Community-Based Learning in Counseling

PSY/COU 497 is a community-based learning class where students get genuine hands-on training at a community mental health agency. Students enrolled in the course can expect to get a firsthand look at the various clinical issues facing the adults, children, and families in our mental health systems.

In addition to gaining priceless real-world skills, students develop the ability to identify our most pressing community mental health needs, an awareness of community resources, and an understanding of how psychology and counseling help address these issues. The knowledge and skills gained are so valuable that some students have been hired by their community agency after they graduate from NSC.

Nevada State College continues to develop PSY/COU 497 community placements that have a diverse clinical focus. Existing placement sites include:

  • Treatment programs for children, adolescents, and transition-aged youth with severe emotional disturbance (SED).
  • Treatment programs for those with severe and persistent mental illness (SMI).
  • Substance abuse treatment programs.
  • Domestic violence prevention and treatment programs.

The primary course requirement involves completing 140 hours at your community agency. Class also meets in-person weekly, which allows for group supervision and discussions of professional ethics, levels of care, and the application of theoretical concepts in clinical work.

If you have any questions about PSY/COU 497, contact Roberta Miranda at