Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship Guide
Internship is the second and final field experience in the Counselor Education Program at Cleveland State University, and is intended to provide students a supervised learning experience to develop and demonstrate the required skills and knowledge for the setting and population of his or her eventual placement. A site should be chosen for both the service they provide to their clients/students and for the learning opportunities they provide to the intern. Internship is offered starting in Fall semester (CNS 686) and ending in Spring semester (CNS 687). Please click on forms to retrieve them.
Completion of all your course work prior to your internship experience will enrich your educational journey and is recommended. Completion of the following courses prior to internship is mandatory.
CNS 611: Appraisal in Counseling
CNS 617: Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling
CNS 620 :Laboratory in Counseling Techniques
CNS 622 : Individual Counseling: Theory and Process
CNS 623 : Group Process and Practice
CNS 629 : Clinical Mental Health Counseling
CNS 706 : Psychopathology and Diagnosis for Counselors
CNS 680 : Counseling Practicum (Must be completed prior to first day of internship)
Some of the following courses may be taken concurrently with internship.z
CNS 604 : Cultural and Social Foundations in Counseling
CNS 624 :Career Development and Information Services
CNS 650 : Case Studies and Interventions
CNS 701-703 : Assessment (2 courses required)
CNS 709 : Psychopharmacology for Counselors
CNS 712 : Theories of Personality and Counseling
ALD 603 : Life Span Development
EDB 601 :Educational Research
An internship application is due prior to the intended year of internship. The application must be signed by your advisor. The application is available on this page.
All students planning to take practicum in Spring or Summer must attend an orientation meeting which is held during the Fall. Please check News and Announcements on the counseling Web page for date, time, and location of the meeting.
Interns are primarily responsible for selecting and obtaining the internship site. This is to provide students the opportunity and flexibility to find a site most suited for their unique needs (e.g., geographic location, work requirements, family responsibilities, etc.)
The supervisor must be an Ohio licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a supervision endorsement (PCC-s).
Intern must have the opportunity to earn 600 total hours total in two semester. This means 300 (120 direct; 180 indirect) hours per semester. These 600 hours must include 240 direct service hours and 360 indirect service hours. This approximates 20 hours per week on site with 8 direct hours per week.
Intern must be able to record at least 6 counseling. You must have the client and/or guardian sign the Consent to Tape Form before taping the session.
Please check on appropriate dress code for your site. Deep cut tops, overly tight clothing, see through clothing, flip-flops, sweat pants are deemed inappropriate.
Must attend weekly classes in addition to site requirements.
Course instructors will provide you with additional requirements to complete the practicum.
All students in the program are required to have liability insurance for the duration of practicum. Most professional organizations include liability insurance in their student memberships. Some suggested insurance carriers are:
Some suggested insurance carriers are:
American School Counseling Association – www.schoolcounselor.org
Other related professional associations
Sometimes insurance is covered by the school or agency
Liability insurance obtained for practicum will expire during internship. Please make necessary arrangements to renew in a timely manner
Licensing Requirements CMHC
Please check the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapy Board Web page www.cswmft.ohio.gov for required paperwork for Counselor Trainee (CT) status and other paperwork. You are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) during your final semester of classwork.
NOTE: If you are terminated from your internship site, this will be considered an automatic failure to complete internship requirements. You must complete internship successfully, in addition to other coursework, to graduate..
Cleveland State University
College of Education and Human Services
Counseling, Administration, Supervision,
and Adult Learning
2121 Euclid Avenue
Julka Hall 275
Cleveland, OH 44115
Julka Hall 275
2485 Euclid Avenue
Tel: (216) 687-4613