Practicum Course Details - Traditional Option

Students seeking credentialing in California must complete a practicum experience after completing the CCAPP Basic Training curriculum.  This includes 255 hours of supervised work AND an additional 45 hours of training on clinical issues.  Students are responsible for locating their own work place to obtain the 255 hours of experience, but does offer the 45-hour training package that allows you to meet the educational requirement. 

Unlike our other coursework, this course will be both GUIDED and PACED - in other words, you will be working under specific, set assignments on a weekly basis, requiring you to log on to an electronic classroom to obtain each week's assignment.  This site will be proctored by an instructor who will be available to answer questions, provide further guidance, and track your progress though both your readings, course assignments, tests (yes - like our other coursework you will be doing a test of your knowledge - this time in the form of a mid-term and final exam), and your onsite hours.  While you will be supervised directly by your worksite, we will require periodic reporting of your efforts and achievements in order to insure that you are successful in completing a minimum of 255 hours on-the-job.

There will be some built-in flexibility to account for holidays, vacations, sick-time, etc., and to give you ample time to log your 255 hours.  What this means is that you will have 20 weeks to complete 15 weeks of assignments.  This course is a flexible-entry course - you can begin at any time once we have you registered AND once you have submitted your site verification form to us. 

How to Register For Course:


  1. Register for class at the following:


      • This course will consist of 45 Hours of Instruction by:     

        • Online Class Contact Hours (students must log in for assignments and postings 15 times during a 20 week period)

        • Structured External Assignments (Reading, Writing) 

  2. Order/obtain course materials (more below).

  3. Find/Identify Practicum Worksite (more details how to locate a worksite below).

  4. Fill out PRACTICUM SITE APPROVAL FORM -  once you purchase the Practicum course you will receive a Digital Download email that will allow you to download these forms - so be sure to check the email used at checkout.  If your supervisor is NOT CCAPP credentialed, be sure to include page three of the form when you fax it back to our office.

  5. Fax PRACTICUM SITE APPROVAL FORM to at 866-222-3461 or email it to

  6. Look for email that contains instructions for beginning the classroom phase of the Practicum - this will be sent following receipt of your PRACTICUM SITE APPROVAL FORM.

  7. Log on to the DLCAS Practicum Course site and begin your classroom hours.

  8. Use Weekly Lesson tabs for each week's readings and assignments - complete only one lesson at a time.

  9. Complete both Projects - Project 1 is due at the end of Week 6; Project 2 is due at the end of Week 10.

  10. Have supervisor fill out/sign evaluations as instructed – we will provide you with those forms upon course completion.

  11. Upon completion of all lessons, projects, and submission of evaluations, your course instructor will complete and mail you one of two CCAPP required forms.

Required Course Materials:


Two texts will be required for the course: 

  • The first is a book by Corey and Corey, "Becoming a Helper."  We will be working out of the fourth edition of this text in order to make it more affordable for students.  You can find copies at a variety of locations, including eBay and  There are a large number of both new and used copies of this book at some very reasonable prices.

  • The second is the book "Developing Clinical Skills for Substance Abuse Counseling" by Daniel Yalisove. Again, is one of the places you can order the book, which should run around $45.  


How to Locate Your Worksite:


You will be responsible to locate an appropriate site to gain the 255 hours of supervised work experience.  If you have not already located a site, here are some guidelines to consider when selecting your worksite: 

  • The training must involve the student in direct clinical services to clients.

  • Two hundred and fifty-five hours of practicum experience is required for the successful completion of the course. Students must complete their 255 hours of practicum experience by the last day of class. Students will spend 18 to 20 hours per week in practicum activities: this includes a minimum of 35% of time in direct face-to-face contact with clients. The remaining hours are comprised of record keeping, staff conferences, professional development activities, consultation and supervision. 

  • The practicum training agency should allow students to integrate their training in humanistic and integrative models of therapeutic change with practice experience providing care to diverse clients.

  • The practicum training agency provides the student with an understanding of the important policies, procedures, and regulations that govern the professional practice of psychology in a healthcare setting.

  • The practicum is conducted in an agency that possesses resources of appropriate quality and sufficiency to achieve the student’s training goals and requirements.

  • The practicum is conducted in an agency that demonstrates that its education, training, and socialization experiences are characterized by mutual respect and courtesy between practicum students and training staff.

  • The practicum is conducted in an agency that engages in actions that indicate respect for and understanding of cultural and individual diversity.

  • The practicum training site assigns a designated primary supervisor for each student who trains there. The training experience must be performed pursuant to the order, control, and full professional responsibility of the supervisor.

  • The site must also offer full service counseling and cover 21 hours in each of the 12 core functions along with 3 hours of agency orientation. 


A supervisor is defined as “Any CCS, CADC-I, CADC-II or any person who has documented education, training and experience that is comparable to, or exceeds the above certifications.” The definition of comparable to is as follows:

  • Masters Degree in behavioral health discipline; three years on the job supervised experience in delivering counseling services consistent with the 12 core functions.

  • Bachelors Degree in behavioral health discipline; five years on the job supervised experience in delivering counseling services consistent with the 12 core functions.

  • Associates Degree in a behavioral health discipline; seven years on the job supervised experience in delivering counseling services consistent with the 12 core functions.

  • Nine years on the job supervised experience in delivering counseling services consistent with the 12 core functions. 


The practicum training agency supervisor is responsible for supervising you during the training program, verifying all student training hours, providing feedback to you about your training progress, and completing a final written evaluation. The agency supervisor is required to meet with the you for a minimum of one hour of face-to-face individual supervision per week. The practicum supervisor will participate in regular communication with the DLCAS faculty member who also provides guidance and feedback so that supervision activities and responsibility are coordinated. (the forms for these various evaluations will be found on the course website that will be sent to you upon receipt of your site approval form.

Remember, we will send you log-in information for the Practicum once you have registered for the class; sent us your site verification form; and your worksite has been approved. 

If you have any questions in the meantime please do not heisitate to call our office toll free at 866-431-4240 during regular business hours Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm CST or email us at