1st Edition

Practicum and Internship Experiences in Counseling

Edited By Bradley T. Erford Copyright 2023
    388 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    388 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This ready-to-use resource provides the practical information and hands-on skills interns and practicum students need to successfully complete their clinical experiences and join the counseling profession with confidence.

    Designed to accompany students as they advance through practicum and internship, Practicum and Internship Experiences in Counseling helps bridge the gap from theory to practice. It covers the day-to-day elements of practice in agencies and schools that are often missing from the theory-based courses. Chapters are packed with case examples, activities, voices from the field, and self-assessments, including tools for assessing and addressing ethnocentrism, intersectionality, and bias in counseling practice.

    This resource orients clinical students to the field, while providing them with the day-to-day skills they need to thrive.

    Special focus on:

    • Expectations and how to get the most out of the supervision process
    • Assessment and intervention with clients in danger and crisis
    • Wellness and developing healthy work and personal habits to carry through one’s entire career.

    Readers see clearly how to:

    • Apply the laws and ethics in everyday clinical practice
    • Work with special issues (neuropsych and psychopharmacology) and populations
    • Market and position oneself in the job market, with an eye toward growing/marketing a counseling practice after graduation

    Included in each chapter:

    • Several self-assessment activities encouraging self-reflection and self-assessment on the concepts of the chapter
    • Voices from the field features providing firsthand, in-the-trenches perspectives from counselors who have "been there and done that."
    • Realistic case examples challenging readers to apply knowledge and skills to realistic cases they are likely to encounter in the field

    Included are separate chapters on:

    • Relationship building
    • Goal setting
    • Record keeping
    • The integration of theory into practice

    1. Matching Goals, Developing Skills, and the First Impression

    Rachel M. O’Neill, Robin Wilbourn Lee, Jennifer Jordan, Michelle Stevens, and Bradley T. Erford

    2. The Supervision Process

    Catherine Y. Chang, Caroline O’Hara, and Lindy K. Parker

    3. Integrating Theory into Practice

    Dana Heller Levitt and Bradley T. Erford

    4. Record Keeping: What to Include and What to Leave Out

    James Jackson, Lotifia Parker, and Charlotte Daughhetee

    5. Putting Ethics and Law into Practice

    Lynn E. Linde and Bradley T. Erford

    6. Special Populations and Issues

    Victoria E. Kress, Matthew J. Paylo, Nicole A. Stargell, and Christine McAllister

    7. Applying Multicultural Counseling

    Bradley T. Erford and Jose Villalba

    8. Assessing and Intervening with Clients in Danger and Crisis

    Linda Foster, Paul Hard, and Eric Darch

    9. Practicing Professional Responsibility

    Stephanie G. Puleo, Charlotte Daughhetee, and Jason M. Newell

    10. Wrapping It Up

    Nicole A. Stargell and Bradley T. Erford

    11. Other Pertinent Issues in Counseling Practice

    Elisabeth Bennett

    12. Counselor Self-Care

    Kerry Thon

    13. From Envisioning to Actualization: Marketing Yourself in the 21st Century

    Nicole A. Stargell and Jessica A. Headley


    Bradley T. Erford, PhD, is a professor in the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. He was the 61st president of the American Counseling Association and is an ACA fellow and the author of more than 30 books and 100 journal articles.