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Practicum Experiences

Students complete a minimum of 800 hours of fieldwork and practicum. Students who anticipate applying for counselor licensure in certain states may complete 1000 hours or more, depending upon state requirements.

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Head Start Fieldwork

All students begin their first year in the program by completing 200-300 hours of work in Head Start facilities in a program called SIUE-Art Enrichment. In this program students have an opportunity to work directly with pre-school children in lower socio-economic, inner city areas. This initial experience is completed in concert with coursework in developmental theory, assessment, counseling theory and counseling techniques. In this setting students learn basic observation skills, develop goals and objectives for work with specific behaviors, establish therapeutic relationships with young children, set boundaries, and apply techniques of art, play, and counseling. Students will be guided in learning how to use supervision for support and will learn the complexities of completion of paperwork for federally funded grants. Weekly supervision is a part of this program. One hundred of these hours can count toward Art Therapy Fieldwork, and the remainder of the hours can be counted toward a counseling practicum.

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2nd & 3rd Year Intensive Practicum Experiences

During the second year of the program, practicum experiences are individualized for each student, depending upon the student's research and clinical interests. All students will complete one intensive practicum with children or adolescents, and one with adults. Students can choose from over 75 practicum sites in the St. Louis metropolitan area and Illinois. This is a more intensive experience requiring 15-25 hours per week on site. Practicum supervision groups meet weekly to address problems and issues that arise on site, and students are also supervised on-site either by an art therapist or by a Master's level clinician in a related field.

Practicum Sites

Practicum sites vary with each semester, and new agreements with agencies can be initiated at any time. Practicum affiliations currently held with SIUE include:

  • Alternative School
  • Annie's Hope
  • Barnes Jewish Hospital - Arts as Healing
  • Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative
  • Bridges Community Services - Turner Center for the Arts
  • Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital
  • Castlewood Treatment Center
  • Catholic Children's Home
  • Center Point Hospital
  • Chestnut Health System
  • Children's Advocacy Center
  • Children's Center Behavioral Development
  • Children's Home and Aid Society of Illinois - CHASI
  • Community Link
  • Covenant House
  • Doorways
  • Edgewood Children's Center
  • Every Child's Hope
  • Family Hospice of Belleville
  • Family Resource Center
  • Florissant Valley Community College
  • Friends of Kids with Cancer
  • Gateway Regional Medical Center (formerly St. Elizabeth's Ketteler Center)
  • Haven of Grace
  • Hawthorne Children's Psychiatric State Hospital
  • Hope Lodge
  • Human Support Services
  • Illinois Center for Autism
  • Juvenile Transitional Center
  • Jefferson Elementary School - St. Louis Public School
  • Lydia's House
  • Madison County Community Counseling
  • Madison County Detention Home
  • Madison Student Support Center
  • McCallum Place
  • McKnight Place Extended Care
  • Missouri Department of Social Services - Division of Youth Services
  • Motivational Achievement Center
  • Oasis Women's Center
  • Parc Provence
  • Queen of Peace
  • Ranken Jordan
  • Safe Connections
  • SIUE East St. Louis Charter School
  • Siteman Cancer Center Barnes Jewish Hospital
  • St. Anthony's Health Center
  • St. Elizabeth's Hospital - Belleville
  • St. Francis Assisted Living
  • St. John's Mercy Medical Center
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital
  • St. Louis Association for Retarded Citizens
  • St. Louis Crisis Nursery
  • St. Louis Society for Blind and Visually Impaired
  • St. Louis Society for the Physically Disabled
  • St. Louis University
  • St. Michael School
  • St. Patrick's Center
  • St. Peters Community Art Center
  • St. Vincent's Children's Home
  • Support Innovations
  • Tenet Institute (Hospital)
  • Transitions (Formerly Riverbend Head Start & Family Services)
  • Tri-County Counseling Center
  • Unity Hospice
  • Victim Services
  • Violence Prevention Center of South Western Illinois]
  • Wellspring Academy
  • Wings - BJC