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1 M.S. in Applied Psychology Clinical/Counseling Option Orientation

2 Program Overview Page 7 of Handbook Typical program is 52+ credit hours 2 ½ years Practicum placements the first 2 years Internship the last semester Fulfills educational criteria for LPC licensure in S.C. It is up to you to know criteria for licensure in other states.

3 CAMPP Council of Applied Master's Programs in Psychology Training criteria for masters-level, applied psychology training programs Advocacy and recognition of these programs Goals: Establishing general standards of education and training; Encouraging and helping training programs to meet these standards; Certifying compliance with the standards; Communicating with the public about these standards; Advocating for CAMPP programs to the professional psychology community.

4 CAMPP Training Standards A.Knowledge of general and theoretical psychology (5 specified areas) B.At least one course in methodology and/or statistics C.Applied psychology programs must include: Courses in theory, history, and application of principles 700 supervised hours with at least 40% client contact A course in ethics D.Knowledge of cultural and social diversity E.Training in assessment F.Students should have the intellectual and personal capabilities to be competent professionals. Admissions requirements Ongoing assessment of competence and aptitude G.Evaluation of students' competence H.Sufficient and adequate faculty

5 MPCAC Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council Accredits applied master’s programs in psychology Objectives: To promote high standards in masters-level programs To assist faculty, staff, and administration with resources and planning To use measured outcome criteria to evaluate programs To encourage improvement in the programs To cooperate with other agencies to encourage preparation for a variety of placements APA does not accredit masters programs

6 Program History Page 8 in Handbook 1976  Paraprofessional Option at FMU Development of M.S. program at FMU CAMPP was established in 1986. MPCAC developed later; FMU’s program was the first accredited program.

7 Course of Study Page 9 in Handbook Requirements Pages 10-12 Course descriptions (reprinted from FMU Catalog)

8 To stay up-to-date…

9 Academic Advisor: Wattles or Murphy Program Coordinator: Wattles Practicum/Internship Coordinator: Murphy Advising and Your Advisor Pages 13-15 in Handbook Program of Study  stick to model program outlines (pages 16-17) Potential delays and Program Progress Mid-semester advising is mandatory (dates are in FMU course schedule) CPI Training Be familiar with the FMU Catalog and the FMU Student Handbook.

10 Practicum Page 18 in Handbook Register for an intervention practicum each semester (600-C) 50+ clock hours Assessment courses also require a practicum (600-B) Intervention practica  the same placement for two semesters (= one placement each year) Role of Practicum Coordinator Required Paperwork

11 Internship Pages 18-24 in Handbook Read this section carefully! PSY 699-A, after all coursework is completed Individualized placement 600+ clinical hours (at least 40% direct client contact) Role of Internship Coordinator Requirements of site and supervisor Seminar Required Paperwork

12 Internship Pages 22-24 in Handbook Student liability insurance (next slide) Resources available to interns Graduation Must complete the FMU graduation application (procedures on p. 24)

13 Student Liability Insurance APA  $55/year for student membership + $35/year ACA  $92 for the length of graduate program (includes liability insurance) NAMP  $23-$35/ HPSO  SC rate approx $37/ American Professional Agency  $23-41/ * Prices are subject to change.

14 Recording Clinical Hours Page 24 in Handbook Paper logs Time2Track Access key = QASF-4378-XPHJ-6275

15 Applying for SC Licensure Pages 25-27 in Handbook LPC-I application LPC application National Counselor Exam (NCE) YOU are responsible!

16 Professional Ethics Pages 28-30 in Handbook M.S. program ethical guidelines for Clinical/Counseling Option FMU Student Handbook FMU Catalog American Psychological Association’s (2002) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct American Counseling Association’s (2005) Code of Ethics SC Code of Regulations and Code of Ethics for LPCs

17 Professional Ethics Professional ethics is not a matter of minimal compliance with codes and laws It represents a deep, personal commitment to be a virtuous clinician who strives for the ethical ideal.

18 Five Fundamental Ethical Principles Beneficence Nonmaleficence AutonomyJusticeFidelity

19 Nonmaleficence Do no harm For example, the duty to use only interventions that are not likely to harm clients Professionals use their power wisely so that clients, students, or research participants leave the experience at least no worse off than they began. Beware of damaging the public’s view of our profession, as folks might not seek services in the future!

20 Beneficence The responsibility to do good The duty to help not only clients, but also society in general Upholding professional ethics encourages the public to utilize our services. Professionals work within the boundaries of their competence and strive to promote the public welfare.

21 Autonomy Respect for the inherent freedom and dignity of each person The right to privacy Duty to obtain informed consent and to maintain confidentiality Limit: A person’s actions or intended actions cannot interfere with the freedoms of others.

