Resources for Success

Finding a Field Site

1. Learn about the requirements for fieldwork and read about the timeline.

2. Prepare a resume, obtain a formal interview suit, and prepare to interview (see below).

3. Start Calling Approved Sites and Interview: start search 6-9 months prior (February of second semester of program). A list of approved sites is provided via a Canvas webpage. Please contact Dr. Dana Stone if you do not see this page when you log into Canvas.

4. Accept an Offer
  • Have your field site supervisor sign CSUN’s Form 6 Field site Contract and turn into your fieldwork instructor (clients may not be seen until signed by a CSUN representative)
  • Have supervisor sign BBS Supervisor Agreement Form
  • Obtain liability insurance through AAMFT, ACA, or CAMFT
  • Use BBS Hour Log and CSUN’s Log to log hours
  • If you want to work at a site other than one on the most updated list, contact Dr. Stone

5. Sign up for EPC 690 during the summer and EPC 659P for fall

6. After completing P and Q you will need to be signed up for a fieldwork class (690) each and every semester you see clients in the field whether or not you have completed the minimum number of hours to graduate. This is a BBS rule so that universities maintain oversight.
Interview Basics
Dress professionally (e.g., a suit)
Bring an up-to-date resume
Research them: read their webpage
Arrive 15-minutes early; leave extra time for parking
Be confident
Be polite
Say thank you
Questions to Ask Them
The following are questions to ask the agency at which you are applying to do your fieldwork:

What types of counseling services are offered at the agency?
Options are: individual, child, couples, family, groups. This is a learning experience for you, so the more options available to you, the better. It’s also important to remember that you need specific numbers of hours in some of these categories, so you want to try to maximize those so you don’t get stuck before graduation or licensure scrambling to make up those hours (breakdown of hours discussed here).

What types of supervision are available at the agencyt?
Supervision can be provided individually or in groups. Groups should have no more than 8 interns/trainees at a time and they typically meet for 2 hours at a time. Group supervision is a great way to learn from peers and get many opinions that will help you in your training experience. For every 5 direct service hours of counseling you provide (face-to-face hours with clients), you must have at least one hour of individual supervision OR 2 hours of group supervision concurrently.

Are there any “live” supervision experiences available?
This can be either through video tape, live supervision, or co-therapy with your supervisor. Supplemental forms of supervision will only serve to enhance your learning experience so find out if the agency you’re interested in has these options available. You must receive at least 6 hours of live supervision at your field site over the course of your placement.

Can I get any couple or family hours?
CSUN students must do a minimum of 200 conjoint sessions with couples or families; seeing individual children does not fulfill this requirement.

Is there a certain number of months that I need to commit to this agency?
Some places will required you to serve for at least one year.

Is there a certain number of hours that I am expected to work per week?
Most will expect you to work from 15 to 25 hours.

Will I be able/required to work days, nights and/or weekends?
Each site has different operational hours. Some of them offer counseling on weekends. If your schedule is tight during the week, you may find a weekend-open site as the best option for you.

Is the agency geared toward a specific theoretical model?
If you’re interested in being trained in one specific model of therapy, this would be a good time to try that out and find an agency that fits with your theoretical leanings.

Does the agency work with a specific population?
For example, rape victims, domestic abuse victims, severe mental illness, jewish, latino, etc.

Is there a monthly training fee?
Some agencies will charge for supervision, parking, etc.

Does the agency provide ‘in-service’ or similar trainings to enhance clinical development?
Some agencies required you to attend "in-service" meetings with the purpose of keep you up-to-date.

Where will I see clients?
Some require home visits or for trainees to work at specific sites.

Who will be my supervisor? Can I meet them?
If possible, it is ideal to meet your supervisor before agreeing to work at a site.
Questions They May Ask You
Why do you want to work at this agency?
What can you bring to this agency?
Do you have experience in the field (or a related field)?
What is your theoretical orientation?
What do you see as your strengths and areas for growth?
Describe how you would assess, manage crises, and/or develop a treatment plan for the following case example.
Are you willing to do home visits? Work weekends, evenings? Work with substance abusers, sex offenders, etc.?
How do you handle conflict with supervisors or peers?
What are the requirements of your university?