Supervision

Regularly scheduled face-to-face individual and group supervision is provided by staff supervisors in the agency, who carry clinical responsibility for the cases being supervised. Supervisors are licensed mental health professionals who are in good standing with the California Board of Psychology or the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Trainees and interns meet with their primary supervisor weekly and following case discussions have their progress notes, mental health assessments, treatment plans, etc. regarding each client co-signed by the appropriate supervisor. Supervisors also meet monthly to review supervision issues and practices.

Individual supervision: 2 hours/week
Group supervision: 2 hours/week

Individual supervision will be provided by a licensed psychologist. Group supervision will be provided by a licensed clinical supervisor (Psychologist, MFT or LCSW).

Modalities: Direct observation, audiotape, videotape, case presentations, review of written work

Regularly scheduled face-to-face individual and group supervision is provided by staff supervisors in the agency, who carry clinical responsibility for the cases being supervised. Supervisors are licensed mental health professionals who are in good standing with the California Board of Psychology or the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Interns meet with their primary supervisor weekly and following case discussions have their progress notes, mental health assessments, treatment plans, etc. regarding each client co-signed by the appropriate supervisor. Supervisors also meet regularly to review supervision issues and practices.

Supervision includes:

a. At least one regular weekly meeting at which the intern and supervisor discuss cases, problems, and therapy, etc.

i) For Therapy, the supervisor:

– May observe or co-facilitate therapy sessions

– Has a weekly discussion of treatment plans

– Reviews client response to treatment

– Reads the intern’s documentation, then co-signs

– Ensures promptness of progress notes, treatment plans and

assessments

– Will provide live supervision at least two times per training year for each

intern

ii) For Psychological Testing and Assessment, the supervisor:

– Reviews test protocols

– Reviews diagnostic issues and treatment recommendations

– Reads the intern’s report, then co-signs

– Ensures the promptness of testing report and feedback to client

– Provides regular face-to-face supervision to the intern during the

assessment process for any given testing referral

b. Supervision will also involve the viewing of sessions directly or through a one way mirror, review of audio-taped or videotaped sessions, or co-therapy.

c. Ethical issues and questions, and relevant legislation and codes/standards of practice are also discussed in supervision as they arise in the interns’ clinical work.

Peer Supervision

For a period of 3 months, interns will function as a peer supervisor for an assigned peer staff at the agency and will provide weekly peer supervision. Peer supervision will be in addition to other supervision received by staff. The intern will also receive weekly supervision around this process as they analyze their approach, consider professional boundaries, and hone their growing skill as a supervisor.