REH 6170

Rehabilitation Internship

Class Time: August 28 – December 15, 2006 Campus Location: 105 HSRC

Monday Evenings, 5:00 to 7:30p.m.

Instructors: Barbara Wheelwright, M.S., CRC Address: 6521 Old Main Hill
E-Mail: Logan, UT 84322-6521
Office #: (435) 797-3295 Office Location: 104 HSRC
Fax #: (435) 797-7139

Jared C. Schultz, Ph.D., CRC Address: 2865 Old Main Hill
E-Mail: Logan, UT 84322-2865
Office #: (435) 797-3478 Office Location: 303 EDUC
Fax #: (435) 797-3572


This course provides for a supervised experience in which students provide rehabilitation services in a rehabilitation facility or agency. It comprises a minimum of 600 hours work in the agency or facility. Forty percent or a minimum of 240 hours need to be spent in supplying direct services to clients with disabilities.


Upon completion of the internship, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

1. Form effective relationships with rehabilitation clients, staff, supervisors, the
agency/facility, and external agencies/facilities.

2. Establish and maintain effective counseling relationships.

3. Obtain pertinent diagnostic information and properly interpret the information in diagnosing problems.

4. Formulate sound and realistic rehabilitation plans, make optimum use of available rehabilitation services, and evaluate the progress of clients in their rehabilitation plan.

5. Plan and organize their work, write reports, and maintain adequate records.

6. Perform rehabilitation counseling tasks with a minimum of supervision.

7. Maintain professional and ethical standards in work responsibilities and relationships.

Each student will:

1. Report to his or her field site with regularity, and meet at least one hour a week with on-site agency supervisor.

2. Keep in contact with the internship university supervisor and site supervisor throughout internship experience.

3. Attend and participate in internship classes.

Attendance Policy: If you have to miss a class, let us know ahead of time or forfeit all points affiliated with that class. Obviously some things can not be predicted. Due to the structure and requirements of the class, missing two classes will result in not passing the class.

4. Complete daily logs (Form PA-8) and submit to the university supervisor and site supervisor every two weeks. Copies of the logs should also be kept for personal record. Logs will include a summary of activity at his/her agency, an account of individual and group counseling sessions, supervision sessions, etc. In addition, the log will include a summary of contacts with clients, problems encountered, learning experiences, and requests for information or extra supervision. Logs should reflect work on internship proposal and objectives. (Client’s Profile; Summary of Session; Student Reactions; Student Questions; Student Strengths for Working with this Client; Accomplishments?)

5. Video tape one counseling session for evaluation by the instructors and feedback by peers. The following guidelines must be followed in submitting the videotapes, or they will be rejected, and no points will be awarded for them.

a. The counseling sessions must be at least 20 minutes in length. Any shorter and the tape will not be accepted for credit. If it is longer we will only digitize and watch a 20 minute segment.
b. There must be adequate sound. If we can’t hear what is being said then the tape will not be accepted.
c. We must be able to see you, preferably both you and the client. Please remember that if you are sitting in front of a window, or backlighting is too bright, we won’t be able to see you. Being uncomfortable being filmed is not a reason to not film yourself in an interview.
d. Tapes must be submitted in a VHS or mini DV format. At this point we can not transfer small digital and 8mm tapes. You need to do the transfer. If it is not on VHS or we can not view the tape for mechanical reasons, then it will not be acceptable.
e. Students will submit their student tape evaluation, their site supervisor’s tape evaluation, the Consent to Counsel Form, and a case presentation or overview of the most relevant features of the client and counseling session along with the tape according to the class schedule to the university internship supervisor.

6. Complete the necessary paper work at the end of the Internship experience. This includes the Student Evaluation (Form IC/ID-5), the field site evaluation (Form IC/ID-6), the Practicum Experience Time Sheet (Form IC/ID-9) and final comprehensive paper.

Student Evaluation:
The following are the expectations for student performance during the internship:

1. Case Presentations (100 points for case presentation) Each student will submit one videotaped counseling session, with a case conceptualization. Students will video one counseling session with clients’ approval. A case presentation, student evaluation, site supervisor evaluation and the Consent to Counsel Form will be submitted to the university internship supervisor with the video. Tapes will be digitized and evaluated by the instructors and peers. All videos will be destroyed at the end of the semester.