22 Justice Obligation to: be fair and nondiscriminatory avoid bias be sure services are accessible to the public protect the public welfare and to actively combat discrimination

23 Fidelity Faithfulness to promises made Allegiance to the truth Placing clients’ interests ahead of your own Loyalty to clients and the profession

24 Codes of Ethics American Psychological Association (APA) The codes represent the official statements of the profession about what is expected of members American Counseling Association (ACA) The codes guide the professional through the most common pitfalls in practice

25 University Academic Information

26 Financial Assistance Pages 31-35 in Handbook Departmental assistanceassistance Assistantships and scholarships Complete the form EACH semester Student Loans Become friends with the Financial Assistance personnel!Financial Assistance FAFSA Residency (Admissions office) On- and off-campus job opportunities NHSC Loan Repayment ProgramLoan Repayment Program

27 Student Organizations Page 36 in Handbook Psychology Graduate Student Organization (PGSA) Psi Chi Online

28 Faculty

29 Appendices Appendix A: MSAP Forms (pp. 39-59) You must download the most recent forms from the websitethe website Appendix B: APA Ethics Code (pp. 60-76) Appendix C: ACA Ethics Code (pp. 77-101) Appendix D: SC Ethics Code for LPCs (pp. 102-106)

30 Signature Page Due by September 15 Due by January 31 for spring admissions

31 An Introduction to Professional Ethics

32 “Your Professional Face” Save the jeans and mini dresses for the club No low cut tops No flip flops Undergarments are meant to be under your clothing Refer to the dress code at your placement site Be neat and tidy Dress for success! Dress as if for church ADVICE FROM STUDENTS!

33 Social Media Never post anything online about a client!! Use the strongest privacy settings, but even then ALWAYS be careful what you post because you never know who will see it. You are always a professional, so no photos of drunken nights out, looking seductive, or kissy faces (no duck face!). Avoid checking your sites while on the job. ADVICE FROM STUDENTS!

34 Social Media It can be a slippery slope! Do not friend request clients or accept friend requests from clients (or friends/family of clients). Do not even go searching for clients on social networking sites. No creeping. Just say no to any form of relationship, romantic or otherwise, outside of the therapy relationship. “Abstinence from Self-Gratification” ADVICE FROM STUDENTS!

35 Avoid Multiple Relationships According to the American Psychological Association : A multiple relationship occurs when a psychologist is in a professional role with a person and: is also in another role with that person, is in a relationship with someone closely associated with or related to that person, or promises to enter into another relationship in the future with that person or someone closely associated with or related to that person. ADVICE FROM STUDENTS!

36 Avoid Multiple Relationships Multiple relationships can affect the therapeutic relationship and be harmful to clients. Professional’s judgment and objectivity are compromised: Power imbalance; Threat of self-interest; Conflict-of-interest Client’s responses are altered - “undue influence”: Emotional attachment; Trust; Confidence in mental health professional Examples: Friend and Counselor Business partner and Counselor Employee/Employer and Counselor Dating Partner and Counselor ADVICE FROM STUDENTS!

37 Confidentiality Definition “An ethical duty to keep client identity and disclosures secret” “Legal duty to honor the fiduciary relationship with the client” (Welfel, 2013, p. 118). Even minor details must be kept private. Limits Suspicion of child/elder abuse (any vulnerable individual) “Clear and imminent” danger to client or others ADVICE FROM STUDENTS!

38 Informed Consent Definition Explanation of the counseling process (Disclosure) Clients understand that they have the right to decide whether they want to receive those services (Voluntariness) It is a process, not simply something that happens at the outset of treatment. **Must explain limits to confidentiality during the consent process** ADVICE FROM STUDENTS!

39 Supervision Face-to-face contact between a supervisor and trainee in which the diagnosis and treatment of each client is reviewed. The supervisor provides guidance in treating, diagnosing, and dealing with clients. The supervisor reviews the trainee’s performance. ADVICE FROM STUDENTS!

40 Two Types of Supervision 1. Group supervision a) a regularly scheduled meeting of not more than 4 supervisees and a supervisor b) no less than 1 ½ hours 2. Individual supervision a) a meeting of 1 or 2 supervisees with a supervisor b) at least 1 hour

41 Benefits of Supervision You have a lifeline! You can provide better care to clients under the guidance of an experienced professional. Building skills: Working closely with another professional allows you to try and be introduced to other techniques. You can get your license! Completing required supervision hours helps you obtain your license. Take notes and actively participate in all supervisory experiences. In your supervision notes, there should be NO identifying data. Request that your supervisor look over them to insure that confidentiality and anonymity are protected. ADVICE FROM STUDENTS!


43 GRADUATION!! Always look ahead, toward

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