Supervision

Consistent with APA Guidelines for Clinical Supervision in Health Science Psychology, the Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program (PFTP) views supervision as a collaborative relationship between a fellow and a supervisor that extends over time and that has both facilitative and evaluative components.  The overarching goal of supervision is to guide the fellow toward achieving independent competence in research and/or the provision of psychological health services.  

All PFTP fellows are expected to provide feedback to their supervisors during each 6-month evaluation time point.  However, supervision feedback should occur as part of the ongoing collaborative relationship between the fellow and his or her supervisor(s).

Clinical Programs

The Clinical Psychology Program (CPP) and Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty Program (CNSP) adopt the definitional goals of supervision set forth in the Guidelines on Supervision:  to enhance the professional competence and science-informed practice of the supervisee, to monitor the quality of services provided, to protect the public, and to provide a gatekeeping function for entry into the profession.   Supervision in the CPP and CNSP focuses on guiding fellows’ toward achieving independent competency in the nine competency domains identified in our program.

Each CPP and CNSP postdoctoral fellow is provided with a minimum of 2 hours per week of regularly scheduled individual, face-to-face supervision with a minimum of two licensed faculty supervisors (the primary supervisor is always a licensed psychologist).  This supervision is considered part of 4 hours of structured learning activities that each fellow participates in weekly. Fellows in the CPP may also receive group supervision in addition to these individual face-to-face hours. Both CPP and CNSP fellows also receive weekly supervision in their research placement.   In addition, CPP and CNSP fellows participate in one didactic session per year of simulated supervision with peers.  A faculty member supervises this simulated supervision didactic experience.   Fellow and supervisor compliance with minimal supervision requirements is monitored. 

Research Program

All first-year Research Fellowship Program (RFP) postdoctoral fellows receive approximately four hours of structured learning activities weekly.  This includes a minimum of 1 hour per week of regularly scheduled individual, face-to-face research supervision and an average of 2-3 hours per week of structured learning activities in the form of didactics/educational experiences.  Second-year RFP postdoctoral fellows receive a minimum of 1 hour per week of regularly scheduled individual research supervision, and participate in selected didactic activities based on interest.