Your field placement experiences are invaluable opportunities to put theory into action. Field placements are practica and internship classes that give you a chance to experience firsthand what you've been reading about in textbooks and discussing in class. No amount of reading, role playing, or talking "about" counseling can substitute for working with people in the "real world".
Your field placement experiences are designed to be a bridge between theory and practice. They are critical components of your graduate training. It is your responsibility to understand the expectations of the practica and internship courses and how to secure an appropriate placement site in a timely manner.
Part 1: General Information
- During fall and spring semesters, all field placement hours must be accrued within the confines of the semester dates. You cannot begin to accrue placement hours prior to the beginning of the semester, and all hours must be completed by the end of finals week for the semester.
- Begin your field placement search early. Along with our department, students from various other departments and universities are vying for field placements throughout the community. Permits for field placement courses are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. These courses can fill up quickly and we cannot exceed the enrollment cap in these courses.
- All students are required to maintain professional liability insurance. Each student in the RMHC program is covered through the University of South Florida Health Sciences Center Self-Insurance Program pursuant to Florida Statutes §§768.28 and 1004.24. Such professional liability protection has limits of $1,000,000.00 per claim and $3,000,000.00 per occurrence. USF will maintain such insurance in effect at all times that students are assigned to a field placement agency.
- Students are responsible for all costs associated with finger printing and background checks.
- If you are considering being placed at a private practice location, you must meet face-to-face with Dr. Amanda DePippo, prior to submission of a Field Placement Application.
- Failure to submit a Field Placement Application for Practicum II by the deadline specified in the Field Placement Announcement, may result in available seats in Counseling Theories and/or Psychopathology (both required pre-requisites/co-requisites) being released to other students. If this occurs, your placement will be denied.
- Occasionally, you will find it necessary to change your placement location. You must contact Dr. Amanda DePippo prior to doing so. If approved, a new Field Placement Application must be submitted electronically - no exceptions. It is your responsibility to verify receipt.
- Attempting to have a new site become an affiliated one can be a time consuming process. Begin this process as soon as possible or you may risk being unable to enroll in a practicum or internship class.
- We encourage you to remain at the same site for both practicum classes. This is a recommendation, not a requirement.
- You are required to electronically re-submit a new Field Placement Application.
- Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate Students: contact Dr. Ryan Henry for information pertaining to practicum sites and contact hours.
Part 2: Steps to Register for Field Placement
- View Field Placement Podcast
- View approved field placement sites using the Intern Placement Tracking (IPT) system. If you need help with your password please contact Dr. Amanda DePippo.
- Select and contact the site(s).
- Choose the Practicum/Internship course section for which you would like to register.
- Submit the Field Placement Application.
- Register for your Field Placement.