Intern Evaluation and
Evaluation of Internship Program
During the first week of internship orientation, trainees are given the Internship Training Manual that explains the policies and requirements for the training year. Included in this manual are performances expectations and methods of evaluation. In Administrative Supervision, the Training Director thoroughly reviews the policies, requirements and evaluation procedures with the interns. Trainees are informed that they will be formally evaluated three times per year (December, March, and July) in the following areas:
1. Counseling and Psychotherapy Interventions Skills
2. Group Counseling Intervention Skills
3. Assessment/Diagnostic Skills
4. Outreach/Consultation Skills
5. Microcounseling Skills
6. Professional/Ethical Issues
7. Work Habits and Professionalism
8. Diversity Awareness
9. Use of Supervision
Evaluations are used as a training tool by supervisors and trainees to clarify the tasks at hand. The evaluations assist the interns in meeting their objectives and developing competencies. A structured evaluation form makes use of a Likert scale to quantify the attainment of objectives (i.e., Superior, Adequate, or Inadequate). Supervisor comments are interspersed throughout the form. In addition the evaluation process provides the opportunity for the interns to give evaluative feed back to the supervisors and instructors of each component.
Strengths, concerns, and suggestions are noted in the concluding narrative of the evaluation form. Interns and supervisors sign these evaluations.
The Training Director maintains the original forms and the copies go to the interns and supervisors. For each evaluation period, the supervisors and interns engage in individual feedback sessions to discuss the written evaluations.
In addition to formally scheduled evaluation sessions per trimester, evaluative feedback occurs on an ongoing basis. Supervisors and the TD maintain open and continual discussion about the progress of the trainee. The intention is to maximize the opportunity for learning and professional development. Therefore, trainees become aware of their strengths and weaknesses, as they are exhibited, rather than at the end of a trimester.