Ongoing feedback between senior staff and interns is a critical component of our training model. Feedback must be timely, constructive, and consistent in order to be most effective. Interns are evaluated for competency in the following areas:
-Ethical and Legal Standards
-Individual and Cultural Diversity
-Professional values, attitudes and behaviors
-Communication and interpersonal skills
-Consultation and interpersonal/interdisciplinary skills
Once interns have arrived at UNH, each intern meets with the Director of Training to discuss her/his goals for the internship year. The Director of Training uses this information as well as the preferences of the interns and the senior staff to select the primary supervisor for each intern. Interns and supervisors are encouraged to continue defining and articulating interns' training goals throughout the Internship. The evaluation, due process and grievance procedures are explained to interns during orientation. These are shared with interns both verbally and in written form in their intern manual. In addition, each primary supervisor reviews the evaluation form and the supervision contract with the intern supervisee at the beginning of their work together.
Intern performance is evaluated continually across the span of the internship. Interns and senior staff supervisors work together closely on many of the tasks in which a counseling center psychologist engages. Through the provision of co-therapy and co-facilitation, viewing digitally taped clinical sessions, and reviewing written records, staff observes interns' intakes, individual and group therapy, emergency sessions, consultation and outreach work, administrative tasks, and professional interactions with other PACS staff and with adjunct training staff. Feedback is given on a continuous basis during individual and group supervision as well as in meetings initiated by staff and interns. Interns complete self-evaluations at the beginning of Fall Semester and the end of Spring Semester. These are shared with their supervisors.
Formal evaluations by the Senior Staff of the interns' work are held five times each year.
Mid-Semester: During the middle of the Fall and Spring semesters, the Senior Staff meets for an evaluation of intern progress. Each intern's primary supervisor shares the agreed upon goals and the progress made. Feedback is solicited from other staff members based upon their supervision of and contact with the intern. The purpose of this meeting is early identification and communication with the senior staff and intern about skills that are not meeting criteria for their developmental level and that need more focused attention or changes in our typical training plan in order to reach competency. Interns receive the feedback their primary supervisor and from their other supervisors as appropriate. The primary supervisor writes a letter to the intern combining all the feedback. Each intern is required to respond in writing to this letter. Both letters are sent to the intern's academic program.
End of Semester: At the end of each semester and the summer session, an evaluation is also completed. All staff members in supervisory roles are asked to provide feedback to the intern's primary supervisor as well as to the intern. This feedback is written and verbal. Again, interns are asked to respond to this feedback. The evaluation form and the intern's response are sent to the intern's academic program.
More specifically, for successful completion of the internship, interns must:
- Achieve a rating of “Developing Appropriately” for the Foundational Competencies at the end of the fall and spring semesters. At the end of the internship year, the intern must have a rating of “Entry to Practice” for all Foundational Competencies.
- Successfully complete workshop requirement (presentation of 8 workshops over the Internship year).
- Successfully complete all paperwork associated with therapy cases
- Successfully complete two written case presentations integrating assessment data
- Successfully complete a research project or scholarly inquiry on a clinical specialty
- Successfully complete the consultation project
- Successfully complete the Intern Project
- Meet our 2,000 hour requirement and 500 face-to-face clinical contact hour requirement
Post-Internship measures include the completion of the doctoral degree, job placement in the field of psychology, professional activities, and licensure.