Rehabilitation 6140 – Practicum
Summer 2006

Class Time: June 12 – August 2, 2006 Campus Location: Monday or Wednesday Evenings Room #105 HSRC
6:00p.m. to 8:30pm

Instructors: 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

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

Christine Anderson, M.S., CRC


The Rehabilitation Counseling Practicum provides students with the opportunity to practice the theories, approaches, and skills developed in previous coursework and experiences. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a supervised field experience in a rehabilitation or related human service setting. The practicum experience is to be taken after the student has completed REH 6130 - Rehabilitation Counseling Skills Development Class. Students are expected to spend a total of 100 hours in an approved setting such as a state office of rehabilitation services, independent living center, Deseret Industries, Goodwill, a college or university disability resource center, a mental health facility, a supported employment training center, or other agency setting approved by the practicum instructors.

Goals / Objectives:

By the end of the Rehabilitation Counseling Practicum students will have developed and strengthened:

1. Interviewing and counseling skills. At least 40 hours of the Practicum time (100 total hours required) needs to be spent engaged in direct client service. This includes observing, providing, or assisting in facilitating, counseling focused activities, either group or individual.

2. The ability to conceptualize and integrate a client’s personal, social, vocational, medical and environmental situation.

3. The capability to understand and summarize agency file data concerning clients.

4. Effective case recording practices.

5. The ability to relate effectively with supervisors, professionals both within and outside the agency (i.e. larger community), and student peers.

6. The application of ethical standards in rehabilitation counseling.

7. The ability to assess and draw accurate inferences about clients from observing their behavior both inside and outside of the counseling situation.

8. The capability to interpret vocational tests and other information to clients and other professionals.

9. The ability to interact in a professional manner with personnel from a wide variety of community agencies.

Required Text: Intentional Interviewing and Counseling: Facilitating Client Development in a Multicultural Society, 5th Edition, by Allen E. Ivey & Mary Bradford Ivey.

Other Learning Aids, REQUIRED: Two blank mini-DV or VHS video tapes and a mini-DV or VHS recorder for taping counseling sessions. A DVD disk and recorder may also be used. (Note that either the DVD or mini-DV format is preferred.)


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 practicum university supervisor and site supervisor throughout practicum experience.

3. Attend and participate in weekly Practicum 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 activities 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, personal evaluation and requests for information or extra supervision. Logs should reflect work on practicum proposal and objectives. (Client’s Profile; Essential Information regarding Client; Disability Issues; Summary of Session; Student Reactions; Student Questions; Student Strengths for Working with this Client; Accomplishments?)

5. Video tape two counseling sessions 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 a minimum of 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 the first 20 minutes.
b. There must be adequate sound. If we can’t hear what is being said by both the counselor and the client, 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 will not 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, and the Consent to Counsel Form, and case conceptualization of the most relevant features of the client and counseling session along with the tape according to the class schedule to the university practicum supervisor. Mail to: Barbara Wheelwright, 6521 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-6521.

6. Complete and submit the required paper work by July 28. This includes the student evaluation (Form PA/PB-5), the field site evaluation (Form PA/PB-6), the Practicum Experience Time Sheet (Form PA/PB-9) and final comprehensive paper. Students are also responsible for giving their site supervisor Form PA/PB Form-7 with a copy of their practicum objectives in time for the supervisor to complete and submit to the university practicum supervisor by July 28.

Course Schedule:

June 12 or 14 Syllabus
1. Class Requirements-schedule for tapes
2. Case Conceptualization
3. SOLER Techniques

Counseling Tape Evaluations(All skill components should be covered from the 6130 Counseling Skills Development class)

June 19 or 21 Ethical Issues and Professionalism
1. Client Rights and Counselor Responsibilities
2. Responsibilities and Liabilities
3. Supervision

Counseling Tape Evaluations

June 26 or 28 Topics:
1. Clinical Reasoning
2. Supervision

Counseling Tape Evaluations

July 3 or 5 Counseling Tape Evaluations

July 10 or 12 Counseling Tape Evaluations

July 17 or 19 Counseling Tape Evaluations

July 26 (July 24 is a Utah State Holiday-no class will be held)
Counseling Tape Evaluations

July 31 or August 2 Issues, Successes, and Revelations of My Practicum: “What I learned from my practicum. What I realize I need to learn. What I would do differently if I had to do it all over again.”

Counseling Tape Evaluations

Student Evaluation:

The following are the expectations for student performance during the practicum:

1. Case Presentations (50 points=100 for two case presentations) - Each student will submit two videotaped counseling sessions, with a case conceptualization for each case. Students will video two counseling sessions with clients’ approval. The case conceptualization, student evaluation, site supervisor evaluation and the Consent to Counsel Form will be submitted to the university practicum supervisor for each of the videos. Both tapes will be digitized and evaluated by the instructors and peers. All videos will be destroyed at the end of the semester.

2. Peer Reviews (5 points each) – Each student will be expected to provide written evaluations of the videotaped counseling sessions of their peers. Copies of the evaluations should be emailed or mailed to the counseling student and university practicum supervisor.

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

4. Paper Work and Final Report (100 points) Students will complete forms (PA or PB 5, 6, 8, and 9) with required signatures and submit by July 28. Students are also responsible for giving their site supervisor Form PA/PB Form-7 with a copy of their practicum objectives in time for the supervisor to complete and submit to the university practicum supervisor by July 28.
Final Report: “Issues, Successes, and Revelations of My Practicum: “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 practicum experience, all learning experiences and success/efforts in fulfilling your practicum 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.

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