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									                              ASU-HPC-SUMMER 2008-COURSE SYLLABUS

Course: HPC 6900-101&102 Internship: Community Counseling
Room: ED 100C
Meeting Times: TBA (May 27, 2008-August 8, 2008)
Facilitator: Hakan Ersever, Ph.D.
Office: ED 102D
Telephone: Office: 828-262 6051
Office Hours: By appointment as needed.

Required Text: No text is required. Readings from books, journal articles, websites, and handouts may be
assigned throughout the internship.
Materials: Audio and videotapes, and access to appropriate technology.

Course Catalog Description/ Course Overview: On-the-job experience will be emphasized through placement
of students in appropriate human service agencies. Includes practice in the counseling and other helping skills
used in various agencies. Available primarily for Community Counseling majors. Graded on an S/U basis.
Prerequisites: HPC 5120, HPC 5220, HPC 5752, HPC 5790, HPC 5900 (Practicum in Counseling), HPC 6120,
HPC 6451 or concurrently enrolled and prior approval of the departmental chair; for community counseling
majors only.
 (Note: Some internship sites prefer or require courses in legal and ethical issues and/or advanced abnormal
psychology, or other cc courses.)

Course Goals: Internship is designed as the culminating experience of the counselor education program.
Effective counselors in community agencies need an in-depth background of knowledge, skills, and abilities in
order to serve the consumers of counseling services. These cognitive aspects must become interwoven with the
affective elements of the counselor’s personality to achieve maximum effectiveness. The internship experience
is designed to assist students in consolidating knowledge, applying skills and techniques, and organizing a
personal philosophy of counseling. Topics and issues covered in the internship will be examined from a
multicultural perspective, which emphasizes the differing experiences, cultures, histories, and perspectives of a
variety of ethnic, gender, racial, and social class backgrounds.
Students can expect to engage in field site experiences consistent with the activities of a regularly employed staff
member in a chosen setting. Experiences will be supplemented by discussions and assignments designed to help
integrate training knowledge and direct application.

Course Objectives:
1. To increase demonstrated proficiency in basic counseling skills through direct service work with clientele
   appropriate to one’s program emphasis.
2. To continue your awareness of multiculturalism in service delivery and the dynamics of the counseling
   process with diverse clientele with appropriate integration of multicultural knowledge into professional
3. Continue to develop and use a counseling theoretical approach, assessment, interventions/treatment planning,
   techniques stages of counseling, and professional growth and development in the understanding and
   utilization of the same in the counseling process.
4. To become familiar with a variety of professional activities in addition to direct service.
5. To gain supervised experience in the use of a variety of professional resources such as appraisal instruments,
   print and non-print media, professional literature, and research.
6. To show a deepening understanding of professional and ethical issues in the field.
7. To use feedback from on-site and program faculty supervisors and peers to enhance counseling and job-
   related skills.
8. To gain understanding and knowledge about a variety of community agencies.
9. To refine one’s ability to analyze, evaluate, and cope with professional issues.
10. To engage in self-evaluation through discussion and written reflection.
11. To learn and to follow agency policies and practices in the areas of confidentiality, accountability, and
    standards of professional practice.
12. To utilize a variety of treatment planning and case management/record keeping tools.