If time permits we may accept an additional video for extra credit.

2. Peer Reviews (100 points / 10 points each) – Each student will be expected to provide written evaluations of the videotaped counseling sessions of their peers. Electronic copies of the evaluations should be emailed to the counselor-student and the university internship supervisor within 48 hours of the class session.

3. Daily Logs (100 points) Students will keep daily logs of all VR related activities giving detailed attention to counseling sessions.

a. Document and evaluate all counseling sessions you observe or conduct, giving background information such as client's age, gender, disability issues, onset, functional limitations, employment and education history. The purpose, content and outcome of the session should be summarized.
b. Document and evaluate work on your internship objectives including a summarization of your efforts/success in applying your counseling techniques/theories after each counseling session.
c. Record all other VR activities you are involved in during the day.
d. Summarize supervision sessions with your site supervisor.
e. Note personal and professional observations, insights and evaluation of growth and progress.
At the end of each daily and weekly log, list the total hours spent providing direct services to clients (counseling, employment plan development, meeting with employers and any time spent exercising clinical judgment on behalf of the client) and the total hours worked for the day and week.

4. Paper Work and Final Report (100 points) Students will complete all forms (IC/ID 5, 6, and 9) with needed signatures and submit by December 1. Students are also responsible for giving their site supervisor Form IC/ID Form-7 with the top of the form completed and practicum objectives listed on page 3 in time for the supervisor to complete and submit to the university internship supervisor by December 1.
Final Report: “Issues, Successes, and Revelations of My Internship: “What I learned. What I realize I need to learn. What I would do differently if I had to do it all over again.” Summarize your internship experience, all learning experiences and success/efforts in fulfilling your internship objectives.

Case presentation information will accompany your counseling session tapes. The following information should be included where relevant:

1. Age and gender of the client (e.g., 28-year-old male)
2. Disabling condition(s) and onset (e.g., spinal cord injury one year ago as the result of falling off a latter while on the job)
3. Functional limitations (e.g., paraplegia with limited use of lower extremities for mobility)
4. Educational / training history and activities (e.g., high school education with some community college courses in electrical engineering)
5. Work / vocational history and activities (e.g., most recently worked as an electrician’s helper for two years, has not worked since accident, other employment history includes; photocopy store attendant, construction, and fast food)
6. Economic / financial and living situation (e.g., client lives alone in a rental apartment, receiving workers’ compensation of approximately $800/month, has no car or van, parents give various amounts of money for support as needs arise)
7. Psychosocial situation and issues (e.g., lives alone, never been married but has a steady relationship for past six months, parents and other relatives live out-of-state, no indication of recreational or social actives other than with girlfriend, mostly go to the movies)
8. Primary concerns and issues (e.g., been off work for extended amount of time, only high school education, seems satisfied with what’s happening now as evidenced by stating “I’m OK with how I’m living now”, has no means of transportation other than city transit)
9. Overall goals with this case(e.g., client will identify area(s) of employment he would like to pursue, client will engage in employment seeking activities, client will broaden his psychosocial and recreational activities)
10. What has/is happening currently with his case (e.g., meeting with the client every other week to discuss issues affecting his obtaining employment, developing IPE, arraigning for client to attend a one-week comprehensive program that includes; employment exploration, job readiness assessment and training, and physical and psychological management of disability)
11. Client strengths, talents, interests and abilities (e.g. client enjoys working on the computer, has had training in Microsoft Office and Word Perfect, he also enjoys working with leather making various items such as belts and wallets)
12. Potential ethical dilemmas (e.g. this client reminds me of a classmate who bullied me in school)

Course Grade Scale:
93 – 100 A 63 – 67 C
88 – 92 A- 58 – 62 C-
83 – 87 B+ 48 – 52 D+
78 – 82 B 43 – 47 D-
73 – 77 B- 43 – 47 D-
68 – 72 C+ < 42 F

NOTE: Each student is responsible for submitting his or her logs, tapes, and assignments by the due date. This date is negotiable only under special circumstances. Also, students needing disability-related accommodations or modifications need to discuss such needs with the instructor at the beginning of the course. When in doubt, ask. Students with documented disabilities are encouraged to register with the USU Disabilities Resource Center.

