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Practicum and Internship Opportunities

At MyCounselor.Online we are excited to be a part of developing the next generation of excellent Christian counselors. We provide practicum and internship opportunities that meet CACREP requirements to aid students in the completion of their counselor training.

Our student experiences are best suited for those interested in specializing in Christian counseling. Our internal training program and approach to supervision provide unique instruction on the integration of biblical Christian spirituality with the clinical and professional practice of therapy.

At MyCounselor.Online we also provide students the distinct opportunity to learn how to utilize the latest technology to engage practice in a tele-mental health environment. We believe the trend in medicine is towards the delivery of service by way of telemedicine. Participants in our program are equipped for this shift in the field with clinical skills they can deploy in-person or online with confidence.

Our professional practice experience meets the following requirements established by CACREP:

  • We require students be covered by individual professional counseling liability insurance while participating.
  • Supervision of students includes video recording of students interactions with clients.
  • Formative and summative evaluations of the students counseling performance and ability to integrate and apply knowledge are conducted as part of the student’s experience.
  • Students have the opportunity to become familiar with a variety of professional activities and resources, including technological resources, during their experience.
  • In addition to the development of individual counseling skills students are able to co-lead a counseling or psychoeducational group.
  • Students have weekly interaction with supervisors that average one hour per week of individual or triadic supervision throughout their experience.
  • Our supervisors have (1) a minimum of a master’s degree; (2) relevant certifications and/or licenses; (3) a minimum of 2 years of pertinent professional experience; (4) knowledge of counseling program expectations, requirements, and evaluation procedures; (5) relevant training in counseling supervision.
  • We enter into written supervision agreements with counselor education programs defining the roles and responsibilities of the faculty supervisor, site supervisor, and student during practicum and internship.

Practicums

Practicum experiences with MCO total a minimum of 100 clock hours over a minimum of 10 weeks, including at least 40 clock hours of direct service with actual clients that contribute to the development of counseling skills.

Internship

Internship experiences consist of 600 clock hours of supervised counseling experience, with a minimum of at least 240 clock hours of direct service.

Practice Setting

The MyCounselor.Online practicum and internship experience operates in an online / tele-mental health practice setting. Students provide services to clients by way of a HIPPA Compliant version of the Zoom video conferencing software for telemedicine. Clients sign-up to receive services from students and provisionally licensed clinicians through our online clinic at FreeChristianCounseling.Online. All client files, scheduling, and billing are completed through secure cloud-based electronic systems accessible by internet from a standard web-browser.

Office and Equipment Requirements

There are two options for participating in MCO’s student experiences:

  • Physical Office – Subject to office availability, students may see clients online from one of MCO’s physical office locations. Currently, MCO has offices in Denver, Colorado; Kansas City, Columbia, and Springfield, Missouri.
  • Virtual Office – Students may see clients online from a virtual office that meets the following requirements:
    1. Protects client confidentiality from visual and auditory breaches.
    2. Offer a private setting free from distractions including background noise and disruption.
    3. Provide a professional “office” backdrop consistent with a professional counseling office.
    4. Maintains a reliable internet connection with sufficient bandwidth for steady video connections.

Equipment – Student must provide their own computer and video conferencing capabilities. Systems may be desktop or laptop computers equipped with speakers, microphone, and web-camera. Full system requirements can be found here.

Apply for a MCO Practicum or Internship Experience

While completing an MCO student experience doesn’t guarantee placement on our team following graduation, we do show preference to applicants who are interested in joining our team. To introduce you to our practice we would like you to review our recruting packet prior to applying for a student experience. You can receive access to the recruiting packet and instruction on how to apply for a student experience (practicum or internship) by completing the inquiry form below.

After completing the form you’ll be redirected to a password protected page (you’ll receive an email with the password) where you can download our MCO Recruiting Packet. This packet contains information about working for MCO including compensation and contract details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is the counseling provided HIPPA compliant?

A. Absolutely! We take compliance with HIPPA and client confidentiality very seriously. Find the Zoom (our tele-health video provider) white paper on how they facilitate HIPPA compliance here: Zoom HIPPA Compliance

Q. How do you address concerns regarding seeing clients across state lines?

A. Telehealth is still in its infancy and thus standards for practice are poorly developed. There are lots of opinions about how it should be handled but very little legislation and virtually no case law to reference as of yet. To date there are no instances of licensure revocation, civil, or criminal liability being found by any court for mental health professionals seeing clients online who physically reside in a different state than the clinician is licensed in.

In a conversation with Missouri’s committee for professional counselors we were informed that, at least in the state of Missouri, the committee views clients as coming to the clinician, regardless of how they come to the clinician (in-person, phone, or video). So long as the clinician is licensed and in good standing in the state they are physically present, there is no issue. In the absence of a unified stance across states, this is the approach we have chosen to adopt.

Thus, our clinicians our in good standing in the states they are licensed, and we make it a matter of written and verbal informed consent to notify clients of the state of licensure of the clinicians and how we view the relationship (them coming to the clinician by way of the video).

It appears that the Veterans Affairs will actually lead the shaping of legislation going forward. Effective June 11, 2018 all Department of Veteran Affairs (“VA”) health care providers, including mental health, will “officially” be able to offer the same level of care to all beneficiaries regardless of the beneficiary’s or the health care provider’s location (as found in its recently released “Final Rule”). The reason for the ruling is for “increasing the availability of mental health, specialty, and general clinical care”. While the rule specifically applies to VA providers, it is the first federally validated policy providing a unified stance across all states. It is likely that the precedent will shape policy for all providers given the limited availability of mental health services in much of the country. Responses from other government agencies suggest that this will be the case.

Among the public comments submitted in response to the VA’s proposed rule, published October 2, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission, an agency that has been a big proponent of efforts to expand access to telehealth services, applauded the amendments to the VA’s regulations, stating that it will “provide an important example to non-VA health care providers, state legislatures, employers, patients, and others of telehealth’s potential benefits and may spur innovation among other health care providers and, thereby, promote competition and improve access to care.”

Since students are not licensed in any state, it is a matter of informed consent with the client that they understand the student status of the clinician providing services to them.

A 2017 50-State survey of telemental/telebehavioral health law conducted by law firm EPSTIEN BECKER GREEN can be found here.

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