Course Requirements:
1. Student should have all necessary papers (as stated in the Community Counseling Practicum Internship
    Handbook) completed and handed at the beginning of the first class. If such paperwork is not completed by
    the third week of the semester the student may be asked to withdraw from the class for this semester.
   Please see Community Counseling website;
2. The student may sign up to 1-9 credits according to arrangements made his/her advisor, instructor, and site
    supervisor. For each credit hour, the student must complete 100 hours. Six credit hours of internship include
    600 clock hours, including 240 hours of direct client contact. The remaining 360 hours should involve
    opportunities for the internship student to become familiar with a variety of professional activities in addition
    to direct services. Internship is usually completed in one full-time semester or two half-time semesters of on-
    site work.
3. Students must have an average of one hour of weekly supervision with the on-site supervisor.
4. Read and discuss the ACA Code of Ethics and the NC Licensed Professional Counselor Act
5. Complete end of the semester evaluations of site, site supervisor, and instructor (for forms go to Community
    Counseling Website at; )
6. Attend all group (i.e. class) supervision meetings as scheduled for an average of one and one half (1 ½) hours
    per week of group supervision provided.
7. Each student is expected to hand in a copy of their professional disclosure statement by the second class
    meeting (date and time will be announced).
8. Each student is expected to maintain a daily log, listing all internship activities (including date, time, and
    activity). You are expected to provide your daily logs to the facilitator/supervisor at the end of your
    internship. Further instructions and due date will be announced.
9. Each student is expected to provide at least one case presentation for each class meeting, give a written report
    to the facilitator/supervisor, and receive feedback from the class members. Further instructions will be
10. Each student is expected to provide a weekly report of his/her internship activities (including date, time, and
    activities) to the facilitator/supervisor. Further instructions and due dates will be announced.
11. You are expected to share at least two (2) sessions of your audio and/or video taped counseling work with the
    group members. Further instructions will be provided to the students.
12. Each student is expected to write a detailed evaluative report concerning their process. Further instructions
    will be provided to the students.
13. At the end of the semester turn in the Record of Practicum/Internship & Supervisory Data, (for this form
    please go to )
14. Schedule at least one on-site visit by the university supervisor to meet with you and your site supervisor
    (unless a site visit is not appropriate because of distance or other factors).

Site Selection/Supervision: The internship site will be selected in conjunction with the student’s advisor and the
course instructor. It is incumbent upon the student to define clearly the goals, competencies, and experiences
she/he wishes to accomplish during the internship.
To qualify as an internship site, the agency must (1) have the capacity to enhance the student’s professional
development and career objectives, and (2) offer adequate supervision within the agency.
Adequate supervision means that the on-site supervisor must: (1) have at least a Master’s Degree in an
appropriate field, (2) have a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience, and (3) be apprised of the
program’s expectations, requirements and evaluation procedures for interns, and (4) be willing to take
supervisory responsibility for the intern consistent with these requirements.
In some cases these placements will be with agencies outside of the immediate Boone area. Ultimately, it is the
student’s responsibility, after consultation with and approval of the advisor and/or instructor, to make
arrangement with an agency for the internship. Part-time students already employed in agency settings may, with
permission, complete their internship within the context of their work setting.

Course Content/Structure/Methods of Teaching: Interns will engage in a variety of professional activities
designed to facilitate the transition from student to professional practitioner. This will include presentation and
discussion of cases from on-site experiences in a confidential manner as well as discussion of professional issues
and development.
The internship will include both content and experiential components. During class meeting, students will be
expected to engage in a variety of activities in order to experience various aspects of the counseling process.
These will include lecture, discussions of on-site issues and specialized topics, case presentations, role-playing,
simulations, listening to audio tapes, viewing videotapes, and receiving constructive critiques from the
facilitator/supervisor and/or other course participants, personal exploration activities, and journal keeping. Your
site supervisor has final say on instructing a student on handling a client issues.
In addition, students may ask to meet individually with the facilitator/supervisor on weekly basis. If you wish to
do that, please contact your facilitator/supervisor immediately. During the individual supervision meetings,
students will discuss personal counseling goals, general concerns, and any challenges they are concerned about.
Students must maintain confidentiality of all written, verbal, and electronic information and feelings shared
during class.
Audio/video sessions must have the prior written approved consent of the practicum site
administrator/supervisor, the client and/or a parent/guardian.
During the first class meeting, the class members will be deciding the class meeting dates and times. The
facilitator/supervisor will also be exploring the students’ expectations from this class. Due to students’ feedback
and input, a structured class schedule will be created. The facilitator/supervisor will be sending the updated
syllabus and class schedule to the students via email before the second class meeting.
As a participant of this course, you have the power to shape the course content by bringing related topics of your
interest, and your suggestions into the class meetings/discussions. Your input is valued highly, and crucial to the
optimum learning atmosphere of this course. I encourage each one of you to bring your unique ideas and
suggestions to the class meetings.
This syllabus is subject to change! Students will be informed in advance concerning changes.

