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Practicum or internship sites must:

  • Be pre-approved by faculty.
  • Serve persons within the specialty are of training (individuals with mental health conditions and/or disabilities, including developmental and/or psychiatric disabilities).
  • Have an individual at the site willing to accept a student and to provide one hour of face-to-face supervision per week. This individual providing supervision must have at least a Master’s Degree or higher in Rehabilitation Counseling (for the CRC program; CRC required), at least a Master’s Degree or higher in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (for the CMHC program; LCMHC supervisor required), or a closely related specialty area of counseling.
  • Have a signed and fully executed affiliation agreement between the UNC School of Medicine and the agency.
  • Be within one hour of travel time from the University.
  • Be recognized by state or federal licensure or accreditation by the accrediting body appropriate to that agency.
  • Be able to provide the student with a representative sample of the agency’s client population for counseling.
  • Allow students to record the counseling session (or an approved alternative).

Prior to entering practicum or internship, students must provide documentation of:

  • Enrollment in personal health and accident insurance
  • Immunization record as well as any other specific health record required by the clinical site
  • Results of Tuberculosis test
  • Current CPR certification
  • Record of Hepatitis B series (or waiver as appropriate)
  • Completion of OSHA training including blood borne pathogens and Tuberculosis/General Infection
  • Completion of HIPAA training
  • Results of drug tests and fingerprinting (if required)
  • Results of current criminal background check
  • Paid tuition receipt for CRMH 802: Practicum and CRMH 810-Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or CRMH 811-Internship in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling.
    • Internship given to division program assistant no later than the date of the first class of the semester when students are enrolled in these two courses.

All students need to complete the Clinical Training Requirements checklist, attach all documents to the checklist, and give the completed packet to the CRMH Program Assistant.  Incomplete packets cannot be accepted.  Additionally, students should keep originals or their own copies of all documents as they will be needed throughout the student’s time in the program.

Online Training

Students should contact the CRMH Program Assistant for any problems accessing the websites listed. Exam results for each section of the trainings should be printed and attached to the packet.  Some web browsers do not show all the materials.  Internet Explorer works for all the files.  Copies of completed Clinical Training documentation are due to the CRMH Program Assistant prior to beginning the Fall semester in year two. Failure to provide documentation by the due date will prevent students from beginning their Practicum/Internship placements. Additionally, it is important to note that students must maintain continuous coverage of all clinical training requirements as listed on the following pages, and students are responsible for giving a copy of their updated information to the Program Assistant to be placed in their permanent record as any changes occur.

Second-year student clinical requirements will be reviewed during the summer before fall semester. Failure to complete these requirements by the start of fall classes in year two and staying current throughout the time students are active in their clinical placements will prevent students from participating in their clinical placements and possibly delay their program until the course is offered again, which may be the following year.

A positive criminal background check may preclude students from participation in the clinical portion of the program. Students must complete the clinical components of the program in order to graduate. Active status for all requirements listed above will be reviewed for second year students during the summer before the fall semester begins. Any expired status in any requirement will prevent the student from entering or continuing their clinical placement.

Before students can enter practicum or internship, the clinical training checklist provided by the faculty clinical supervisor must be completed and uploaded to your profile on certified background. Students should keep a copy of all documents for further use. All clinical requirements are to be completed before the first day of class in the fall semester. If various requirements or certifications have expired (such as CPR certification/OSHA-HIPAA training, TB test) or if some requirements are missing students will not be allowed to begin their clinical placements.

When entering the program, even if certification or other requirements are not up for renewal, it is in the student’s best interest to renew requirements to meet the August deadlines so they will be in accordance with the CRMH schedule and therefore will have no delay entering practicum or internship. Students who withdraw from clinical experiences are responsible for renewing these requirements. All requirements must be updated and valid before students will be allowed to return to the clinical experience. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the selected practicum/internship site to determine if additional requirements or documentation are required. Students may not participate in dual capacities during practicum or internship. That is, they may not be employed at the agency, fulfilling employment responsibilities, while at the same time fulfilling training requirements in internship. Students may receive a paid stipend for a paid internship, but this stipend must be time limited and done in accordance with University policies concerning student training.