Each Fellow will receive various types of individual and group supervision for the range of activities and services they provide, which will be logged to document hours as required by state licensing boards. This supervision includes one hour of weekly individual supervision by Maryland licensed psychologists to cover the Fellow's individual clients, initial assessments, crisis duty, and general professional development. In addition to this supervision, Fellows who co-facilitate group therapy will receive weekly, face-to-face, individual supervision about group work from the senior staff co-facilitator. For after-hours rotations, Fellows will be supervised by senior staff who provides consultation and backup for crisis management. Fellows receive apprenticeship supervision from the senior staff member with whom they are apprenticing to review the functional area and discuss the Fellow's observations and experience. Fellows also receive administrative supervision from the Assistant Director for Training to create and review training and professional goals, as well as provide feedback about the Program. Clinical Team Meetings and staff Case Conferences also serve as two hours of weekly group supervision for Fellows as clinical treatment, case management and conceptualization are discussed in these meetings. All supervision will be designed to support and enhance the Fellow’s professional progress throughout that year.
Postdoctoral Fellow Seminar
Fellows will engage in a seminar that meets regularly and consists of three meetings each month. One meeting will focus on professional development for Fellows to explore issues such as career discernment, job seeking, and the developmental journey of being a Postdoctoral Fellow. The aim is to help Fellows obtain information, support, and perspective on developing their professional identity. Another meeting will combine didactics and dialogue education to expose Fellows to common presenting issues and trending topics in higher education that will inform their clinical work with university populations. Examples are the following: counter-transference, addressing spirituality and religion in counseling, crisis intervention and debriefing, responding to social injustice, grief and loss, gender identity, and personality disorders. Both meetings may be presented by Counseling Center staff, administrators on campus within our Student Development Division, as well as other professionals with knowledge in various areas. One meeting will be reserved for Fellows to meet with the Assistant Director for Training for administrative supervision, debriefing, and support.
Multicultural Case Conference Meetings
Fellows and senior staff will participate in a weekly, one hour case conference meeting. Case conferences provide time for senior staff and Fellows to present individual and group cases or clinical topics for discussion. As part of our ongoing commitment to acknowledging the influence of cultural dimensions in our lives and in our clinical work, each presentation will include a discussion of identity as it might impact our work with clients.
Professional Development Meetings
Senior clinicians from the Baltimore community and beyond are periodically invited to present workshops or lectures on clinically relevant topics of expertise. These meetings might be one hour or a full day, depending on the topic and needs of the staff.
Cultural Reflection Seminars and Cultural Journals
Along with full-time clinicians, Fellows will participate in Cultural Reflections in interview process aimed at increasing self-awareness and clinical skills directly addressing cultural identities. This process is adapted from The Racial Cultural Counseling Competence (RCCC) training model developed by Robert T. Carter (Carter, 2003). Each semester staff explore a cultural reference group (e.g., race, social class, ethnicity, religion, etc.) in order to deepen understanding of ways in which these identities impact our daily interactions, worldview, lived values and work as clinicians. In the course of the year, Fellows will therefore have the opportunity to explore two cultural identities in depth. Fellows will also complete Cultural Journals once a month intended to explore and further develop various identities (e.g., religious, social class, ethnic, gender, racial, etc.) throughout the fellowship year. Each month a written reflection of one of these social group memberships will be submitted and feedback for further exploration is provided. During monthly meetings with the Associate Director, Fellows will reflect on their exploration and deepen the understanding of their written perspective.