Grades/Evaluation of Student Performance: Students in this course will be grades on a “S/U” basis. A passing
grade of “S” requires satisfactory completion of all assignments (case presentations, daily logs, weekly reports,
audio/video segments, class participation and attendance, and completion of all required hours, documentation,
and assignments), demonstrated growth of individual skills related to counseling process, and successful
integration within and completion requirements of the internship site.
Each student will be expected to complete the required internship activities and paperwork for class presentation,
discussion, and submission. Students are expected to complete all paperwork and documentation on time. Late
submissions will not be accepted. All work must be typed and professionally presented for feedback.
No Incompletes will be given for incomplete class or internship site requirements. Failure to complete all
requirements will result in a failing grade, “U”.
Class Attendance: Students are expected and required to attend all scheduled class meetings, and participate
actively in class by asking questions, giving feedback to the class members, and taking part in daily class
discussions in an atmosphere of mutual respect and professionalism. Each student is expected to be on time.
Only one absence is allowed with the prior notification provided to the facilitator/supervisor, and the lost time is
to be made up in an individual meeting with the facilitator/supervisor. It is the student’s responsibility to set up
the date and time, and acquire the assignments for the make up session.
Failure to notify the facilitator/supervisor prior to class will result in a failing (U) final semester grade. More than
one absence will result in a failing (U) grade. Notification can be communicated via telephone, email, or in
person. No Incompletes (I) will be given for this class.
The use of cellular phones, beepers, or other electronic devices is disruptive and prohibited.

Student Responsibility:
Students are expected to follow the ACA code of ethics, North Carolina Counseling Association code of ethics,
the Student Conduct rules and policies for Appalachian State University and HPC policy. If any ethical or legal
incident occurs or violation occurs a student is expect to follow the appropriate procedures and contact the
university supervisor. Several meetings maybe scheduled between the necessary parties to discuss the incident
and/or volition. If necessary appropriate actions will be taken to limit further harm to either the student, client,
site, site supervisor and/or university. If you should need to leave a site prior to the end of the semester
appropriate steps need to be followed see handbook.
You will read and abide by the Academic Integrity Code of the ASU Code of Student Conduct

Make sure your ASU e-mail account is working properly. You will be receiving important information
throughout the semester to your account.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities:
If you think you have a disability (physical, learning disability, hearing, vision, psychiatric) which may need a
reasonable accommodation, please contact the Office of Disability Services located in 222 D.D. Dougherty
Building as early as possible. As part of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of the
student to disclose a disability prior to requesting reasonable accommodation.

Liability Insurance:
Appalachian State University requires liability insurance coverage for all students enrolled in internship or
practicum courses. Appalachian State University participates in a student insurance program with other
constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina. The premium for insurance coverage is charged to
each student's account along with other registration fee. For more information on liability insurance coverage,
please go the Community Counseling website

Student Confidentiality: Any information about a class member will not be disclosed to third party members.
The facilitator and other class members will respect, and abide by the confidentiality policy of the institute.

During this course, as a student, as a future professional, and as a person, you will be exposed to various
sensitive/challenging topics, related videos, group discussions, and other material that will require you to make
personal evaluations/explorations. You are also expected to share your personal views and experiences with the
class/group members, and disclose some personal information if you wish to do so.
Your personal journey and contributions may create a personal challenge, put you in a vulnerable position, and
create personal discomfort. In short, there is a risk involved with being a class/group member. Same risk and
vulnerability also applies to the facilitator/supervisor as a group member.
I do see this vulnerability and personal challenges you encounter during your education as a necessary
component of your education, and your personal growth. Your personal contributions also help other class
members to grow as a professional and as a person.
As the facilitator/supervisor of this course, I choose the materials I use very carefully, and very professionally.
However, I can not control who will be personally offended and who will be comfortable with what is presented.
I do want every student to feel free to choose what they want to contribute, and what they do not want to
contribute personally to the class. If you feel any discomfort, you can always bring it to the group to be
evaluated. You may also choose to stay silent or leave the classroom environment.
If being a member of the class I am facilitating creates unbearable personal discomfort, you also have the
freedom to drop the class and take it from another professor. You also have the right to complain/express your
concerns about me or my class environment to the department chair and higher authorities.
Use your adult judgment to do the best for yourself. If you feel any discomfort during the class meetings, my
suggestion for each one of you would be to evaluate your discomfort and face the challenging issues for your
personal and/or professional growth. However, the choice is yours. I am confident that you will make wise
If you have any questions/comments about the above disclaimer or you would like more information added to it,
please feel free to bring your concerns to class members’ attention.

