9th Edition

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

By Brian N. Baird, Debra Mollen Copyright 2023
    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Internship, Practicum, and Field Placement Handbook offers real-world knowledge of the skills interns in the helping professions need through every phase of their internship, practicum, or field placement. The focus is on topics that may not have been addressed or fully developed through regular academic coursework: meeting clients, fees for service, supervision, ethics, legal issues, diversity, clinical writing, case notes and clinical records, personal safety, self-care, advocacy, technology, termination, and planning for the future.

    Every phase of the internship is discussed sequentially, from finding and preparing for placements to concluding relationships with clients and supervisors. Drawing from the fields of psychology, counseling, social work, school counseling, and psychiatry, this edition has been thoroughly updated with the latest research and clinical literature, ethical codes of the leading professions, and legal and regulatory developments at federal and state levels. This edition also features up-to-date coverage of remote education, training, supervision, and practice as impacted by Covid-19 and technological changes. Diversity awareness and insights are woven through every element of the text, taking into account recent developments such as Black Lives Matter, the MeToo movement, gender identity awareness. Other emerging issues are also addressed, including the impact of the opioid epidemic and substance abuse deaths and the ethical/legal issues that may arise relating to reproductive health and abortion related legislation. In-text exercises and thought problems are incorporated into each chapter for students to develop insights and skills. Eleven online appendices are also included, containing learning plans, supervision agreements, evaluation forms, and ethical guidelines that students will need in preparation for the next phase of their training.

    The Internship, Practicum, and Field Placement Handbook is an invaluable resource for students, faculty, and supervisors engaged in the challenging experience of transitioning from academia into clinical training in the field.

    1. Preparation 2. The Adventure Begins 3. Internship Classes and Peer Groups 4. Ethical and Legal Issues 5. Supervision 6. Diversity Considerations in Practice 7. Clinical Writing, Treatment Records, and Case Notes 8. Stress and Self-Care 9. Assaults and Other Risks 10. Closing Cases 11. Finishing the Internship 12. Frustrations, Lessons, Discoveries, and Joy Appendix: Selecting or Establishing an Internship Site


    Brian N. Baird practiced clinically as a psychologist for two decades and chaired the department of Psychology at Pacific Lutheran University. He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1998 and served six terms in office. He consults on communication, ethics, and political strategy and is the founder and chair of the National Museum and Center for Service.

    Debra Mollen is Professor at Texas Woman’s University, a licensed psychologist, and Certified Sexuality Educator with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. She is a Fellow in Divisions 17 and 35 of the American Psychological Association.

    "Baird and Mollen set out to bridge the gap between academic coursework and the knowledge, skills, and emotional challenges of developing clinical skills through practicum and internship classes. They succeed admirably, providing students (and instructors!) with crucial information about the hidden curriculum of being a student in a clinical placement. They cover critical topics from beginning (how to find a placement, what paperwork is needed, how to benefit from practicum class) to the end (how to terminate cases and how to finish the placement). Along the way, they cover such important topics as self-care, diversity, ethics, supervision and how to handle assaults. The book is updated to include handling virtual therapy and how COVID-19 influences placement. This is a very valuable and unique resource for students becoming mental health professionals."

    Nadya A. Fouad, Ph.D., ABPP, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

    "This Handbook has proved the must-have guide for our interns over the past 25 years and has improved with each edition. Baird and Mollen impressively bridge the gap between academic courses and crucial internships, helping trainees navigate the labyrinth of ethical, professional, relational, and self-care perils of practicing in the real world. An invaluable resource filled with practical guidance and skill exercises."

    John C. Norcross, Ph.D., ABPP, University of Scranton and SUNY Upstate Medical University, USA