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Practicum Site Preparation
Write a 500-750 word paper discussing the following:
1. How and when you would begin to search for your practicum site.
Due to my interest in addiction counseling and my desire to obtain a career in this profession,
it is never too early to begin searching from my practicum site. “The practicum experience is a
requirement in all states for individuals seeking licensure at the independent level” (GCU, n.d.).
In response to how to begin searching for a practicum site I would first need to determine the
type of field of practicum site of which I am interested in; Micro (working directly with people),
Mezzo (working with groups/organizations), or Macro (working with communities). In the state
of Texas, most addiction counseling services are highly privatized and therefore I would be
looking to work in a Micro field practicum site.
To start preparing for my practicum site I will first need to think about viable and attainable
professional goals, my strengths and weaknesses and make a list for the practicum. Once this has
been done I can then investigate the various opportunities and/or agencies that can provide the
type of experiences that I will both need and want to be successful in attaining my previously
listed goals. This can all start as soon as a student, such as myself, enters their first semester of
college and should begin with “networking with professors, alumni and community partners to
build a solid reference base” (BU, 2014).
2. What steps would you take to secure a practicum site?
There are various steps that would need to be taken to secure a practicum site, the first of
which is deciding which organization/agency I want to work with and then registering for the
practicum. Practicum registration can be done through the use of Advisers in the same ways that

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