Grad: Keeping the Vision in Supervision
Internships with experienced clinicians and in-session feedback prepare students for future.
John Carmack (Professor): Would you go to a surgeon who’s never had another surgeon watch him do surgery, no. Well the same thing now is true in the mental field. One of the requirements here to be a faculty member is that you are doing clinical. That you’re still up on all the newest techniques. You can’t be an intern anywhere unless there is a supervisor present when you see clients. We want our students, our graduates to be strong clinically, we’re not a research university, we’re a strong clinical program and so we believe in keeping the vision in supervision.
Liz Herron (Student): At the beginning of the semester, Dr. Carmack said you know, practicum is kind of like learning to swim. And this whole time that you’ve been in class, you’ve been sitting on the side of the pool, learning all the mechanics of swimming, but being in practicum is actually getting in the pool for the first time. And that’s definitely what it felt like for me.
John Carmack (Professor): We can utilize our interns, who are almost complete with their master’s degree, but being under that watchful eye of a PhD supervisor. And so in this room, and every other clinical room, you will have a camera. And that therapist can watch and hear, and directly intervene into that room. The ability to be able to intervene in the moment is the best way to train anybody. We all give feedback to the therapist. What we think that therapist did that listen, Joe, when you were doing this, you were clicking. So do more of that, because you’re clicking. And Joe, when you’re doing this, man you’re missing it. And what that does is that when a student leaves this program they actually feel a degree of readiness.