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Peer Recovery

Practicum Guide

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Peer Recovery Practicum Guide

Guide Purpose
To provide guidelines for Peer Recovery supervised work experience consistent with the standards set forth by
IC&RC for candidates seeking Peer Recovery certi cation. The IC&RC is the leader in setting standards of
certi cation for addiction treatment professionals including providing the recommended number of hours for
supervised work experience required for certi cation. Many states require fewer number of hours, so please
check with the certi cation and/or licensing board you will work under.

Overview of the practicum experience


Practicum is a supervised work experience, either volunteer or paid, designed to provide real life training and
hands-on practice. The practicum allows a supervisee to gain experience while under the guidance of a seasoned
professional in preparation for certi cation.
The practicum experience is a total of 500 work hours (minimum 50% direct-service hours) plus 25 hours of
supervision (1 hour of supervision per 20 work hours) provided by a quali ed professional either individually or
in a group setting. This number of hours is set by IC&RC, although other licensing and certi cation boards may
require less.
Practicum sites are expected to provide quality ethical training within the best practices of recovery oriented
systems of care. The goal is for supervisees to learn from their supervisors and practicum sites, and for sites to
bene t from the services of aspiring Peer Recovery specialists.

Expectations for learning in practicum


At the completion of the Peer Recovery Support Specialist training provided by PARfessionals or another training
provider, a trainee is expected to demonstrate knowledge of the core competencies in each domain that the
IC&RC certi cation examination covers. The practicum experience is a chance for a candidate to put knowledge
into practice, be guided and evaluated by quali ed supervisors, and determine readiness for certi cation.
Supervisees should be evaluated on the following Peer Recovery core competencies:

1. Advocacy
a. Relating to clients as an advocate and promoting client empowerment.
b. Demonstrating knowledge of recovery systems, explaining advocacy to clients and connecting clients
with necessary resources.
c. Demonstrating an ability to collaborate with other treatment providers and agencies on behalf of
clients as well as teaching and supporting client self-advocacy.

2. Mentoring/Education
a. Demonstrating self-awareness and serving as a role model for clients including demonstrating
healthy self-care activities.
b. Establishing respectful professional relationships with clients and demonstrating consistent support.
c. Demonstrating e ective communication, con ict resolution, and problem solving skills with clients
and colleagues.
d. Promoting and encouraging client empowerment.

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3. Recovery/Wellness Support
a. Demonstrating working knowledge of current recovery models, including recognition of a client's
stage of change and stage of recovery.
b. Assisting clients with goal setting, recovery planning, building recovery capital, and
evaluating progress.
c. Working with clients to develop tools for long-term recovery.

4. Ethical Responsibility
a. Demonstrating knowledge of ethical principles involved in providing peer recovery services and
consulting with colleagues, supervisors, or agency administration for guidance.
b. Communicating ethical responsibilities to clients such as con dentiality, duty to report abuse,
and duty to warn.
c. Demonstrating cultural competency when working with clients and colleagues.
d. Recognition and adherence to professional and personal boundaries.
e. Recognition and adherence to professional limitations by communicating with clients about the
scope of peer recovery services and making referrals when appropriate.

Site expectations
Provide evidence-based substance abuse treatment consistent with best practices for recovery-oriented
systems of care established by SAMHSA and CSAT; consistent with Peer Recovery domains set
forth by IC&RC.
Supervision must be provided by a quali ed professional. The supervisor will be responsible for
establishing learning goals with their supervisee, regularly scheduled supervision meetings, and a formal
evaluation upon completion.
Promote and provide continuing education and training opportunities for supervisees.
Complete a Practicum Site Agreementwith supervisees prior to acceptance of practicum. This agreement
states the site assumes liability for supervisees and will complete necessary paperwork required for
practicum completion.
Upon acceptance of a supervisee, sign Supervision Agreements for each supervisee. These are signed by
a practicum site manager, practicum site supervisor, and the supervisee. This agreement must be signed
prior to a supervisee beginning practicum.

