term 2 or Term 3 depending on your program. You must complete 100 hours under the direct supervision of a licensed or certified school counselor.
In addition to the onsite field training, you will be enrolled in a practicum seminar class.
As a student, you will train at the same internship site throughout three terms, beginning in September and ending at the end of the academic year (typically in May or June). You must train for a minimum of three full days or 19 hours per week – in each consecutive internship term (i.e., 200 hours for each of the three terms) – under the direct supervision of a licensed or certified school counselor.
In addition to the onsite field training, you will be enrolled in an internship seminar class.
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. Students can talk to their instructor to determine if there may be an opportunity to integrate their interest area at their placement, if possible.
Students cannot complete field placement outside of the continental United States or Hawaii. Students will not be placed internationally, including on US military bases or in US territories. Students living abroad with an upcoming placement term will need to relocate to the continental United States or Hawaii in order to be assigned a placement. Students also may not complete placements at their place of employment.