All counseling students engage in field study beginning in their second term during the first Practicum course and continue, almost every semester, throughout the rest of their course of study. Internships require time at sites under the supervision of a professional at that site and small and large group supervision on campus with program faculty. Field experiences and internships require successively more complex tasks and performance and may require recordings that are reviewed by supervisors and peers for assessment, feedback, and professional development.
All program interns are required to carry professional liability insurance coverage throughout their field experiences. Such coverage may be available as a benefit of membership in professional associations or are available for purchase at very reasonable rates for students. Contact the state or national associations for more information.
Many field experience sites have prior selection processes and background checks as well as fingerprinting. Most will require an orientation. It is important to meet with the FGCU Department of Counseling clinical coordinator early in the semester before each internship for an interview to determine interests, availability and goodness of fit.