Matching Goals, Developing Skills, and Getting the Most out of Clinical Placements

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In B. Erford (Ed.). Clinical experiences in counseling. Columbus, Ohio: Pearson.

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Here are the hands-on skills and practical, nitty-gritty information interns and practicum students need to successfully complete their clinical experiences—and proudly join the counseling profession with confidence. This guide helps prepare students for the day-to-day experiences they are likely to encounter in their fields by bridging the gap between theory and practice at the most critical juncture of their training—practicum and internship. Clinical Experiences in Counseling is designed to accompany students as they advance through practicum and internship, covering the hands-on elements of practice in agencies and schools that are often missing from the theory-based courses. It’s packed with case examples, self-assessments, activities, and “voices from the field” to help orient clinical students to the field and to provide them with the day-to-day information they need to survive and thrive.