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Clinical Experience

The Counseling and Art Therapy program provides a comprehensive practicum and internship program designed to help students gain practical experience in a variety of settings with different populations. Students complete 840 hours overall. Clinical hours are completed in four segments over one and a half to two years. Students first complete a 40 hour pre-practicum in Clinical I, followed by a 100 hour practicum in Clinical II. Students then complete two 350 hour internships that may be spread over two or more semesters for a total of 700 internship hours. 

The Ursuline program has access to the wide range of hospital and community based settings in the greater Cleveland and surrounding areas, with over 200 possible sites available to students. Students are provided with a listing of placement options and are encouraged to make site visits to different settings where they will meet counselors and art therapists and learn about their roles in each particular work setting. Settings include, but are not limited to, community mental health centers, residential treatment centers, hospitals, and schools. New sites are being added all the time, and prospective site supervisors may contact the Clinical Director for information about becoming a placement site. 

Site supervisors must be licensed professional clinical counselors, other independently licensed mental health professionals, and/or registered art therapists. Different segments of clinicals and internships require different levels of supervision. Weekly classroom supervision is provided by both  and professional clinical supervising counselors (LPCC-S) and registered art therapists (ATR). Individual and small group seminars accompany individual and/or triadic supervision on site. Supervisors work closely with students and each other to aid students in their professional development. 

To learn more about the clinical program, contact the Clinical Director:

Diane M. Meros, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS