Clinical training for externs is provided through individual supervision and through a variety of didactic and case-based seminars.
UIC employs a multiple supervisory model, which is intended to give each extern exposure to several distinctive training relationships, approaches, and perspectives. More specifically, externs receive three hours a week of individual clinical supervision. Each extern meets with a licensed Primary Supervisor for two hours weekly. The Primary Supervisor oversees the extern's comprehensive training and service activities, including the majority of the extern's psychotherapy cases. The extern will also be matched with a Secondary Supervisor, who will provide supervision of intake reports/disposition and supervision of a single therapy case. Finally, externs will receive supervision of a separate therapy case from a Single-Case Supervisor (typically a pre-doctoral intern). Scheduled for one hour a week, both Secondary and Single-Case supervision provide externs with the unique opportunity to focus intensively on the specific therapeutic dynamics of a single case as it proceeds over the course of treatment. Assignment of supervisors is determined by a combination of extern preferences and staff availability.
In addition to their individual supervisors, externs can anticipate contact with other clinical staff members, who are available to trainees as consultants and as leaders of the various training seminars (see below). Moreover, externs who participate in one or both of the available training rotations will be assigned a supervisor to oversee those activities as well.
In keeping with the goals of the training program, seminars are designed to explore key theoretical, technical, ethical, multicultural, and diagnostic issues as they relate to the delivery of clinical services in a university setting. To that end, both didactic readings and case materials are used to facilitate externs' understanding of theory and research and their applications to practice. The Multicultural Therapy and Professional Issues Seminars are offered for the duration of the training year, whereas the other seminars are offered for a portion of the year. In general, externs can expect to spend 4 hours a week in seminar training.
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