Status of Supervisee
During practicum, the supervisee is expected to have a title that designates they are working under
supervision.Clients should be made aware that the supervisee is working under supervision and provided with
the supervisor's contact information. Supervisee is expected to comply with organizational policies and
procedures regarding disclosure of practicum status.

It is the discretion of the practicum site whether a supervisee is in a paid or volunteer position, neither of which
a ect practicum status or accrual of hours.

A supervisee may complete practicum at their existing job site if that job site is able to meet the requirements of
the practicum. Upon completion of the practicum site application and signature of a practicum agreement, the
accrual of practicum hours may begin.

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Placement termination
The practicum site may cancel the placement of any supervisee whose performance is unsatisfactory or whose
personal characteristics create con ict within the organization or with clients. The site is expectedto give the
supervisee notice of and reasons for termination as well as an opportunity to correct the issue prior to
termination.

Supervisor expectations and quali cations


Supervision must be provided by a quali ed professional with recovery-oriented systems of care substance
abuse service delivery experience.

Quali ed individuals may include:


Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, or Licensed Social Worker with
minimum 3 years substance abuse treatment experience, or equivalent
Licensed substance abuse counseloror equivalent
Certi ed Peer Recovery specialist with minimum 2 years' experience or equivalent.

The supervisor will be responsible for establishing learning goals with their supervisee, guiding supervisee in
ethical service delivery, providing regularly scheduled supervision meetings, and a formal evaluation upon
completion. Supervision meetings can be in individual or group settings, with at least 15 of the 25 hours noted as
individual supervision.

Documentation of Practicum Activities/Hours


Supervisees are expected to maintain a log of hours completed during the practicum experience. A sample log is
provided in the guide and should be signed by the supervisor at each supervision meeting. This log must be
included in the nal evaluation.

The practicum experience is a total of 500 work hours (minimum 50% direct-service hours) plus 25 hours of
supervision (1 hour of supervision per 20 work hours) provided by a quali ed professional either individually
(minimum of 15) or in a group setting.

Direct Service (minimum 250 hours). Refers to interaction with clients including phone calls, in-person
meetings, group facilitation, recovery planning, etc.

Indirect Service. Refers to other activities including supervision, client sta ng, gathering information about the
client but not in the actual presence of the client. Examples: Writing notes, supervision, reviewing les, consulting
with other professionals about a case.

Practicum Learning Goals


At the beginning of the practicum experience, the supervisee will create learning goals with their supervisor
using the form included in the guide. It should include a brief statement of the supervisee's future professional
goals, strengths at the beginning of the practicum, and growth areas to target during practicum. Following that
statement will be the supervisee's list of goals and learning activities that will help them achieve the goals as well
as self-care strategies they will use during practicum. The learning goals will be revisited at the nal evaluation to
determine whether goals were achieved.

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Final Self-Evaluation
At the end of the practicum, the supervisee will ll out an evaluation that describes how learning goals were met,
self-rating of knowledge application in the Peer Recovery domains, how the practicum was bene cial, where the
practicum may not have been helpful, a current assessment of strengths and growth areas. This evaluation should
be compared with the evaluation lled out by their supervisor.

Final Evaluation by Supervisor


At the end of the practicum, the supervisor will ll out an evaluation that rates supervisee's accomplishment of
learning goals, the status of supervisee's application of knowledge in the Peer Recovery domains, and overall
work performance. This evaluation will be shared with the supervisee at the end of practicum.

Optional Evaluation of Site and Supervision


At the end of the practicum, the supervisee will ll out a con dential evaluation form for the practicum site and
the supervision provided. This form will not be shared with the supervisor, only with the practicum site manager
or director.

Supervisee Practicum Application Process


1. Apply for practicum by contacting the site.
2. Interview with the practicum site and make sure the organization is the right t.
3. Have the practicum site review and sign a practicum site agreement.
4. Have the supervisor review the practicum guide and sign the supervision agreement form.
5. With 2 weeks of start date, completePracticum Learning Goals form.

