PSIC-4611 Supervised Clinic Practice IV
Supervised practice is the primary training strategy to develop high quality professional clinical competences. At first, the supervisor observes and provides feedback on the clinical performance of the student, though observation, using a Gesell dome or audio or video recordings of the sessions. Once the student has demonstrated he/she masters the basic clinical skills, he/she will have the opportunity to work on clinical cases directly, under close supervision of an experienced professional clinical psychologist. The supervision will be conducted on a one on one basis or in groups of not more than three students. During the first sessions, the supervisor may directly participate in the session with the patient together with the student and will be able to model or subsequently provide feedback on performance. The number of patients assigned to each student will progressively grow throughout the training, beginning with four cases during the first clinical practice term and finishing with eight cases during the last semester. The practice will include different types of problems, clinical population and intervention formats. During the last academic term, the students will receive additional training on groups’ management and the needed competences for them to supervise other training students. With the aim of complying with international accreditation standards on graduate practices, Master’s Degree students shall complete approximately 900 hours of clinical activities during their training, including direct contact with patients, supervision, preparation and administrative tasks. Even if the clinical supervisor is the final responsible for the case, the student must fulfill the requirements of the program and those from the District Secretariat of Health.
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