APA Internship Activities

Supervision

The primary role of the intern is trainee. Every professional activity is supervised, either by an individual supervisor or in group setting.

Clinical supervision

Interns receive two hours of individual supervision for clinical cases each week. Licensed psychologists provide this supervision. In order to provide a breadth of supervisory and training experiences, interns switch primary supervisors after six months. Primary supervisors assist the intern in establishing training goals and provide ongoing supervision for individual clients, crisis situations, and on-call coverage. In addition, primary supervisors facilitate discussion of professional development issues (e.g., emerging identity as a therapist, use of self in the therapy process, application of theoretical orientation, and job search/interview questions).

Supervision of group therapy is provided by the senior staff co-facilitator, or by a designated senior staff member in the event that interns co-facilitate a group together.

Specialization supervision

Interns meet with their specialization supervisor one hour per week. The specialization supervisor is responsible for:

  • Assisting with the development of the specialization plan for the internship year
  • Providing relevant reading and literature lists
  • Arranging meetings with individuals/departments on campus who are collaborative partners in the specialization area
  • Consulting on the development of outreach programs and presentations
  • Helping the intern establish his or her own sense of identity as a specialist in the area  

In most instances, the supervisor serves as a coordinator of the specialization experience. Although the supervisor can provide clinical supervision for cases related to the specialization, there is never an overlap of cases between the intern's specialization supervisor and primary supervisor. As progress on the specialization plan occurs over the internship year, interns will likely meet with their specialization supervisors every two weeks or as needed.

Assessment supervision

Interns meet weekly for group supervision to receive training and discuss the eating disorder and substance use assessment process (e.g., work with assessment clients, case management and consultation tasks, and the writing of the assessment reports). One hour of group supervision is scheduled with each assessment supervisor (for a total of two hours of assessment supervision each week).

Supervision of a practicum student (and supervision of supervision)

Starting in January of the internship year, interns provide one hour of clinical supervision to a practicum student. The intern provides supervision for 2-3 clients on the practicum student's case load. In addition to viewing video of the supervisee's work with clients and reviewing clinical documentation, interns meet with a senior staff member in a group format for supervision of supervision 1-1.5 hours each week. In these meetings, interns learn to apply developmental models of supervision, discuss their development as supervisors, and address concerns related to the supervision process. Interns also review video of their work with supervisees in supervision of supervision. As previously noted, because interns provide supervision to a practicum student as part of the CCS internship program, previous completion of a supervision course is a preferred but not required qualification.