Formative evaluation of professionals in training in our training program takes place in four major ways. First, the most intensive and continuing evaluation is done on a daily and weekly basis by individual supervisors as part of the supervisory experience.
Second, on a biweekly basis supervisors discuss the progress of each trainee at a supervisors' meeting. This includes comments from individual supervisors and staff observations of trainees at weekly clinical meetings and in daily interactions. The designated primary supervisor shares with the trainee feedback generated by these meetings.
Third, a written qualitative evaluation of each professional in training is produced twice annually, in December and at the conclusion of the trainee's program.
Lastly, the Director of Training completes the UCC Trainee Competency Evaluation Form for each professional in training in December and at the end of their training year and reviews them with each intern or postdoc. These forms are sent to the predoctoral interns' graduate programs at those times along with a summary of the narrative discussed above to provide their home departments written feedback about the trainee's progress.
In addition, all major-time trainees meet as a group on a biweekly basis in order to develop as a group written feedback for each supervisor in December and in May. Each supervisor shares his or her feedback with other supervisors. This allows the interns and other major time trainees to help supervisors enhance their skills and stay accountable. Trainees also have a monthly meeting with the Director of Training to discuss or air any grievance, make suggestions, and reflect on their training experience. At the end of the internship year, interns will engage in a formal evaluation of the overall internship program.