Beyond the Classroom

Fieldwork

The experiential component of the programs in counseling is critical to the student's growth and development toward becoming a professional counselor.

School Counseling

Two practica experiences for a total of 350 clock hours in a school setting with deaf, hard of hearing and deaf children with additional special needs, in the Washington, DC metropolitan areas is an important component of the counselor's training. It is through this hands-on experience that students begin to apply principles and practices of professional counseling with deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf with additional special needs. Additionally, during the last phase of the program, all students are required to complete a semester long (600 clock hours) internship in a K-12 school setting with deaf, hard-of-hearing and deaf with additional special needs children outside of the Washington, DC area. As with the practicum experience, the Department of School Counseling assists with the site selection and placement of the student in an area of his/her choice.

For more information about the requirements for fieldwork in the School Counseling degree program, read the School Counseling Fieldwork Manual.

Mental Health Counseling

Practicum and Internship I, totaling 400 clock hours, are served in a mental health setting with deaf, hard of hearing and deaf clients with or without additional special needs, in the Washington, DC metropolitan areas.  This fieldwork is an important component of the beginning counselor's training. It is through this hands-on experience that students begin to apply principles and practices of professional guidance and counseling with deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf with additional special needs people. Additionally, in the final phase of the program, all students are required to complete a semester long (500-600 clock hours) internship in a mental health agency with deaf, hard-of-hearing and deaf with additional special needs people outside of theWashington, DC area. As with the earlier fieldwork experience, the Department of Counseling assists with the site selection and placement of the student in an area of his/her choice. Students must have at least 320 client contact hours before graduation.

For more information about the requirements for fieldwork in the Mental Health Counseling degree program, read the Mental Health Fieldwork Manual.

Other Experiences Beyond the Classroom

There are a number of opportunities outside of the classroom for graduate students in the Counseling Department. Check out the photos below for some examples.

Cheryl Wu and Graduate studentsDr. Cheryl Wu (with back turned in photo) is seen here engaged in cooperative game play with children from Patrick Henry Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Wu provides mental health consultation and support for the class, which is a newly-established mainstreamed classroom at the school for deaf and hard-of-hearing children ages 4 to 7. Dr. Wu meets monthly with the parents to address family and personal issues, as well as the special needs of the children. This photo was taken on Family Play Day. Children from the class were joined by their families and friends to participate in activities designed to enhance communication and meaningful cooperative play, as well as model pro-social skills. Several graduate students from our department joined Dr. Wu in making Family Play Day a success. Depicted in this photo with Dr. Wu is Jessica Rogers, a student in the School Counseling degree program in 2007.

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