Requirements for Successful Completion of Internship
Formal performance evaluations will occur at the conclusion of the fall and spring rotations (January & July). Informal, mid-semester discussions, including all involved supervisors, will also occur where concerns will be discussed with the hope that they may be corrected before the conclusion of the term. Pragmatic ways of supporting the intern’s development in these concerning areas are discussed and this feedback is be relayed to the intern by both the training director and the primary supervisor.
Nine profession-wide competencies defined by the APA’s Commission on Accreditation are measured by the Overall Evaluation of Intern Form, which is completed by primary and ancillary supervisors at the conclusion of each term. Each supervisor will use this instrument to document their impressions of the intern only in the area in which have observed and supervised the intern.
Any competency cluster that averages below a 3 on the first (fall) performance evaluation will require a remediation plan that defines how the intern will improve their performance in this area. Should a competency cluster average below a 2, that intern’s home institution will also be notified of the intern’s deficits and the plan that is in place to remediate these deficits. The Training Director discusses remediation plans with the intern and this plan may impact the choice of supervisor for the second rotation. The intern’s primary supervisor is made aware of the concerns and actively works with the intern to improve his/her performance in the areas of concern.
The following benchmarks must be met in order to successfully complete internship:
1. Completion of 2,000 total training hours.
2. Completion of 500 direct clinical hours.
3. Completion of 8 outreaches during the intern year.
4. Completion of 2 formal case presentations to the CAPS staff.
5. Timely completion of all record keeping.
6. Adherence to APA ethical guidelines and to the rules and regulations of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and relevant laws in the State of Texas.
7. At the final performance evaluation (July), an intern must average a 3 or above across each competency cluster in order to successfully complete the internship.