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Multnomah’s MAC program includes the application of theory in direct clinical experience. While enrolled in clinical courses, students have the opportunity to provide direct clinical service to clients in community agencies approved by the school. This hands-on training augments and enhances the academic knowledge in the classroom. The training received at an approved site is interchangeably termed clinical placement, field placement, or internship. It is through these designated training agencies that students obtain their hours of clinical experience.
Approximately one year into the program, students may begin their clinical training at approved internship sites. Before starting internship, students will complete a Practicum course, obtain malpractice insurance, attend an information session about internships, and receive evaluations from program faculty. This is all to ensure students’ readiness to attend a clinical internship.
During practicum and internship, students will obtain a minimum of 300 direct client hours and of 700 total hours. These standards are based upon Oregon requirements and experience needed for students to meet criteria as beginning counselors.
Multnomah’s MAC department provides internship support services which includes some of the following:
- Personalized internship preparation meeting
- Resume or CV development assistance
- Interview skills development
- Connections to community providers
During the personalized internship preparation meeting, each student will receive the “Approved List of Internship Sites.” This list provides a valuable link to community resources and professional activities for students and assists students in acquiring supervised clinical experience (internships) in qualified training agencies throughout Oregon and Washington. Students also have the option to research and find new sites that are particularly interesting to them, although each site must be approved by the MAC Department before students can begin training at any site.