Practicum Completion
Upon completion of the practicum experience, the supervisee should have the following materials to verify
practicum experience with the credentialing organization of their choice.

Hours log
Self-evaluation
Supervisor's evaluation of supervisee

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Practicum Site Application
Organization Information
Name:
Phone:
Fax:
Email:
Website:
Description of services o ered by organization
Current number of licensed treatment providers:

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Current number of peer recovery support specialists:

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Number of practicum students requested at a time:

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*Please attach a copy of a job description for peer recovery position in your organization.
Practicum Site Liaison

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Name:
Title/Credentials:

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Phone:

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Email:
Supervisor(s)
Name:
Title/Credentials:
Phone:
Email:
Name:
Title/Credentials:
Phone:
Email:

Upon submission of this application, a representative from PARfessionals will contact the organization's
liaison listed above to continue the site approval process.

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Practicum Site Agreement

Practicum Site Agency Name:


Address:
Website:
Practicum Site Liaison Name:
Title:
Phone:

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Email:

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The above named agency agrees to provide the facilities, work opportunity, instruction, and supervision
necessary to properly conduct a Peer Recovery practicum experience for supervisees according to the guidelines
described in the Practicum Guide.The practicum site has the discretion to determine which supervisees are

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accepted for practicum, whether it is a paid or volunteer position, the manner of disclosure of supervised status to
clients as well as the title granted to supervisees. The practicum site agrees to take on full liability of the supervisee

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and the supervisee's activities. This agreement is valid for one year from date signed and shall be reviewed and
renewed annually.

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Signature:
Practicum Site Liaison

Date:

Supervisee

Name:

Signature: Date:

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Practicum Site Supervision Agreement
On-site Supervisor
Name:
Title/Credentials:
Phone:
Email:

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The above named supervisor agrees to provide supervisee, ____________________________, with quality

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training in recovery-oriented systems of care substance abuse service delivery.

The supervisor agrees to be responsible for establishing learning goals with their supervisee, guiding supervisee

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in ethical service delivery, providing regularly scheduled supervision meetings, and a formal evaluation upon
completion. Supervision meetings can be in individual or group settings, with at least 15 of the 25 hours noted as
individual supervision. Supervisor also agrees to honestly review and sign supervisee's documented hours.

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This practicum will begin on _________________________ (Date).

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On-site Supervisor

Signature: Date:

Supervisee

Name:

Signature: Date:

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Practicum Learning Goals

Supervisee: Date lled out:


Practicum Site: Start Date of Practicum:

Statement of long term professional goals:

Current strengths:

Current growth areas:

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Goals for practicum (at least 3):

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Learning activities that will be used to achieve practicum goals:

Planned self-care strategies:

On-site Supervisor Supervisee

Name: Name:

Signature: Date: Signature: Date:

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Hours Log Sample

Number Type of Service


Supervisor
Date of (DS, IS, Notes
Signature
Hours ISup, GSup)
1/16/14 3 DS Recovery planning

1/18/14 1 Isup boundaries


1/19/14 5 IS Training, case consult

1/20/14 6 DS Advocacy

Totals

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Direct Service (DS) 09

Indirect Service (IS)

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05

Total Service Hours 14

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Individual Supervision (ISup) 05

Group Supervision (GSup) 00


Total Supervision Hours 05

I verify that the above recorded service hours are accurate and true and that all hours requirements for
practicum as outlined in the Practicum Guide are met.

On-site Supervisor Supervisee

Name: Name:

Signature: Date: Signature: Date:

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Supervisee Self- Evaluation

Supervisee Name:
Date of Evaluation:
Supervisor:
Practicum Site:

Were you able to meet your learning goals? Why or why not?

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Please rate your opinion of your performance in each domain on a scale of 1-5 using the following and
compare with the ratings given by your supervisor:

Advocacy
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Unsatisfactory
2
Average
3

Related to clients as an advocate and promoted client empowerment.

