Clinical Applications


Clinical classes include COUN 516, 548, 551, & 552-- This does not include Student Affairs

IMPORTANT -- Please disregard any references to sending any documents to Marilyn Lewis. 

ALL questions and documents must be submitted to Dr. Linda Ball by this email address:

2019-2020 CMHC Handbook

2019-2020 School Counseling - Clinical - Practicum & Internship Handbook

ACA - 2014

Approved Field Site List

*(Sites crossed out are no longer approved)*


Applications Deadline: 

Please READ first: The applications are processed. We attempt to verify that adequate sections are available for the number of students needing the courses. Graduate courses need 5 students enrolled to have the class “to make” (remain open). If a section of a clinical class does not make, then we try to communicate with the students so we can make the best effort to work with the students about other options. Students are informed through students' Leo mail of assignments after authorizations have been entered. 

Click on the application that you need (blue indicates a link). Once the application is open, save it to your files by using your name and semester you intend to take the clinical class. This is an important step. Then complete the application. Save it again. Attach the application to an email address to .

Do not forget to review the application to make you completed it as you intended. Common errors are typos in the email addresses or with the ID number. These two errors can delay the process of entering your authorization for that course you requested.

The handbooks are very important to you understanding how the COUN 551 Practicum & 552 Internship courses function. Please do not hesitate to download and printing these handbooks. In addition to important information, they also include important and required forms that you need to review and complete for your site and your class. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Linda Ball at .    

  •  Applications: (please disregard any reference to sending any documents to Marilyn Lewis). Once Dr. Ball has made assignments for COUN 551 & 552 sections, Marilyn Lewis will enter the permit or authorizations for COUN 551 & 552 and inform you when you may enroll. 
  • COUN 516 Basic Skills, (10 personal counseling sessions will be completed while you are completing this class). Contact the main office to request authorization to enroll.  
  • COUN 548 Advanced Basic Skills.  Contact the main office to request authorization to enroll.  
  • COUN 551 Practicum, (requires a practice site, *never offered during the summer sessions*). Dr. Linda Ball must approve your site. 
  • COUN 552 Internship, (requires a practice site, *only for Clinical Mental Health Counseling students*). Please note: may be required to meet for one meeting prior to the summer classes for the collection of required forms so you may begin to see clients as soon as the class begins, depends on the instructor. Dr. Linda Ball must approved your site. 
IMPORTANT - Documents and forms must be turned in no later than one week prior to the 1st class day. All students who have not turned in all required documents will be removed from the clinical classes. As soon as your application has been accepted, we will begin to ask for the required documents. 

Documents required to be turned in for COUN 551 & COUN 552:

  • Degree plan in your file 
  • Personal counseling note in your file.  
  • Field Site Form, (for students to complete). All 551 & 552 students must complete this form so we know your site and your supervisor. Send this completed form to Dr. Linda Ball each semester you are taking 551 & 552.  
  • Field Site Information Form, (for new sites to complete for approval) This form only needs to be completed and turned for Clinical Mental Health Counseling sites if they are not listed on the approved list. The new site needs to complete it and then it needs to be sent to Dr. Linda Ball.
  • Orientation, (for 551 & 552).

Approved Field Site List

*(Sites crossed out are no longer open)*

Other Documents/Forms: 

Clinical Sequence:

COUN 516 - Basic Skills - 3 hrs
COUN 548 - Advanced Basic Skills - 3 hrs
COUN 551 - Practicum - 3 hrs (need a practice site)
COUN 552 - Internship I - 3 hrs (need a practice site)
COUN 552 - Internship II - 3 hrs (need a practice site)

Applications are to be completed the semester before you intend to enroll in the class. All applications must be approved before you will be permitted and allowed to enroll in the class.

Late or incomplete applications are NOT guaranteed consideration. 

PLEASE check your Leo mail often. This is our department's and the university's access to contact you.     


All students will attend 10 counseling sessions as part of a requirement for COUN 516. Students will attend the session as a client. These sessions are an opportunity for you to benefit firsthand experience as a client. If you have already completed COUN 516, then you need to seek a counselor for your session (6). You may seek counseling services at no charge through the Community Counseling & Psychology Clinic (903) 886-5660 in Commerce or the Harold Murphy Clinic (469)302-6318 in McKinney.  Students may choose their own counseling service, but fees may apply.  The counselor must submit documentation that the student has completed the required sessions. The letter or email must be sent to the department. You may send it to by email or by US mail to Texas A&M University-Commerce, Counseling Program, Rm# 202 Binnion Hall, P.O. Box 1311, Commerce, TX 75429.  

Clinical classes include the following: 

COUN 516-Basic Skills

Provides the foundation for all practicum and internship experiences. Students learn communication and interpersonal skills under faculty supervision. Demonstration of these skills is a prerequisite for enrollment in Practicum (COUN 551). Students will examine their intrapersonal issues and interpersonal styles and will follow ACA Ethical Standards. Prerequisites: Application form returned to department several months before actual enrollment in this course (check department for availability and due dates), Minimum grade of B in COUN 501 and COUN 510. 

COUN 548-Advanced Basic Skills

A laboratory-based, experiential course, Advanced Counseling Skills will merge the continued development of basic skills with theoretically based conceptualization skills and techniques. Students will examine their intrapersonal alignments with chosen theoretical orientations. Students will practice theoretically consistent conceptualization skills and techniques. Students will be expected to adhere to ACA Ethical Standards. Pre-requisites: Pass Level 1 Examination.

COUN 551-Practicum, (placement site is required -- Spring and Fall semesters only - No classes offered during the Summer sessions)

Provides for continued development and practice of skills learned in COUN 516. Students develop conceptual and professional skills related to their practice at a field site and practice specified counseling and related activities during a minimum of 100 hours at an agency or educational setting. Prerequisites: Application form returned to department several months before actual enrollment in this course (check with the department for availability and due dates); a grade of “B” or better in 548, and successful completion of Admission to Candidacy requirements within the Counseling Program, which includes passing Level 1 Exam after the completion of COUN 501 & 510. Graded on a satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) basis, with a grade of “S” required to progress to COUN 552. Note Satisfactory performance at the field placement and during on-campus class meetings must be demonstrated before students can proceed to Internship (COUN 552). 

Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs are required to participate as a client in a minimum of 10 personal counseling sessions. If this requirement was not completed during COUN 516, then documentation needs to be provided, signed by the counseling service provider, must be submitted by the student prior to him or her being approved to enroll in COUN 551: Practicum.  

COUN 552-Internship I&II, (placement site is required)

The primary interest is on the integration of process, conceptual, professional, and personal skills. Provides extensive supervised experience in a setting closely aligned with a student’s chosen program. Prerequisites: Application form returned to department several months before actual enrollment in this course (check for availability and due dates); successful completion of COUN 551. Students must receive a grade of “S” in the first semester of 552 to progress to the second semester of 552, and an “S” in the final semester of 552 to graduate.

Note:  Course is repeated for two, three-credit-hour courses, each requiring approximately 20 weekly hours (300 total in each) of field experience, to meet master’s degree requirement of six hours of internship. 

Before you can be permitted into COUN 552, these items must have been received and verified.

Note:  School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling students may not enroll in the second COUN 552: Internship 


Linda Ball - 903-886-5649

Department of Counseling 903-886-5637 or 903-886-5594 or 903-886-5638 

Supervision Orientation