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Field Experience

Field experience is designed as the final learning experience and provides the opportunity to integrate and practice learning obtained throughout the degree/certification program.

All students enrolling in a field experience for the first time are required to attend a Field Experience Orientation meeting (consult Counselor Link for meeting dates and information). 

Course Requirements

The field experience provides a supervised clinical placement for students in the clinical mental health and school counseling programs. Clinical Mental Health Counseling students and School Counseling students are required to complete a 600 hour field experience. Students may complete the hours in one semester (600 hours) or over two semesters (300 hours each semester). The exact plan and scope of the field experience will be determined by the field experience student, faculty supervisor, and site supervisor on an individual basis.

Even though the field experience is scheduled as one of the last classes in a student’s program, early planning is necessary. Students should read the Field Experience Handbook and other documents below to understand the requirements.

Spring and Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Field Experience Handbook

Summer 2015, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Field Experience PowerPoint Presentation

Annual Field Experience Planning Schedule

Unofficial Database of Sites with Affiliation Agreements 

Field Experience Logs

Field Experience Students are required to document their hours. Students should download and use the log for School Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Students who are continuing their field experience in a second semester should download and use the log for Continuing School Counseling or Continuing Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lorraine J. Guth at

  • Department of Counseling
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 206B
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2306
  • Fax: 724-357-7821
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.