Supervision is an important facet of the internship year. Each intern will be assigned a primary and a secondary supervisor. The supervisors share responsibility for the intern's caseload and other activities. Within the supervisory relationship, you will have the opportunity to expand your clinical skills while receiving intensive, professional support. Issues covered during supervision include therapy related matters, case management concerns, and ethics and state law germane to the clinical caseload. Previous interns have mentioned the special value of being able to review videotapes of their sessions with supervisors. You will be provided a minimum of two and a maximum of three regularly scheduled hours of individual supervision per week. Additional individual supervision is provided for other clinical activities (e.g., leading a group, psychological assessment, outreach) as applicable.
Interns also take part in group supervision throughout the training year. Group supervision consists of one to two regularly scheduled hours per week during which interns and a member of the training team discuss therapy related case management or focus in-depth on a specific therapeutic approach. Group supervision will provide a unique opportunity for you to take advantage of peer supervision in consultation with a member of the professional staff.
In addition to the requisite ongoing individual supervision, interns are afforded the opportunity for supervisory consultation with any permanent staff member. The staff who act as consultants have expertise in diverse areas such as multicultural issues, couples therapy, stress management, group therapy, motivational interviewing, and psychological testing. These combined experiences allow for ready access to a fund of information and practical experience regarding psychiatric diagnosis, referral, and the use of psychoactive medications.