Leadership for Diverse Communities
COUN 269: Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling
California State University, Fresno
Fall 2006

Course Description
The internship program is a joint undertaking of the rehabilitation counseling program and rehabilitation agencies including the California Department of Rehabilitation. The internship typically takes place over one academic semester and consists of 40 hours per week over 16 weeks for a total of 640 hours. Internship constitutes an extension of educational activities into the daily delivery of services to people with disabilities. Students are governed by the requirements and policies of their host agency, as well as those of the course and university.

What You Will Need to Buy for this Course
Required Readings
Baird, B.N. (2005). The internship, practicum, and field placement handbook: A guide for the helping professions (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.
Liability Insurance
All students must carry professional liability insurance for the duration of the course. Healthcare Providers Service Organization offers reasonably priced liability coverage for students, which you may purchase online at You must bring proof of coverage to class prior to beginning your fieldwork placement. You will not be able to see clients until I have this documentation on file.
Primary Learning Objectives
1. To provide an opportunity to apply in a practical setting the knowledge the student has gained through academic and other experiences.
2. To provide a means of evaluating the student’s professional growth and development.
3. To provide for learning through direct experience.
Course Requirements
1. Complete at least 600 hours of supervised practice in an approved internship site. Students must receive the university supervisor’s approval before making any contact with potential sites.
2. Attend monthly group supervision meetings with other interns and the university supervisor.
3. Turn in weekly logs that discuss your activities for the previous week. Each week’s log is due by 9 AM the following Monday. You should provide a hard copy of each log to your onsite supervisor.
4. At the instructor’s discretion, meet with the instructor individually at least once a month to discuss professional issues and review student progress. (Interns working outside the Fresno area will meet with the instructor by phone.)
5. Meet with the instructor and onsite supervisor at least once during the semester to review the student’s progress in the internship, and more often as necessary.
6. For each class meeting, submit a reading reaction essay that applies one of the chapters under discussion to your particular internship and presents a question or comment that expresses an opinion or a desire for clarification or further information.
7. If class time permits, present at least one case for class discussion.
Course Evaluation
This is a pass/fail course. The determination of a pass or fail is made by the instructor based on the evaluation of the site supervisor and the instructor’s assessment of the student’s professional growth and development over the course of the internship. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THE COURSE LIGHTLY DUE TO THE PASS/FAIL GRADING SYSTEM. STUDENTS HAVE FAILED INTERNSHIP.
Course and University Policies
Students with Disabilities: I wish to fully include persons with disabilities in this course and provide reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities. If you have disability-related needs as outlined in the Americans With Disabilities Act, please contact Services to Students with Disabilities in Madden Library 1049 (278-2811) for academic and other support services.

Disruptive Classroom Behavior (from the Provost’s Office): "The classroom is a special environment in which students and faculty come together to promote learning and growth. It is essential to this learning environment that respect for the rights of others seeking to learn, respect for the professionalism of the instructor, and the general goals of academic freedom are maintained. . . . Differences of viewpoint or concerns should be expressed in terms which are supportive of the learning process, creating an environment in which students and faculty may learn to reason with clarity and compassion, to share of themselves without losing their identities, and to develop an understanding of the community in which they live. . . .Student conduct which disrupts the learning process shall not be tolerated and may lead to disciplinary action and/or removal from class."

Cheating and Plagiarism (from the Provost’s Office): “Cheating is the actual or attempted practice of fraudulent or deceptive acts for the purpose of improving one's grade or obtaining course credit; such acts also include assisting another student to do so. Typically, such acts occur in relation to examinations. However, it is the intent of this definition that the term 'cheating' not be limited to examination situations only, but that it include any and all actions by a student that are intended to gain an unearned academic advantage by fraudulent or deceptive means. Plagiarism is a specific form of cheating which consists of the misuse of the published and/or unpublished works of others by misrepresenting the material (i.e., their intellectual property) so used as one's own work." Penalties for cheating and plagiarism range from a 0 or F on a particular assignment, through an F for the course, to expulsion from the university. For more information on the University's policy regarding cheating and plagiarism, refer to the Schedule of Courses (Legal Notices on Cheating and Plagiarism) or the University Catalog (Policies and Regulations).”

Computers: Fresno State policy requires each student to have or have personal access to a computer, including a modem, printer, recommended software, and the necessary links to the university's information resources. Computers and support are available through INTERESC in ED 420.

You will need an e-mail account and Blackboard access for this course. The university provides free e-mail accounts to students. Sign up online at if you do not already have a CSU Fresno account. Blackboard requires the use of a username and password. To access Blackboard, go to, click on Shortcuts, and choose Blackboard. Free Internet access is available from CVIP (

All assignments must be typed. I will not accept handwritten work.
Course Schedule
Except for the semester wrapup, internship meetings will be held in ED 14 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.

Sept. 1 Syllabus and course expectations; group supervision Ch. 1, 2, 4, 5
Oct. 13 Group supervision; case presentations Ch. 3, 6, 7
Nov. 3 Group supervision; case presentations Ch. 8, 9
Dec. 1 Group supervision; case presentations Ch. 10, 11, 12
TBD Semester wrapup
Subject to Change
This syllabus and schedule are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.

COUN 257 Extra Credit Book List
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Barbara Ehrenreich
An eye-opening look at the experience of trying to survive on low-wage jobs.

Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man
Susan Faludi
Faludi examines what she considers the collapse of traditional masculinity and its effect on working men in America.
Naked in the Promised Land
Lillian Faderman
This compelling memoir deals with many often-overlooked aspects of diversity: sexual orientation, religious and cultural identity, poverty, immigration, illiteracy, and mental illness, among others.
I Begin My Life All Over: The Hmong and the American Immigrant Experience
Lillian Faderman and Ghia Xiong
Oral histories from Fresno-area Hmong residents. Ghia Xiong is a graduate of Fresno State’s CSER department.
Strangers Among Us: Latino Lives in a Changing America
Roberto Suro
A Washington Post reporter discusses the critical issues facing Latino immigrants to the United States.
A Hope in the Unseen
Ron Suskind
This book follows a Black teenager from his inner-city DC neighborhood to Brown University and the Ivy League.
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
David Shipler
Interviews with working people who live so close to the edge that a seemingly minor problem such as a car repair bill can lead to an irreversible downward financial spiral.
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
Beverly Daniel Tatum
A discussion of racial identity development that primarily focuses on the adolescent years.
Rain of Gold
Victor Villasenor
Villasenor recounts the struggles of three generations of his family in Mexico and the U.S.

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