The extensive supervision provided during the internship year is a major strength of the program. At the beginning of each rotation, interns meet with their supervisor(s) to discuss clinical responsibilities and supervisor/intern expectations. Interns receive feedback on performance during weekly supervision sessions. At the conclusion of each rotation, interns receive written feedback on their performance. If deficiencies are noted, the supervisor and intern jointly develop a plan for remedying these problems. Interns also have the opportunity to complete written evaluations of their supervisors.
Interns are assigned a primary faculty supervisor for each major neuropsychology rotation. Depending upon the rotation, supervisors will be experienced in child, adult, or geriatric neuropsychology. We currently have nine neuropsychologists certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology / American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology across the child, adult, and geriatric rotations. Each week, the intern will receive at least 2 hours of individual assessment supervision in addition to approximately 2 hours of group supervision as part of the weekly Neuropsychology Case Seminars. Individual supervision provides an opportunity for intensive, one-on-one discussion and case conceptualization with a faculty member. Group supervision provides an opportunity to interact with Neuropsychology Residents (Fellows), Practicum Students, and Faculty. Additional informal supervision regularly occurs as the intern manages the demands of clinical services.
The format for supervision during the minor treatment rotations varies with the setting, the supervisor, and the intern’s needs, and may include individual or group supervision, review of process notes, use of audio or videotapes, and live supervision and/or co-therapy. During the course of the year, supervision will range from a heavily didactic experience in areas that the intern is lacking knowledge or experience, to being focused primarily on helping the intern achieve a clearer sense of identity as a professional psychologist. For example, on the Psychiatric Emergency Service, an intern initially observes the supervising psychologist, then interviews the patient with the supervising psychologist, and finally sees the patient individually with immediate supervision following the interview. Psychotherapy cases are supervised on an individual basis, or in a group format (1½ hour group supervision).