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General Course Information for PSY650C: School Counseling Practicum II

Course: PSY650C - School Counseling Practicum II
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to:

Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: Students are placed in a school setting ranging from elementary to high school and expected to perform a variety of counseling related activities for a minimum of 100 hours of supervised practice to be scheduled over a three month period. Students also participate in an academic seminar at the University. This three-month seminar may meet in the late afternoon outside of regular class hours Students must maintain a grade of satisfactory throughout the internship series. Grading is by S or U only. Course is eligible for an "IP" grade.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate familiarity with a variety of professional 21st century school counseling strategies including leadership, advocacy, teaming, collaboration, and accountability.
  • Demonstrate competence in the use of professional resources appraisal instruments, technology, print and non-print media, and professional literature.
  • Demonstrate skills necessary for the formation, development, and termination of group activities based on student needs.
  • Demonstrate fundamental individual counseling skills (Establishing rapport, empathetic responding, personalizing, closure, etc.).
  • Demonstrate the ability to function effectively within the counseling setting/organization.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of referral sources and ability to make referrals and consult with other professionals.
  • Describe environmental affect on students of the school setting and its personnel.
  • Describe role of school counseling program with the school's environment.
  • Describe importance of the supervisory process as a means of personal and professional development.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
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Contact the Library:

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Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures