PC 411 Pre-professional Counseling Practicum I
PC 411 is offered in the Fall semester. Students are split into two groups that each meet once a week. Classroom experience includes learning and role-playing effective counseling techniques and skills such as listening, responding, and developing empathy. Small group interaction is emphasized.
Applied experience includes five to six hours per week of on site counseling at facilities such as schools, psychiatric wards, shelters, hospitals and hotline services. Students are expected to keep journals and present audiotapes of role-played counseling sessions for the instructor's evaluation.
This experience is conducive to students' growth as individuals and as a group. It prepares them for graduate study in Counseling, Clinical, and Social Work and/or to enter the work-force as effective counselors. This is designed to be a full year course; students enrolled in Pre-professional Counseling Practicum I are expected to register for Pre-professional Practicum II in the following semester.
PC 412 Pre-professional Counseling Practicum II
This course is offered in the Spring semester to students who have completed PC 411. Classroom experience emphasizes one-on-one and group counseling, with a concentration on Adlerian approaches to counseling. Role-playing is an important aspect of the classroom activity. Students view videos of counseling sessions and continue on-site counseling. Students are expected to keep journals and present audiotapes of role-played counseling for the instructor's evaluation.
PC 475 Internship in Applied Psychology I
PC 476 Internship in Applied Psychology II
Students may take advantage of this opportunity in either the Fall or Spring semesters. Prerequisites for an internship in a counseling or child development center are at least two of the following:
- Developmental I
- Developmental II
- Theories of Personality
- Abnormal Psychology
Students interested in interning in an industrial/human resources setting must have taken PC 309, Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Up to three internship credits can be applied toward the Psychology Major requirements at Stonehill. Additional internship credits count as electives. A three credit internship involves eight hours of work per week. The internship itself involves the student working in a facility, such as a mental hospital, clinic, school guidance center, personnel department, or another type of institution of interest. The student is able to observe and/or practice skills of a given field in a professional context. Listed below are some examples of internship placements that students have recently found. Please note that your options are not limited to the locations below. You are encouraged to pursue other placements of particular interest to you independently.
Some Sample Internship Opportunities:
- Hospital Settings
- Human Resources
- School and Childcare Settings
- Juvenile Justice