The Internship, Practicum, and Field Placement Handbook offers real-world knowledge of the skills interns in the helping professions need through every phase of their internship, practicum, or field placement. The focus is on topics that may not have been addressed or fully developed through regular academic coursework: meeting clients, fees for service, supervision, ethics, legal issues, diversity, clinical writing, case notes and clinical records, personal safety, self-care, advocacy, technology, termination, and planning for the future.

Every phase of the internship is discussed sequentially, from finding and preparing for placements to concluding relationships with clients and supervisors. Drawing from the fields of psychology, counseling, social work, school counseling, and psychiatry, this edition has been thoroughly updated with the latest research and clinical literature, ethical codes of the leading professions, and legal and regulatory developments at federal and state levels. This edition also features up-to-date coverage of remote education, training, supervision, and practice as impacted by Covid-19 and technological changes. Diversity awareness and insights are woven through every element of the text, taking into account recent developments such as Black Lives Matter, the MeToo movement, gender identity awareness. Other emerging issues are also addressed, including the impact of the opioid epidemic and substance abuse deaths and the ethical/legal issues that may arise relating to reproductive health and abortion related legislation. In-text exercises and thought problems are incorporated into each chapter for students to develop insights and skills. Eleven online appendices are also included, containing learning plans, supervision agreements, evaluation forms, and ethical guidelines that students will need in preparation for the next phase of their training.

The Internship, Practicum, and Field Placement Handbook is an invaluable resource for students, faculty, and supervisors engaged in the challenging experience of transitioning from academia into clinical training in the field.

chapter 1|11 pages


chapter 2|26 pages

The Adventure Begins

chapter 3|15 pages

Internship Classes and Peer Groups

chapter 4|71 pages

Ethical and Legal Issues

chapter 5|37 pages


chapter 6|25 pages

Diversity Considerations in Practice

chapter 8|54 pages

Stress and Self-Care

chapter 9|30 pages

Assault and Other Risks

chapter 10|19 pages

Closing Cases

chapter 11|11 pages

Finishing the Internship