Clinical training teams are an integral part of the clinical training program. These teams are designed to enhance the clinical skills and professional growth of each student. A clinical faculty member leads teams of five to eight students at varying levels of practicum training. The mixture of training levels provides a rich training environment in which students learn from each other as well as from the faculty leader. Students present clinical cases and discuss diagnostic, therapeutic, ethical and case conceptualization issues with the team. The clinical faculty member oversees, evaluates and provides constructive feedback to students with the purpose of facilitating their clinical skills and professional growth.
Clinical teams do not take the place of on-site supervision in practicum sites. Rather, these teams function in addition to the primary site supervision that each student receives on a weekly basis. The on-site supervision assures appropriate clinical care for each client/patient, while on-campus oversight assures appropriate clinical skill development and professional growth of students.
Clinical teams meet for one hour every Wednesday morning during the fall and spring semesters. Students join clinical teams in the spring semester of their prepracticum year and continue meeting with a clinical team throughout their practicum and preinternship training. Faculty members rotate to a new team at the beginning of each semester so that students are exposed to a variety of supervision styles and case conceptualization models throughout their training. Faculty members also have the opportunity to observe and monitor the clinical skill development of each student through this process.
Preinterns are trained and monitored in the development of clinical supervision skills. They have the opportunity to provide some oversight to beginning prepracticum and Practicum I students under the supervision of clinical faculty members. Preinterns work closely with faculty members on the clinical teams and have an additional hour of supervision each week by their clinical faculty leader.