CCP 700 3 credit(s)
This course is restricted to students who have completed and received credit for their Independent Research Project (IRP). Exceptions require approval of the Dean of the School of Psychology and Counseling. Prerequisites: CCP 520 and CCP 641, (Enrollment limited to 10). This course focuses on students’ counseling practice which is conducted in the field from week-to-week during the course. A minimum of 200 hours of internship experience (225 hour minimum for SAC track students in school sites) are required under the supervision of a qualified supervisor (Massachusetts Regulations 262 CMR). (Supervisors of School Adjustment Counseling students in school sites must also have DESE licensure as a School Adjustment Counselor.) Goals for each student will be established with their College internship facilitator at the beginning of the experience. A self-assessment of these appropriate learning goals will be conducted by the student and their college internship facilitator throughout the term. Casework, note taking, diagnostic and treatment planning will be analyzed and explored in the classroom with a focus on enhancing students’ clinical skills in these areas, as well as a review of the principles of therapeutic relationships, developing techniques for communicating with and working with families, agencies/systems, and school and community personnel, and the use of supervision. The diagnosis and treatment of learning and behavioral disorders, when to recommend an educational evaluation, an IEP or a 504 will also be discussed. SAC Interns will learn to develop plans for the prevention, treatment and referral of students engaged in legal or illegal substances, school violence, school crises and other situations. This course may be combined with CCP 701. The internship must conform to Massachusetts Regulations 262 CMR. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. For SAC students in school sites: Onsite training supervised by a state-approved licensed/certified school adjustment counselor who also has clinical licensure as an LMHC, LICSW, LMFT, clinical psychologist or psychiatrist is required. SAC students in school sites Students pass MTEL Communication and Literacy before entry. The fieldwork experiences in this course address the following Massachusetts State Standards for School Adjustment Counselors: 3: A practicum of 900 hours, 450 of which must be working with children, adolescents, and families in an educational setting. (Cambridge requires practicum fieldwork of 100 contact hours and internship fieldwork of 600 contact hours). (Cambridge College recommends that students in the SAC track have 225 site hours for each of the four field experiences.) 4: A passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test. Standard a: Principles of therapeutic relationships. c: Learning disorders, including emotional issues affecting student achievement, and their treatment. d: Prevention and treatment of substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, and violence in PreK-12 students. f: Techniques for communicating and working with families and school and community personnel.