- The supervised practicum experience is required to be focused on Alcohol and Drug Counseling activities. MN Statutes 148C further define the focus of the practicum experience by the following:
- the student is supervised by a person either fully licensed (LADC, not temp.) by this chapter or exempt under its provisions, and
- the experience is in a program licensed (Rule 31) as a chemical dependency program, by the state of MN, and
- the experience is part of an accredited school or educational program of Alcohol and Drug Counseling. and
- the experience must contain a minimum of ten clock hours in each core function
- In addition to the requirements listed under #1 above, the Site Supervisor must:
- have at least an AA/AS degree. BA/BS degree is preferred.
- have minimum of four years of post LADC (not temporary lic.) experience providing direct alcohol and drug counseling.
- provide a minimum of 50 minutes of individual supervision for every 40 hours the intern is on-site. (BBHT)
- This supervision should be evenly distributed over the course of the student's practicum.
- At least 75% of this supervision is face-to-face.
- At least 50% of this supervision is on an individual basis (one-to-one).
- is not currently under investigation or had disciplinary, non-disciplinary corrective, or legal action taken against the supervisor by any person, for civil, criminal, or professional misconduct. (BBHT)
A student may complete their entire practicum experience at only one practicum site, particularly if the student is already employed at the site. If a student plans to do this, they should discuss it with the Faculty Supervisor. Do not assume this will be approved.
There are some practicum sites which may provide a good experience for the student but are too narrow in focus (i.e. do not provide experience in all 12 core functions). In this case, a second practicum site is required. Examples of these are: detox, school chemical health programs, assessment & referral, or intervention programs.