Clinical Mental Health Practicum Guide
Application for practicum is no longer required.
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.
Completion of most of your course work prior to your field experience will enrich your educational journey and is recommended. Completion of the following three courses prior to practicum is mandatory.
CNS 617: Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling
CNS 620: Laboratory in Counseling Techniques
CNS 622: Individual Theories of Counseling
A list of previous intern sites is located here.
Students are primarily responsible for selecting and obtaining the practicum 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.). Some sites used by previous Practicum students are listed under site information.
The supervisor must be an Ohio licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a supervision endorsement (PCC-s).
Student must have the opportunity to earn 100 total hours total in one semester. These 100 hours must include 40 direct service hours and 60 indirect service hours. This approximates 6-7 hours per week on site with 2.5 direct hours per week during Spring Semester. More hours are required per week during the Summer practicum.
Student 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.
NOTE: These numbers are MINIMUMS. Obtaining these numbers does not automatically terminate your obligation to your practicum or internship site. You must discuss your beginning and ending date with the on-site supervisor. If you have not completed your practicum requirements prior to the first day of internship class, you will be required to drop internship.
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 Counseling Association (ACA)
American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA)
Other related professional associations
Sometimes insurance is covered by the school or agency.
Licensing Requirements CMHC
Please check the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapy Board Web page for required paperwork for Counselor Trainee (CT) status and other paperwork.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are terminated from your practicum site, this may result in a fail grade in practicum. You must complete practicum successfully, in addition to other coursework, to be eligible for internship.
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