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Evaluation and Supervision

Evaluation

The goal of the developmental model of internship training is for the intern to develop his/her skills throughout the course of the year and work toward increased competence and independence. Each quarter, doctoral health psychology interns – and their respective primary and secondary supervisors – complete an evaluation of the intern’s competencies. This quarterly evaluation is comprised of three segments:

  1. The intern’s self-evaluation of competency
  2. The supervisor’s evaluation of the intern’s competency
  3. The intern’s evaluation of supervision

Generally, the intern/supervisory relationship should be an open and synergistic one that prevents the possibility of a less-than-expected performance evaluation review at the end of each quarter. Interns and supervisors meet on a weekly basis and it is anticipated that any areas of difficulty will be addressed during those meeting times. For interns who are performing as expected, three evaluations are required during the year, including one evaluation in November (first quarter review), February (second quarter review) and July (fourth quarter review). For interns who are not meeting required competencies by the second quarter review, and/or who may need a plan of remediation, a third quarter evaluation is expected and will occur in May.

As stated, the goal of the internship program is to develop beginning professional-level competence and independence in all interns. The quarterly evaluation ratings are designed to reflect the level of competency. It is not anticipated that interns receive a perfect rating in all areas during, or at the end of, the internship. Beginning, professional-level readiness is determined by an average competency rating reflecting a moderate need for supervision.

Once exiting the program, intern graduates will be contacted for three years following the internship in order to provide feedback on the effectiveness of the training program. The internship training program will be revised based on the intern’s response regarding his/her preparation for the practice of psychology.

Supervision

Devereux recognizes that quality supervision is essential to our internship training program. Each intern is assigned a primary supervising psychologist who acts as his or her mentor during the year. The primary supervisor is a licensed, doctoral-level psychologist who will provide a minimum of two hours of individual face-to-face supervision weekly. Interns also receive a minimum of two additional hours of supervision each week from supplemental supervisors. The primary and supplemental supervisors complement each other and ensure intensive supervision that fosters professional and personal growth. In addition, interns meet on a regular basis with the Director of Training. Additional group supervision is provided on seminar days.