Employment as a Counselor

The American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy have developed the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice which apply to persons offering counseling and related clinical services in a variety of settings including private practice.

All HDC students are expected to follow these standards whether they serve as employees or volunteers in the human services. Student behavior which is inconsistent with these ethical standards and principles can lead to a recommendation that a student be removed from candidate/degree status in accordance with the Removal from Candidacy/Degree Status Policy (please see “Evaluation and Retention” section).

A student employed in a group private practice or agency or engaged in volunteer work must receive appropriate on-site supervision for the duration of the experience. Professional counseling services offered by students are the responsibility of the agency, private practice or volunteer unit, not of the Department of Human Development Counseling or UIS.

Appropriate on-site supervision in a group private practice is defined as supervision provided by a person with a master’s degree or doctorate in counseling or related fields and professional counseling experience of two years’ duration. Students providing counseling or related clinical services in agencies or volunteer units must receive on-site supervision in accordance with agency/unit policies and procedures/guidelines.

A student is not permitted to engage in unsupervised independent private counseling practice while enrolled as a student in the Department of Human Development Counseling or its courses.

A student engaged in employment or volunteer work which concerns the provision of counseling or related clinical services will notify the HDC faculty adviser of this fact in writing as soon as it occurs.