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8th Edition

Internship, Practicum, and Field Placement Handbook
A Guide for the Helping Professions

ISBN 9781138478701
Published November 26, 2018 by Routledge
344 Pages

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Book Description

The Internship, Practicum, and Field Placement Handbook is a practical guide for interns in the helping professions, with real-world knowledge of the skills students need through every phase of their practicum, field placement, or internship. This text expertly guides students through the essential skills needed for beginning work in the field of mental health and outlines skills that will serve students throughout their academic and professional careers. Skills discussed include how to make a great first impression, understanding the process and content of clinical writing, recordkeeping, working with peers and supervisors, understanding diversity, cultivating self-care, and promoting safety.

Every phase of the internship is discussed chronologically: from finding and preparing for placements to concluding relationships with clients and supervisors. Following an evidence and competency-based approach, the latest research findings are reviewed from the fields of psychology, social work, and counseling.

The Internship, Practicum, and Field Placement Handbook is an invaluable resource for students, faculty, and supervisors engaged in the exciting, challenging experience of transitioning from academia into clinical training in the field. Free online resources available at support the text.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 – Preparation

Chapter 2 - The Adventure Begins

Chapter 3 - Internship Classes and Peer Groups

Chapter 4 - Ethical and Legal Issues

Chapter 5 – Supervision

Chapter 6 - Diversity Considerations in Practice

Chapter 7 - Clinical Writing, Treatment Records, and Case Notes

Chapter 8 - Stress and Self-Care

Chapter 9 - Assaults and Other Risks

Chapter 10 - Closing Cases

Chapter 11 - Finishing the Internship

Chapter 12 - Frustrations, Lessons, Discoveries, and Joy

Appendix: Selecting or Establishing an Internship Site




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Brian N. Baird is former Chair of Psychology at Pacific Lutheran University, USA. He practiced clinically for more than 20 years, served 12 years in the U.S. Congress, and has supervised hundreds of interns.

Debra Mollen is Professor and Licensed Psychologist at Texas Woman’s University, USA, Co-Chair for the revised APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women, and an AASECT-Certified Sexuality Educator.




"Baird and Mollen’s text is a needed text for those training the next generation of mental health workers. Providing feedback for learners at every stage of the process from selecting a site to supervision and completing paperwork, this book is a great resource for educators, clinical supervisors, and agency administrators in mental health training programs. The array of included forms and resources also help to provide needed and supportive structure for new pre-licensed professionals."- Theodore R. Burnes, Director of Training, the Los Angeles Gender Center / Affiliate Full Professor, Antioch University, USA