Sofie Azmy, Psy.D., HSPP, HSPP, MBA
Students who wish to join this course can only be qualified after successful completion of Practicum I & II classes.
Practicum III is the advanced continuation of Practicum I and Practicum II courses. The purpose of the practicum course is to facilitate each student’s ability to interface theory and practice, theology, and counseling, by integrating their FMP theoretical learning with experiential supervised counseling. Students who complete Practicum III should be ready to assume their assignments as effective lay church counselors.
Course Requirements and Grading
There are two components of the Practicum III course:
- The required on-site portion of the course consists of 6 hours of interactive lectures with the instructor. These lectures will focus on advanced counseling competencies of professionalism, relational abilities, cultural credibility, assessment, intervention, advocacy, and consultation. Students will have the opportunity to observe and actively practice usable skills through experiential learning opportunities including “enactments” and “role-plays” of situations that are encountered in the church setting. Students will practice counseling skills in a safe, confidential, and supportive environment. (20% grade)
- Following the on-site lectures, students will meet for 8 weekly webinar meetings that provide online group and one-on-one interaction with the instructor. These online meetings will provide students with a continued opportunity to discuss case conceptualization, case presentation of individual cases or vignettes, and reading assignments while ensuring that students get the supervision and support needed. It is the student’s responsibility to attend the webinars on time according to the schedule, which will be given during the on-site meeting. (40% grade)
- Students are expected to turn in a critique paper about the assigned book. Students are also to include their own reflections on specific ways they can serve their local churches based on the ministry ideas presented in the reading. (5-7 typed pages in length). A term paper is due on or before the end of the semester. (40% grade)