Cancellation Policy: Classes will only be cancelled if the university is closed. Class may be postponed in the
event of an emergency or sickness. If the facilitator/supervisor postpones the class, students will be notified
through a phone tree system. The facilitator/supervisor will call the first person on the list who will contact the
second person on the list and so on until each person is contacted. If a student cannot reach the person they are to
contact, he/she needs to contact the facilitator/supervisor stating the name of the student that could not be reached
and then contact the next person on the list. A phone tree list will be drawn up the first day of class and copies of
the phone tree list will be given during the second class. If any student is uncomfortable giving out his/her phone
number to the class, it is that student’s responsibility to let the facilitator know he/she does not want his/her name
on the list. Any class meetings which are postponed will need to be made up.

Important Websites:
American Counseling Association (ACA)       
American School Counseling Association (ASCA)
N.C. Counseling Association (NCCA)          
National Board for Certified Counselors     

Please inform me if you have special learning needs. I will do my best to accommodate legitimate needs.
I hope your experience in this course will be a meaningful one that contributes to your academic integrity,
and enhances your personal growth.
HPC 6900/Internship: Community Counseling/Summer 2008


      First Class Meeting: Friday, May 30th, 2:00-5:00pm; Room 100C
      Saturday, June 7, 2008; 10:00am-1:30pm; Room 100C
      Friday, June 27, 2008; 10:00am-1:30pm; Room 100C
      Friday, July 11, 2008; 10:00am-1:30pm; Room 100C
      Friday, July 25, 2008; 10:00am-1:30pm; Room TBA
      Friday, August 8, 2008; 10:00am-1:30pm; Room 100C


      First Class Meeting: Friday, May 30th, 2:00-5:00pm
      Friday, June 6, 2008; 2:00-5:30pm; Room 100C
      Friday, June 27, 2008; 2:00-5:30pm; Room 100C
      Friday, July 11, 2008; 2:00-5:50pm; Room TBA
      Saturday, July 26, 2008; 2:00-5:50pm; Room TBA
      Friday, August 8, 2008; 2:00-5:30pm; Room 100C

Please remember, this schedule is subject to change. Students will be informed in advance
concerning changes to this schedule.
As a participant of this course, you have the power to shape the course content by bringing
related topics of your interest, and your suggestions into the class meetings/discussions. Your
input is valued highly, and crucial to the optimum learning atmosphere of this course. I
encourage each one of you to bring your unique ideas and suggestions to the class meetings.
 HPC 6900/Internship: Community Counseling/Summer 2008
 Facilitator: Dr. O. Hakan Ersever
 The following six (6) dates are scheduled for make-up meetings. Please read and follow
 the instructions to make up a class meeting you have missed.


        Wednesday, June 18th, 2:00-5:30pm; Room TBA
        Thursday, June 26th, 9:00-12:30pm; Room TBA
        Wednesday, July 2nd, 2:00-5:30pm; Room TBA
        Thursday, July 10th, 9:00-12:30pm; Room TBA
        Friday, July 18th, 10:00-1:30pm; Room TBA
        Friday, August 1st, 2:00-5:30pm; Room TBA

 1) There will be no more than four (4) students for a make up meeting.
 2) You need to inform the facilitator/supervisor at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the
 date/time you want to make up, and receive a confirmation for the meeting.
 3) If there are more than four (4) students applying for the same date/time, the first four
 students that informed the facilitator/supervisor will be allowed for that make up meeting.
 3) If you do not contact the facilitator/supervisor and confirmed your make up date/time,
 you will not be admitted to the make up class. No “walk ins” will be allowed.
 4) Each student is required to present two (2) cases for the make up meeting. You need
 to make a copy of each Case Presentation Report for each participant. Contact the
 facilitator/supervisor to learn how many students will be participating in that make up
 5) You may be required to do additional assignments for the make up meeting. You will
 receive further instructions from the facilitator/supervisor.
 6) You need to be on time for the meeting. If you are late, you will not be allowed to
 participate in the meeting.
 7) You are not allowed to reschedule a make up meeting after you make the

 Please remember, this schedule is subject to change. Students will be informed in advance
 concerning changes to this schedule.
As a participant of this course, you have the power to shape the course content by bringing related topics
of your interest, and your suggestions into the class meetings/discussions. Your input is valued highly,
and crucial to the optimum learning atmosphere of this course. I encourage each one of you to bring your
unique ideas and suggestions to the class meetings.
ASU-HPC 6900/Internship: Community Counseling/Summer 2008
Facilitator/Supervisor: Dr. Hakan Ersever