REMINDER: Write a thank you note to your agency site supervisor at the conclusion of your practicum. If supervisor is CRC, remind them they can receive CRC credit hours for hours spent supervising.

Class Schedule
Due to the numbers involved in the internship class we will be dividing the class into two groups. The groups will meet every other Monday to review videos and do case conceptualizations. The class sessions will be organized as follows:
5:00 – 5:45 Announcements / Issues
5:45 – 6:30 Review Case 1
6:30 – 6:45 Break
6:45 – 7:30 Review Case 2
Week 1: Aug 28 -
NO Class – Group and Case Presentation Assignments are made and sent to students.
Week 2: Sept 4 – No Class – Labor Day
Week 3: Sept 11
Group 1 Meets
Peer evaluations are due within 48 hours of class session.
Week 4: Sept 18
Group 2 Meets
Peer evaluations are due within 48 hours of class session.
Week 5: Sept 25
Group 1 Meets
Submit internship logs every two weeks through out your internship experience.
Week 6: Oct 2 –
Group 2 Meets
Submit internship logs every two weeks through out your internship experience.
Week 7: Oct 9
Group 1 Meets
Week 8: Oct 16
Group 2 Meets
Week 9: Oct 23
Group 1 Meets
Week 10: Oct 30
Group 2 Meets
Week 11: Nov 6
Group 1 Meets
Week 12: Nov 13
Group 2 Meets
Week 13: Nov. 20 - Thanksgiving Break – No Class
Week 14: Nov 27
Group 1 Meets
All paperwork, reports and logs are due by Friday, December 1, 2006.
Week 15: Dec 4
Group 2 Meets

Attendance Policy Repeated: We want to reiterate the importance of attendance. This is a practical class, meaning it requires involvement by the student in the class activities. If you miss those activities, regardless of the reason, then you have not participated in the practical aspect. Trying to just read, or watch to make it up is analogous to a basketball player informing his coach that he can’t make it to practice, but will gladly watch the video tape. He may get some information, but the training opportunity is lost when it comes to application. If you have to miss a class, let us know ahead of time or forfeit all points affiliated with that class. Obviously some things can not be predicted. Due to the structure and requirements of the class, missing two classes will result in not passing the class.

In coordination with the Disability Resource Center, reasonable accommodation will be provided for qualified students with disabilities. Please meet with the instructor during the first week of class to make arrangements. Accommodations and alternative format print materials (large print, audio, diskette or Braille) are available through the Disability Resource Center, located in the Taggert Student Center, room 104, phone number 435-797-2444.

Executive Memorandum 79-15
A student who has been unable to complete the work of course assignments, examinations, or reports due to extenuating circumstances such as illness, death in the family, etc. - but not due to poor performance of his/her work - and who has completed most of the coursework, may petition the instructor of the course for time beyond the end of the semester to finish the work. If the instructor agrees, the instructor will place two grades on the final grade list for the student, an "I" and a letter grade for the course computed as if the missing work were zero. The student is then required to complete the work in the manner and by the time agreed upon with the instructor, but, in any case, within 12 months of the end of the semester in which the I" was given. When the grade change is submitted by the instructor within the prescribed time, both the "I" and the grade submitted with the "I" will be removed from the student’s record, the new grade placed on the record, and the GPA adjusted accordingly. If no change of grade is submitted by the instructor within the prescribed period, the "I" will be removed and the grade submitted with the "I" will remain as the permanent grade for the course. Research and thesis courses taken for graduate work are exempted from this policy.

Criteria for the awarding of each letter grade should be specified in the course syllabi for all courses. Grades given in all courses should truly reflect differences in student performance, not just meeting minimum criteria.

Graduate Students - All graduate students must maintain 3.0 grade point average to remain an active student in the graduate program.

It is expected that students’ work will conform to the highest standards of academic honesty. Incidences of academic dishonesty (e.g., cheating on tests, plagiarism, lying to supervisors and cooperating teachers) will be referred to program committees for disciplinary action.

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