The SOPP Faculty has approved a project whereby students identify or list activities in the two competency areas of Consultation/Education and Management/ Supervision.
The purpose of this requirement is to (a) highlight for students and faculty members the importance of completing supervised practice activities in these competency areas, as well as coursework, and (b) assure that each student engages in at least a modest amount and variety of these activities. An added benefit is that students will then be able to add this information to their internship applications.
This proposal does not ask students to enroll in additional courses, and, based on focus-group work with students, it is likely that a majority of our students already complete more activities than are required here. In those cases, students will only need to report their activities and summarize them, as described below. Other students will be encouraged to engage in new activities to round out their training.
What activities would count?
Examples of activities that fit into the two competency areas of Consultation/Education and Management/Supervision are listed on the Activity Report form. The items listed under each competency area are examples only. If you are not sure where the activity fits, complete the form and provide your best estimate for the category.
How much must each student do?
Each student is required to complete a minimum of three activities totaling a minimum of 20 hours in each of the two competency areas.
A reflective process
In addition to completing the activities, students are asked to engage in a reflective process of writing a brief summary of the activities for each competency area.
What should students do?
Students complete one report for each activity. Be sure to have the person who supervised the activity review and sign the Activity Report. Contact your Academic Advisor to obtain a signature on the report. Submit one copy of the signed form to the Office of Academic Affairs for your academic file and keep one copy for yourself. We suggest you maintain a file or portfolio that contains copies of these forms and any supportive information about the experience. This narrative summary and Activity Report form are available online.
Guidelines for counting activities
- Activities of 30 minutes or more may be counted; activities of less than 30 minutes each may not be grouped together to total 30 minutes. For example, making collateral contacts regarding a client would count under Consultation/Education if the contacts lasted for 30 minutes or more, but would not be counted if they lasted only 10 minutes, and several 10-minute contacts on various clients cannot be added together to meet this criterion. Multiple contacts on one client may be counted, however, if the total collateral contacts on one client totaled 30 minutes or more.
- Only face-to-face time is counted. That is, preparation time typically does not count toward the 30-minute criterion.
- Only activities completed during the time of matriculation at SOPP may be counted. Experiences accumulated prior to enrolling in SOPP are not counted.
- To be included, the experience must have been supervised by an SOPP faculty member, practicum supervisor, or another mental health professional. Work experience that is not professionally supervised is not counted.
- Activities that occur within WSU courses may be counted if they meet all other guidelines. For example a 30-minute formal class presentation or PT presentation may be counted toward the Consultation/Education competency.
- Activities must be broadly related to work in the mental health field. Work related activities in a job may be counted only if the work is in a mental health related field and it is supervised. Management work at a fast food restaurant, for example, would not count.
- Serving as a teaching assistant (TA) for a course always fits in the Consultation/Education competency. Such work may also fit in the Management/ Supervision competency (but not in both) if the work focused on teaching a clinical skill and included working one-on-one or in small groups, such as might occur in Interviewing I, Assessment II, and Crisis. Serving as an assistant with writing skills, statistics, report writing in assessment, etc. would not qualify for the Management/ Supervision competency.
- Delivering a paper or poster at a professional meeting would typically count for 30 minutes in the Consultation/Education competency even if the student did not formally present for a full 30 minutes. Here preparation time is counted toward the 30 minutes.
- Service learning projects count if they meet all other requirements.
- Graduate assistantship and student government work might qualify in either category if the work is supervised by a psychologist. For example, time spent on management activities would be listed under Management/Supervision and time spent on education would count for the Consultation/Education competency. Separate forms are needed for separate entries.
Examples of activities that would not count
- Clinic case conferences or staff meetings, unless a 30-minute case presentation is made
- Activities completed prior to enrolling in SOPP
- Employment or volunteer work that is not clearly mental health related
- Big-Sib/Little-Sib activities
- Unsupervised case discussions with other students or work colleagues
Definitions of competencies
- Consultation: A collaborative process between the clinician and other providers or significant others on behalf of a client.
- Education: Providing information or resources to a client or other learners (e.g., formal classroom teaching).
- Management: Activities that direct, organize, or control the services that the student or agency offer to clients.
- Supervision: Activities that are directed toward the enhancement of clinical skills of the supervisee.