Designed to provide a forum in which the numerous aspects of mental health counseling field-work can be explored: this year-long proseminar is designed to provide a forum in which the numerous aspects of counseling fieldwork and professional identity can be explored and integrated. Students are expected to all be actively engaged in a field placement in which this class will also serve as a point for individual and group supervision. Open to counseling students only. Supervised field experience in a variety of settings approved by the adviser with appropriate supervision available on-site. This course monitors the New York State Education Department’s pre-graduation requirement for minimum of 600 supervised contact hours. This proseminar includes the professional requirement of group supervision. The readings will include topics such as: clinical supervision models and techniques, establishing the therapeutic relationship with the client, identifying one’s own orientation and therapeutic style, working within different mental health settings, when to make referrals, professional ethics, the process of terminating clients, multicultural and diversity issues, and numerous other clinical issues that arise. An emphasis will also be placed on the importance of a professional orientation and identity as a Mental Health Counselor including the steps required for licensure. The class is designed to stimulate discussion in an open format style rather than be a purely didactic experience and students are strongly encouraged to learn from each other through critiques and open feedback. Many clinical issues and topics will be explored and class discussions and group supervision will reflect the diversity of the class and the work each of you is doing on-site. (Note: Total supervised externship hours must meet MHC experience requirement of 600 hours or an Incomplete grade is given for this course).