Students are expected to participate in both practicum and internship assignments. The practicum consists of one (1) semester within a public school setting under the on-site supervision of a professional school counselor for an average of 10–12 hours per week. In most cases, students complete their practica in school sites within Connecticut. However, students are allowed to complete their practica outside of Connecticut provided that the school site is within close enough proximity to the UConn Storrs campus that they will be able to attend an accompanying practicum group supervision course in-person at the UConn Storrs campus for the duration of the semester in which they are participating in the practicum. Dr. Clewiston Challenger coordinates the school counseling practica program and instructs the course as well.
For internship, students complete 10 month (190 days)/ 700 hours (350 per semester) of work within a public school setting as a school-counseling intern. Throughout the internship period students are expected to document at least 280 hours devoted to direct service with the students, teachers, and parents. Internship students also work collaboratively with an on-site professional school counselor for supervision and professional development, as well as UConn faculty supervision.
Dr. Rachelle Pérusse is the internship coordinator for the Educational Psychology: Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology program. Responsibilities include: orienting program students to practicum and internship, that is, completing sign-up forms, assistance with finding the best site for each student; coordinating all practicum and internship doctoral supervision and site supervision; and coordinating the School Counseling Connecticut State Certification application process with the Neag Office of Certification.
For any questions pertaining to Practicum or Internship, please contact Dr. Rachelle Pérusse , firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-486-0266.