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At the beginning of the year, supervisory assignments are made by the Postdoc Coordinator and the supervisory staff. Prior to the beginning of the fellowship year, each postdoc is asked to submit a written statement about their goals and needs in supervision, including but not limited to theoretical orientation and supervisory style. These written statements are used by the supervisory staff to make initial supervisory assignments. Multiple factors are considered, including the postdoc’s skill level, theoretical orientation, training needs, goals and interests, as well as the interests, strengths, skills and preferences of supervisory staff.
Intensive individual supervision is provided throughout the postdoctoral year and is considered a core component of training. In supervision, postdocs receive support for their growth and development as professional psychologists as well as ongoing feedback regarding their strengths, goals for training and areas for improvement. Supervisory functions include monitoring client welfare, promoting and enhancing clinical and consultation skills, encouraging personal and professional growth and evaluating postdoc progress in each of these areas. The supervisory relationship is a core aspect of each postdoc’s training experience during the postdoctoral year.
Postdocs receive 2.0 hours/week of individual supervision, 1.5 hours/week with a psychologist and .5 hours/week with the emphasis area supervisor. Additional consultation is arranged on an as-needed basis. Supervisors are responsible for overseeing each postdoc’s individual client caseloads. Supervisors are available for consultation with supervisees at times other than regularly scheduled supervision times.
Individual Emphasis Area Supervision
Postdocs experience .5 hours/week of individual supervision related to their emphasis area. Supervision is provided by senior staff dependent on the emphasis area (i.e., behavioral health, group counseling and program development, assessment, and supervision and training).
Each postdoc also participates in 1 hour/week of group supervision with a two psychologists and the other members of the postdoc cohort. Group supervision is an opportunity to present and review individual cases, to process feelings and reactions, and to seek consultation and feedback.
Supervision of Group
Postdocs meet with their group co-facilitators to debrief for 30 minutes after each weekly group session. Topics of conversation include dynamics of individual group members and the group process, administrative considerations, and roles and processes of the group co-facilitators.