Field Experience: Transitioning From Student to Professional

This site is intended to enhance your use of Field Experience by Naijian Zhang and Richard D. Parsons. Please note that all the materials on this site are especially geared toward maximizing your understanding of the material. 

A blueprint for doing clinical work in field experience, this practical book aids students in developing their professional identity on their journey toward becoming a counselor. Authors Naijian Zhang and Richard D. Parsons help students integrate the knowledge they learn across the curriculum by presenting a roadmap of how to start, navigate, and finish a practicum or internship. Throughout the book, coverage of CACREP standards, case illustrations, exercises, and real-life examples create an accessible overview of the entire transitioning process.

Field Experience is part of the SAGE Counseling and Professional Identity Series, which targets specific competencies identified by CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs). To learn more about each text in the series, please visit


We gratefully acknowledge Naijian Zhang and Richard D. Parsons for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Karen Dickinson, Jacqueline Hodes, and Vickie Ann McCoy, all of West Chester University of Pennsylvania, for creating the ancillaries on this site.