LEND Psychology Internship - Supervision and Evaluation


The faculty take into account the intern's background and interests when developing a plan for the training year so that experiences are somewhat individually tailored. Multiple members of the psychology faculty serve as supervisors, depending on the clinic, the type of case to which the intern is assigned, and an intern's research and placement. Psychology interns may receive additional supervision by a faculty member of any of the disciplines represented at the IDD, particularly in the interdisciplinary clinics.  

The Child Development and Rehabilitation Center and the Doernbecher Children's Hospital were built expressly for teaching purposes and many clinic rooms are fitted with one-way mirrors. Some rooms have two-way communication systems and many have videotaping capabilities. Throughout the year supervisors observe the clinical activities of the interns and then meet with them later for supervisory discussion. Supervisors attend clinical staffings and parent feedback sessions with interns. At any one time, an intern may have two to four supervisors, depending on clinical activities, and receive an average of four to ten hours of observation and discussion from supervisors weekly.

In addition to individualized supervision, interns participate in weekly group supervision. Group supervision emphasizes several areas of professional competence including clinical, ethical, and legal decision-making; specific clinical and professional (e.g. oral presentation) skill development; and supervisory skill development.

Finally, each intern has a faculty research mentor who provides research supervision. The nature of this supervision is tailored to the background, needs, and goals of the intern.


Each supervisor evaluates interns in writing following completion of each rotation, who reviews that feedback with the intern. In addition, the training director meets with each intern to provide summary and cumulative feedback regarding intern progress toward completion. Procedures whereby the interns evaluate the faculty supervisors and the program are also used. Detailed written summary of intern activity and progress are sent to the Director of Clinical Training at the intern's graduate program at least twice during the internship year, approximately mid-year and at completion. Additional communication with an interns' home institution occurs if there is significant concern about problematic and/or incompetent performance.

∗ Please note that evaluation of intern performance is completed using the IDD Division of Psychology internship program's evaluation form, which is based its programmatic aims and profession-wide competencies, articulated in the Standards of Accreditation. Our site is NOT able to use or complete home institution evaluation forms.