Week of May 26-30: Monday, June 2nd, by 5:00pm (via email)

Week of June 2-6: Monday, June 9th, by 5:00pm (via email)

Week of June 9-13: Monday, June 16th, by 5:00pm (via email)

Week of June 16-20: Monday, June 23rd, by 5:00pm (via email)

Week of June 23-27: Monday, June 30th, by 5:00pm (via email)

Week of June 30-July 4: Monday, July 7th, by 5:00pm (via email)

Week of July 7-11: Monday, July 14th, by 5:00pm (via email)

Week of July 14-18: Monday, July 21st, by 5:00pm (via email)

Week of July 21-25: Monday, July 28th, by 5:00pm (via email)

Week of July 28-August 1: Monday, August 4th, by 5:00pm (via email)

Week of August 4-8: Friday, August 8th, by 5:00pm (via email)

ASU/HPC 6900/Internship: Community Counseling
Facilitator: Dr. Hakan Ersever

                              WEEKLY INTERNSHIP REPORT
Each intern will keep a daily log/journal of the internship experience and submit a brief
summary to the ASU internship supervisor every week via email using this format.

Name: __________________________________ Site: ________________________

For period starting: ___/____/____           For period ending: ___/____/____

Date report submitted: ___/___/___

Number hours worked during this period: ______

Direct Service hours: ______                  Indirect Service hours: ______

Site supervision hours: ______

Total hours of internship to date: _______

Summary of Activities/Responsibilities:

The following page contains “Internship Site Information” form.
Please make sure to print and complete the form, and hand it to your faculty
supervisor by the second class meeting.

   For Group-I Saturday, June 7, 2008; 10:00am-1:30pm; Room 100C
   For Group-II Friday, June 6, 2008; 2:00-5:30pm; Room 100C
ASU/HPC 6900/Internship: Community Counseling
Facilitator: Dr. Hakan Ersever
                                                            Name _________________________

(To be completed and handed in to the facilitator/supervisor by second class meeting)

I. If you have access to pamphlets, brochures, and any other written/printed information about
   your practicum site, please provide them to your supervisor.

II. Name, address, phone, fax, website of the agency/organization:

III. Name, title, address, phone, fax, website of the site supervisor:

IV. Directions/detailed map to the internship site:
The following page contains “Case Presentation Report” form.
Each student is expected to bring one case and presented to the group for each
class meeting.
Please print this form, complete it and make copies for each group member.
In addition to verbal feedback, each group member will give written feedback to
the presenter using this form. The presenter will receive this form back from the
group members.

(Each student is free to bring additional topics to the group to discuss. If you
choose to do that, please type a short outline of the subject, and make a copy for
each group member.)
ASU/HPC 6900/Internship: Community Counseling
Facilitator: Dr. Hakan Ersever

                                Case Presentation Report
Complete this form using complete sentences and bring a copy for everyone in class each time
you present a case.

Counselor’s Name: __________________         Date of Case Presentation: ___________________

Client Synonym Name: _______________         Clients Age: ________

Number of Sessions: ______

Background information about the client (previous assessment/interventions/treatment goals):

Reason for attending counseling today (in the client’s words):

Reasons for presenting this client (how can we help you?):

What have you observed about the client? And what has the client observed about themselves?

What are the client’s strengths?
What is your conceptualization of this client, including your theoretical perspective (treatment
modality, treatment techniques and theory)?

What are the client’s goals and objectives?

What is the client progress?

What will you do next session (future plans/expectations)?

What are professional and personal challenges/concerns working with this client?

Suggestions and comments from supervision
The following page contains “Daily Log of Internship Hours” form.
Each student is expected to keep a daily log of his/her internship activities.
You may use a different form as long as it reflects similar information.
You are to keep the daily log throughout your internship and hand a copy of
your cumulative record to the university supervisor at the end of your internship
with other forms.
    ASU-Human Development & Psychological Counseling Department, Boone, NC 28608
                     DAILY LOG OF INTERSHIP HOURS
                  SUMMER 2008: May 27, 2008-August 8, 2008
Student’s Name: __________________________________________
Internship Site: ___________________________________________

 DATE       * DIRECT      INDIRECT       INDIVIDUAL          GROUP       TOTAL
             HOURS         HOURS

Student Signature: ________________________________________
Site Supervisor Signature: __________________________________
University Supervisor Signature: ____________________________


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