Counseling 21: Practicum II

Instructor: Dr. Wafaie Selim, M.D., M.A., LSW, BCPCC

Email:             Tel: (330)881-5116

Course Prerequisites:

Students who wish to take this course need to complete Counselling Practicum I course.

Course Objectives:

Practicum II is a continuum of Practicum I, aiming at integrating the previously studied material in the program into clinical practice. Practicum II, however, is more advanced since it should take the students into higher levels of diagnostic skills and clinical sensitivity, working with individuals and couples as well. Students are also expected to acquire more skills towards implementing spirituality into counseling as they learn more about treatment planning. In other words the student who complete this course is expected to be able to:

  1. Begin to develop a sense of professional identity.
  2. Apply interviewing and counseling skills to develop a therapeutic relationship.
  3. Gain self-awareness so that the student-client relationship is therapeutic.
  4. Demonstrate sensitivity to spiritual and religious issues with clients.
  5. Maintain Christ as a center, while aware of all therapeutic and ethical boundaries
Course Description:

Practicum II provide actual counseling supervision and practice. It starts with 6 introductory clock hours of face to face, on-site classes with the instructor. Thereafter, supervision will be completed telephonically or electronically or both. Passing the course requires a grade of at least 80% B, according to what is detailed below. A reading resource list, along with the assigned reading, shall be available before or upon the beginning of the course.

Course Requirements and Grading:
  1. During the must-attend face to face 6 clock hours’ classes in the beginning of the course, student shall be prepared to learn advanced clinical tools that they will need to apply during the course as well as in their future practice. Role playing, and examples of DBT, and EMDR (RET) will be provided during the classes. Also optional, the instructor is recommending at least one individual meeting with each student. Represents 20% of the final  grade.
  1. Each student must complete 8 face-to-face contact hours (8 counseling sessions) of individual and or couple counseling over the course period, with at least two different cases (4 sessions with each case). If a student is unable to come up with their own cases, the instructor will provide at least 2 case scenarios for this student upon request. Some of the training may focus on treatment planning. Each student must produce a record for 4 of the counseling sessions. Each of the 4 counseling sessions will be typed and emailed in the form of a written verbatim. Students must keep a copy for their records. Upon receiving the recorded material of a counseling session, each student must have at least ½ an hour of telephonic supervision with the instructor. Other forms of electronic supervision may also apply. Represents 40% of the final grade (10% for each session)
  1. By the end of the course, each student must submit a 2-3 page paper to outline the student’s counseling experience and what has been learned from the clinical instructions. Represents 20% of the final grade.
  2. Assigned required reading: “Little Book of BIG EMOTIONS”. By Erika M. Hunter. ISBN 978-1-59285-079-2. Students must write a term paper from the assigned reading, based on the following instructions: Term paper 6-8 pages length, not including the Title page, student and instructors name page, nor the references page. The term paper has to be based on the “Emotional Inventory” as presented in the Required Text, and reflecting then Five Basic Emotions: anger, fear, gladness, sorrow, and shame. Term paper is due on or before the end of the semester. Represents 20% of the final grade.
All written work must be typed to the standard defined below:
  1. Page number; subject of paper; date and course’s name
  2. All papers sent by e-mail must include a title page as an attachment
  3. Written material must reflect at least a near-master’s level use of English language in terms of spelling, vocabulary, and grammar.
Any written verbatim should reflect the following:
  1. Student’s name, course’s date/year, and Instructor’s name
  2. Client’s name(s), select names different than the real names
  3. Session number (out of a total of 4 sessions)
  4. Presenting concerns: concerns presented by the client
  5. Actual verbatim of all interactions with the client during the session
  6. Anticipated (or actual if there is) outcomes of the counseling and response to the intervention, treatment or referral
  7. Recommendations for further steps
  8. Evaluation of achieved and unachieved goals
  9. Thoughts about specific areas that need improvement
Skills to be emphasized during this Course:
  1. Therapeutic Alliance (Relationship Building)
  2. Empathy
  3. Respect
  4. Genuineness
  5. Concern
  6. All Active Listening Skills (Reflection of Feeling; Paraphrasing; Summarizing …etc.)
  7. Non-Judgmental Behavior
  8. Self-Disclosure
  9. Catharsis of Feelings
  10. Self-Awareness
  11. Confrontation Skills
  12. Crisis Management
Required Book:
“The Little Book of Big Emotions”, How Five Feelings Affect Everything you Do and Don’t Do!  By: Erika Hunter, ISBN 13: 978-1-59285-079-2