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Returning to Placement Sites

As the clinical sites in which you are placed begin the process of re-opening, we know it is important for you to understand when and how you will return to on-site clinical work in your placement. Please read this information carefully as it contains important information regarding our process for approving you to return to clinical settings in the coming days and weeks. Please note, this process applies to your placements in sites outside of the LC Community Counseling Center and Problem Gambling Services, which remain physically closed at this time. Information on when and how those reopen will come separately.

Procedure for Returning to Placement Sites

In developing this process for allowing students to return safely to clinical settings in this COVID-19 time, the college must operate within some external boundaries, which are important to note here. Our process must operate within the frameworks set forth by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), which operates under the Oregon Governor’s Office. The OHA also provides guidance to our clinical partners about how to establish and maintain safety protocols in response to COVID-19. While this guidance, both to us as a college and to our clinical partners, shifts as conditions change, at this time we have been able to build our process based on three operating principles:

  1. A clinical site must be approved by the placement office to welcome students back on site before you are allowed to return. The Placement Office will ask sites to verify that they are following all required safety protocols before we allow you to return.
  2. If your site is approved, the Placement Office will send you an electronic disclosure form asking you to follow safety protocols at your site. The Placement Office will let supervisors know that we are not requiring students to return to placements at this time..
  3. You must receive explicit permission from the Placement Office to return to your clinical site before you do so.
    1. At this time, if your clinical placement is in Multnomah County, which is still in Phase 0, you may not return to your site. When Multnomah County is cleared to move out of Phase 0, we will contact you directly to explore next steps.
    2. If your clinical placement is in a location that is in Phase 1 (or the equivalent), the Placement Office will contact you shortly to see if you would like to explore the possibility of returning to your site at this time.

In summary, the next steps for you relative to returning to your site are as follows:

  1. If your clinical site is in Multnomah County, please wait for an email from the Placement Office once the county moves into Phase 1 (currently tentatively projected for June 19),
  2. If your clinical site is in Phase 1 (or the equivalent), the Placement Office will email you shortly to see if you would like to explore the possibility of returning to your site at this time.
    1. If you respond yes, then step 3 will happen, but
    2. If you respond no, then you do not need to return at this time.
  3. If you have responded saying yes you would like to explore returning, then the Placement Office will reach out to your site supervisor to see if the site is ready to be approved for your return. We will also alert you when we have reached out to your site supervisor.
  4. If your placement site verifies that they are ready for you to return, then you will receive a link in an email asking you to formally accept or decline to return at this time.
  5. If you accept the opportunity to return to your site, your program Clinical Coordinator (see below) and then the Placement Office will review these forms and let you know if you have been officially approved to return to your site. Remember, it is critical that you receive permission from the Placement Office to return to your site before you do so.

If you have pressing and immediate questions about this process, please contact Placement Coordinator Nori Valdez Gruber: cpsyplacement@lclark.edu

If you have other questions about your clinical placement, please contact your program Clinical Coordinator:

  • Art Therapy
    Ms. Kristine Bella, LCAT, ATR-BC, ATCS (kbella@lclark.edu)
  • Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy
    Dr. Wonyoung Cho (wonyoungcho@lclark.edu)
  • Professional Mental Health Counseling
    Dr. Stella Kerl-McClain (sbk@lclark.edu); Dr. Amy Rees
    (arees@lclark.edu)
  • Professional Mental Health Counseling - Addictions
    Dr. Cort Dorn-Medeiros (dorn-medeiros@lclark.edu);
    Dr. Alexia DeLeon (alexiadeleon@lclark.edu)

Next Steps

If you are already physically on-site at your internship (i.e., doing telemental health or onboarding/training):

  1. You need to inform the placement office. This will prompt the Placement Office to verify that your site is adhering to public health mandates. Then, the placement office will send you an electronic disclosure form asking you to follow safety protocols at your site.
  2. If your site is in Multnomah County, please email Nori Valdez Gruber at cpsyplacement@lclark.edu as soon as possible.

If you ARE ready/want to be on-site at your internship (i.e., telehealth, onboarding/training, face-to-face):

  1. If outside of Multnomah county: Please email Nori to let her know so that she can send your site a verification statement to confirm that they are ready to receive you. Then, the placement office will send you an electronic disclosure asking you to follow safety protocols at your site.
  2. If within Multnomah County:
    Please email Nori to let her know that you would like the placement office to seek verification of your site’s readiness to bring you on board. This way, when the county enters Phase 1, we can have everything ready to go.

Please note: You must wait for an official approval email to be sent from the Placement Office before going to your site. Nori will sign off on all verifications for Multnomah County as soon as we receive official confirmation of the county reopening.

If you CANNOT or ARE NOT ready to return on-site at this time:

Is your site asking you to?

No. This is just fine. You will be back eventually. Keep calm and carry on!

Yes. Please schedule an appointment to discuss this with your clinical coordinator.

Program-Specific Contingency Plans

Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy