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HSCD 685 Practicum

This course provides students with opportunities to demonstrate the advanced knowledge and skills acquired during their academic coursework and practice by implementing them in clinical or community-based settings. The practicum experience requires students to demonstrate advanced competence in alcohol and drug counseling and co-occurring disorders counseling. Students complete internship hours in settings that provide opportunities for multicultural applications of evidence-based practices. The classroom portion of the course allows students to review and critically analyze client case conceptualization, counseling style, anti-oppressive practice, ethical issues, personal challenges and the practicum setting.


Special information

Note: This course replaces HSCD 681 and HSCD 682.
1-2 Graduate credits

Effective August 21, 2021 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Apply theoretical knowledge, clinical skills and therapeutic characteristics gained in master's studies in clinical settings under faculty and site supervision.
  • Reflect on clinical experiences and acculturation to the service provision profession and environment.
  • Enhance self-critique in the areas of counseling style, application of evidence based and culturally responsive care, anti-oppressive practice and ethical excellence.
  • Enhance self-care practices in support of clinical excellence and life balance.
  • Gain facility with case presentation for the purpose of receiving formative clinical supervision and mentorship.
  • Conduct advanced case conceptualization by applying various theoretical models related to human development and change as well as therapeutic intervention to increase understanding of clients and broaden repertoire of therapeutic skills while working with clients in practicum settings.