Demonstrated knowledge of recovery systems, explained advocacy to


clients, and connected client with necessary resources.
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Excellent
5

1 2 3 4 5

1 2 3 4 5

Demonstrated an ability to collaborate with other treatment providers and


agencies on behalf of their clients as well as teach and support 1 2 3 4 5
client self-advocacy.

Comments:

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Mentoring/Education

Demonstrated self-awareness and served as a role model for clients


including demonstration of healthy self-care activities. 1 2 3 4 5

Established respectful professional relationships with clients and


demonstrated consistent support.
1 2 3 4 5

Demonstrated the use of e ective communication, con ict resolution


and problem solving skills with clients and colleagues.
1 2 3 4 5

Promoted and encouraged client empowerment. 1 2 3 4 5

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Recovery/Wellness Support

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Demonstrated working knowledge of current recovery models, including
recognition of client's stage of change and stage of recovery. 1 2 3 4 5

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Assisted clients with goal setting, recovery planning, building recovery 1 2 3 4 5
capital, and evaluating progress.

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Worked with clients to develop tools for long-term recovery 1 2 3 4 5

Ethical Responsibility

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Demonstrated knowledge of ethical principles involved in providing peer
recovery services and consulted with supervisor or administration for guidance.

Communicated ethical responsibilities to clients such as con dentiality, duty to


report abuse, and duty to warn.

Demonstrated cultural competency when working with clients and colleagues.


1 2 3 4 5

1 2 3 4 5

1 2 3 4 5
Recognized and adhered to professional and personal boundaries 1 2 3 4 5
Recognized and adhered to professional limitations by communicating with clients
about the scope of peer recovery services and making referrals when appropriate. 1 2 3 4 5

Comments:

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Documentation

Kept consistent and accurate records in accordance with site policy. 1 2 3 4 5


Written and/or verbal reports were objective, professional, and complete. 1 2 3 4 5
Notes and reports were completed in a timely manner. 1 2 3 4 5

Comments:

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Self- Awareness and Self-Care

Demonstrated self-awareness about supervisee's own recovery experience and

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shared it in an appropriate manner meant to encourage and support clients.
1 2 3 4 5

Actively sought new information from colleagues and/or supervisor. 1 2 3 4 5

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Demonstrated e ectiveness at maintaining own mental, emotional and physical
health through regular self-care activities.
1 2 3 4 5

Comments:

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What have you learned about yourself and your skills during practicum?

What are your strengths following practicum?

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What areas do you feel you need to continue to improve?

How do you plan to continue improving?

In what ways was practicum bene cial?

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In what ways was practicum not helpful?

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Additional comments:

Supervisee's Signature: Date:

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Supervisor Practicum Evaluation of Supervisee

The primary supervisor completes this form at the end of the practicum experience. If there is more than one
supervisor, whoever had the most contact with the supervisee should ll out the form. The evaluation should be
discussed with the supervisee.

Supervisee Name:
Date of Evaluation:
Supervisor:
Practicum Site:

Please rate the supervisee's performance in each domain on a scale of 1-5 using the following

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Unsatisfactory Average Excellent
1 2 3 4 5

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Professionalism

Arrived on time and used time e ectively. 1 2 3 4 5

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Demonstrated professionalism in manner and dress consistent with site policies. 1 2 3 4 5

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Conducted work professionally and ethically. 1 2 3 4 5

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Comments:

Interactions with Co-Workers

Comfort level when interacting with other sta members 1 2 3 4 5

Demonstrates clear and e ective communication with sta . 1 2 3 4 5

Able to convey information and express opinions 1 2 3 4 5

Comments:

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Advocacy

Related to clients as an advocate and promoted client empowerment. 1 2 3 4 5


Demonstrated knowledge of recovery systems, explained advocacy to clients, and
connected client with necessary resources. 1 2 3 4 5

Demonstrated an ability to collaborate with other treatment providers and agencies


on behalf of their clients as well as teach and support client self-advocacy. 1 2 3 4 5

Comments:

Mentoring/Education

consistent support.

