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Students in the Master of Counselling program are responsible for making their own practicum arrangements. Your practicum is an integrated sequence of learning activities. The major portion is the field placement, in which, under supervision, you will see clients in a community setting. The assignments and learning activities complement the field placement. They are sequenced intentionally to address typical issues you will encounter in your placement and to match the rhythm of your progression through the practicum year. Accordingly, it is not possible to compress your practicum or start it at a different time. You will enrol in GCAP 685: Advanced Counselling Practicum, for two semesters (6 credits), starting in the fall semester, typically of your third year.
Students in the Master of Counselling program are responsible for approaching practicum sites directly. Our database lists practicum sites that have previously hosted our students, or you may develop a practicum placement with any site that meets the requirements described in these pages. Please review the prerequisites for students and the requirements that a practicum site must meet before you apply for a practicum placement. The following guidelines are designed to assist you in negotiating an appropriate placement.
You are required to be on site for 500 hours and deliver 250 hours of direct client contact.
As a condition of the practicum, some agencies may require you to spend more than the minimum time required by the University, or to participate in activities not required by the University (e.g., training seminars, telephone intake, etc.). These activities are strictly between you and the agency, and must be specified on the practicum contract at the time it is initially developed.
Definition of Direct Client Contact
Direct client contact is defined as an activity in which the student interacts face to face with the client(s), and includes:
Normally, at least 60% of direct client contact is comprised of individual counselling.
Case preparation/treatment planning, psychological test interpretation, writing case notes and reports, telephone intake/contact, case conferences and case management activities without the client(s) present, and observing others perform counselling are not considered direct client contact.
You must receive 1 hour of supervision for each 5 hours of direct client contact. At least 50% of supervision must be individual supervision; the rest may be group supervision. At least 50% of supervision hours must be based on direct observation of the your work (live supervision, co-therapy, video and audiorecording); the rest may be based on case discussion, review of notes, etc.
Appropriate practicum settings include, but are not restricted to:
The organization or agency must meet the following criteria:
In order to be approved, practicum supervisors must possess:
Because of the distributed delivery format of the GCAP program, practicum supervisors must also meet the following criteria:
Updated July 30, 2019 by Student & Academic Services