At many points along the way, you will have the opportunity to assess whether you wish to continue pursuing a degree in this field. Nowhere is this more true than in the Supervised Clinical Practicum coursework. This is where the academic foundation you've built, the skills you've developed, and the values and beliefs you hold interface with the workplace. Each Supervised Clinical Practicum provides an opportunity for you to assess if this is working for you. The Clinical Supervision experience offers a protected environment of supervision by the college and the agency where you can analyze your commitment to the field.
A grade of "C" or better in your HSP classes is required before you take HSP 291.
HSP 291 is the first of your supervised clinical practicum experiences. It requires you to work 150 hours during the quarter in a setting where you are under supervision and which has been approved by your TCC supervisory. The focus of HSP 291 is on integrating oneself into the workplace. The weekly seminars offer helpful suggestions and discussions on how establishing a good working relationship and reawakening your communication skills. Reviewing your HSP 103 notes and tapes has proven helpful to many students to refresh their interviewing and counseling skills. A grade of "C" or better is required to progress to HSP 292.
HSP 292 requires 150 hours of supervised work experience approved by your school supervisor. The focus of the HSP 292 weekly seminars shifts to your case conceptualization and management skills. Students will present cases they are working with to receive feedback and to strategize their work. Other pertinent professional issues may also be discussed as related to students' experiences. Again, successful completion ("C" or better) is required before moving on to HSP 293.
HSP 293 is your final clinical practicum experience and again requires 150 hours of supervised work. The focus of HSP 293 is on integration of your experience with your learning to form a personal theory of counseling. Weekly seminars will alternate between discussing sections of your personal theory and issues that arise from the field. Helping you to synthesize theories and techniques into a working model is our goal for this quarter.
Supervised Clinical Practicum should be an exciting and invigorating time for you. Without a doubt, it will provide you with essential information about yourself, your desires, and your abilities. It sometimes happens that you and your supervisor become aware during a practicum that you need to do some additional coursework or personal work on yourself before pursuing another placement. This should not be looked upon as a negative outcome of the placement, but rather as evidence of the importance of practicum settings to the learning experience. The program is designed to give you every opportunity to build on your abilities, to be successfully employed, and to maximize your effectiveness. If that means taking a bit more time to accomplish these goals, it's time that will not be wasted.