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Supervision

Quality, culturally-competent supervision is considered a central component of the BCC training program. Throughout the training year, primary supervisors meet regularly to monitor interns' progress, address training issues and/or concerns, and discuss the supervisory process. The structure and process of supervision at BCC provides interns with the context, security, and reassurance necessary for self-examination and open presentation of their work, while also stimulating the acquisition of new understanding, techniques, and perspectives.

The objectives of supervision are for interns to learn and refine clinical skills, consolidate a strong ethical, spiritually-integrated professional identity, and become more confident in their various roles and responsibilities, while ensuring competency in the delivery of services to Biola University student and community clients. Interns receive ongoing supervision, support and guidance for their outreach, consultation, and research activities, psychological testing, and supervision of practicum level trainees within each specified training seminar.

Individual Supervision

Interns receive two hours per week of individual supervision from their Primary Supervisor and one hour per week from a Secondary Supervisor. Individual supervision is intended to facilitate the development of the profession-wide and program-specific competencies. BCC supervisors strive to provide a safe and trusting environment in which accurate self-assessment of interns' growing edges can take place.

Supervisors utilize video recordings to enhance their evaluation of intern skills and the overall supervision process. The intern’s primary supervisor takes point on all individual clinical and crisis cases, works to consolidate the intern’s multicultural competence and spiritual integration skills, and coordinates the intern’s overall training experience and professional development. Secondary supervisors provide additional professional development support and offer unique or more nuanced perspectives by focusing in-depth on the intern’s work with a single client or case at a time. Additional supervision in group therapy and/or specialty populations such as children and adolescents are also provided.

Video Group Supervision

Interns participate in Video Group Supervision for two hours per week facilitated by the Director of Internship Training. On a rotating basis, interns share and collectively analyze digital recordings of their clinical work using a structured supportive process. Video Group provides a forum for interns to address any ethical or legal issues and offer feedback/peer supervision to one another while exploring the process of psychotherapy, their roles as therapists, and how to use themselves more effectively in therapeutic encounters. Video Group also provides time to discuss training issues and address transitional and developmental issues of the interns individually and as a group throughout the internship year.Near the end of the training year, each intern does a formal case presentation using video segments. This presentation requires them to demonstrate scholarly inquiry and scientific integration, as well as to present clinical material in a clear and meaningful way, in preparation for upcoming job interviews.

Supervision of Supervision

The supervision seminar meets weekly for one hour and is devoted to the on-going supervision of the supervision that the interns provide to practicum-level trainees, and to ensuring the quality of care clients receive from the interns’ supervisees. Interns learn to integrate different models of culturally-sensitive, competency-based supervision to foster trust, facilitate growth and meet each supervisee's needs, and learn to make supervisory interventions appropriate to the supervisee's stage of development.

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