Psychology Practicum: Supervision and Evaluation

Practicum counselors receive two hours of individual supervision each week on their individual psychotherapy cases. One of these hours is with a licensed psychologist, and the other hour is with a doctoral intern. They also meet weekly with the entire training cohort for at least one hour of group supervision of individual therapy and/or group supervision of group therapy. Trainees are expected to spend 30 minutes after each co-facilitated group therapy session for processing and supervision with their licensed co-facilitator.

Supervisors are expected to provide trainees with continuous feedback on their progress via weekly supervisory meetings. The practicum trainee and supervisor establish goals and expectations at the beginning of their work together; the supervisor prepares a formal learning contract and the trainee compiles a list of training goals. At mid-semester a formative evaluation is conducted between each trainee and supervisor dyad. At the end of each semester, summative written and oral evaluations are conducted. We use a reciprocal evaluation process in which trainees evaluate their supervisors each semester. The assigned supervisor is responsible for communicating with the practicum trainee's academic director of clinical training at their home institution.