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Can I do a Practicum/Internship if I’m in recovery or on probation?

Policies Related to Field Registration:

The following policies and procedures were adopted by MSU Department of Human Services and Counseling to support student success in the field placement experience:

  • If you are in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction, the MSU Denver Department of Human Services and Counseling requires that you have been clean and sober for a minimum of one and a half years prior to registering for field placement.
  • If you are on probation or parole, you are required to complete that probation/parole prior to field placement.
  • You may not seek placement at an agency where you have been a client in the last five years.
  • You must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in order to qualify for field placement.

Additionally, you may be placed on a temporary or permanent hold from field courses if your history includes one or more of the following:

  • One or more F’s in any MSU Denver course
  • A current incomplete or an incomplete in the previous four semesters
  • Prior removal from a placement (either by the agency or the HSP department)
  • An improvement plan from the HSP Professional Review Team
  • A conviction (felony or misdemeanor) in the past two years
  • A violation of the MSU Denver Student Code of Conduct

If any of these issues impact you, you must disclose this information to the field coordinator during your advising appointment. The field coordinator will work with you to determine a strategy to complete your MSU Denver degree. 

Requesting Exception

To request an exception to these policies, explain the situation to the field coordinator in writing, providing a rationale for why you believe you are ready to do a field placement. You may include supporting documentation from a probation/parole officer, counselor, or other appropriate professional. The field coordinator, in conjunction with field faculty, will determine your readiness to participate in field placement. You may be asked to meet with the field coordinator and a field faculty member before a decision is made.


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