Internship hours account for the bulk of the final year in a Counseling or Social Work program. Most of us need to complete anywhere from 600 – 1500 hours of counseling hours, supervision, and indirect service (reports, paperwork, etc). As if seeing clients, writing reports, finding your place at your agency, and finding an orientation that “fits” isn’t enough, your school will most likely ask you to turn in a break down of your time. This type of paperwork can be time consuming and frustrating if you wait until the last minute to get it done.
I’m loving the TimetoTrack website which helps clinicians easily track hours and provides a handy printout sheet. They also post a blog series that’s extremely useful to newbies in the field. Check out their latest here: Internship Application Season has Begun!
If you decide not use their service (1 year costs $36.95 but they offer a free trial), you can choose the DIY approach. Excel is extremely handy and you can personalize the columns and let the sheet do the tally. Here’s a sample of what you can do: Hours_Blank (If you like the template, feel free to email me and I’ll help you customize it).
Developing a quick and efficient system of tracking your internship hours will help
you when you are working towards your hours for your license. Remember, you’re responsible for tracking those – not your job, supervisor, and certainly not the state!