Supervision and Evaluation
The fellowship provides each trainee the required supervised experience to meet licensing regulations in most states. For instance, in California psychologists must acquire 1500 hours of supervised post doctoral experiences to qualify for licensure. The program is a one-year, full-time training experience.
In order to comply with CAPIC, APA, APPIC and state standards for supervised experience, fellows are provided with at least the following core supervision hours:
- Two hours per week of individual supervision with a licensed clinical psychologist
- At least two hours per week of group supervision with a licensed clinical psychologist
Each supervisor formally evaluates fellows at least twice; supervisors are expected to review their evaluations in person with the fellow prior to submission. The evaluations of each supervisor are integrated and summarized by the Fellowship Director and discussed in person with the fellow. A written summary of the feedback is prepared quarterly and signed by the Primary Supervisor and the fellow. The six-month evaluation is particularly detailed and takes stock of the accomplishments in the first half of the fellowship year and the goals of the second half.
Any evaluation that include a negative rating, that is, a rating of the fellow’s performance as below the standard in the field, is supported by concrete examples. In cases of disagreement between the supervisors and the fellow, all attempts will be made to resolve the issue informally, utilizing the intervention of the Fellowship Director or the Director of Clinical Services. However, the fellow always has the option of using the grievance procedures detailed below.
The fellows formally evaluate supervisors at the end of the fellowship year. The evaluations are confidential as to specifics and the fellows’ identities, but may be summarized to the supervisor by the Fellowship Director for the purpose of professional development and program planning. Fellows are encouraged to bring to their supervisors any conflicts or possible miscommunications and to inform the Fellowship Director of the outcome.
Fellows are asked to participate in the formal evaluation of the fellowship at the end of the year, again one year later, and five years later. These evaluations form part of the program’s ongoing self study.