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Demonstrated self-awareness and served as a role model for clients including
demonstration of healthy self-care activities.
Established respectful professional relationships with clients and demonstrated

Demonstrated the use of e ective communication, con ict resolution and problem
1 2 3 4 5

1 2 3 4 5

1 2 3 4 5

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solving skills with clients and colleagues.

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Promoted and encouraged client empowerment.

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Comments:

Recovery/Wellness Support

Demonstrated working knowledge of current recovery models, including


recognition of client's stage of change and stage of recovery. 1 2 3 4 5

Assisted clients with goal setting, recovery planning, building recovery capital,
and evaluating progress. 1 2 3 4 5

Worked with clients to develop tools for long-term recovery. 1 2 3 4 5

Comments:

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Ethical Responsibility

Demonstrated knowledge of ethical principles involved in providing peer recovery 1 2 3 4 5


services and consulted with supervisor or administration for guidance.
Communicated ethical responsibilities to clients such as con dentiality, duty to 1 2 3 4 5
report abuse, and duty to warn.

Demonstrated cultural competency when working with clients and colleagues. 1 2 3 4 5


Recognized and adhered to professional and personal boundaries. 1 2 3 4 5
Recognized and adhered to professional limitations by communicating with clients
about the scope of peer recovery services and making referrals when appropriate. 1 2 3 4 5

Comments:

Documentation

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Kept consistent and accurate records in accordance with site policy.
1 2 3 4 5

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Written and/or verbal reports were objective, professional, and complete. 1 2 3 4 5

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Notes and reports were completed in a timely manner. 1 2 3 4 5

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Comments:

Self- Awareness and Self-Care

Demonstrated self-awareness about supervisee's own recovery experience and


shared it in an appropriate manner meant to encourage and support clients. 1 2 3 4 5

Actively sought new information from colleagues and/or supervisor. 1 2 3 4 5


Demonstrated e ectiveness at maintaining own mental, emotional and physical
health through regular self-care activities.
1 2 3 4 5

Comments:

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Response to Supervision

Receptive to feedback and suggestions made by supervisor and applied


suggestions.
1 2 3 4 5

Sought supervision when needed outside regular scheduled supervision 1 2 3 4 5


Knowledgeable of own strengths and applied them to their work.

Knowledgeable of own weaknesses and receptive to constructive feedback. 1 2 3 4 5

What are this supervisee's strengths?

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What areas do you feel the supervisee needs to continue to improve? l e
Additional Comments:

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Supervisor's Signature: Date:

Supervisee's Signature**: Date:

**Student's signature acknowledges that the student has reviewed the evaluation, but does not necessarily
indicate agreement with the evaluation.

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Supervisee Evaluation of Practicum Site and Supervisor

Complete this form at the end of your practicum and submit to practicum site manager or director.

Name: Site:
Site Supervisor:
Date Placement Began:
Date Form Completed:

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Rate your site experiences on a scale of 1-5 using the following:

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Unsatisfactory Average Excellent

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1 2 3 4 5

1). Communication of the practicum site policies and procedures

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2). Amount of on-site supervision

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3). Quality and usefulness of on-site supervision
4). Rate all applicable experiences that you had at your site

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Client interviewing
Training, case consultations
Individual recovery planning
Group facilitation
Advocacy
Providing education to clients
Coordination and collaboration with other treatment providers
Other

4). Relevance of practicum experience to your career goals


5). Overall evaluation of the site

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What are the strengths of this practicum site?

Do you have suggestions for improvement this practicum site?

What comments do you have about your supervisor?

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Would you recommend this practicum site to others?

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Additional comments:
Would you like to be contacted by the practicum site manager or director regarding your comments
on this evaluation?
Yes
No
Preferred contact method:

Supervisee's Signature**: Date:

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This practicum guide was prepared by Trudi Griffin, MS, LPC-I, funded by the SJM
Family Foundation, Inc. and published by PARfessionals, Inc.

©SJM Family Foundation, Inc. All rights reserved.

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