I'm about to start my internship in a few weeks (training begins over the summer, then it picks up during the regular semester), and I'm much more nervous about it than I expected. It's going to be in a group home for the severely mentally ill and mentally retarded. I am nervous because I have no real work experience with these groups. I will be working with/under an LCSW who will not be present for about half the time I'm working (I got picked because I'm available to work evenings and weekends). I spoke to my interviewer a couple months ago and he assured me that this is what interns do--that I'm not expected to have all the answers and be able to know what I'm doing, but then (almost in the same breath) he said I will be doing group therapy on my own "once or twice a week." (!) I told him I did not presently feel comfortable or competent to do that and he laughed and said, "It will come. It will come." Am I worrying too much? Or did you experience these things when you were working in your internships? The bottom line is that I am excited to have landed a practicum in the mental health field (which I understand is not always possible because of the high number of students applying), but I feel woefully under-prepared at the same time. Care to share your experience(s)? What was it like for you?