The following supervision requirements are in effect for all clinical work:
- Supervision is the close monitoring by an approved supervisor of each student's current therapy cases.
- Students will be supervised every calendar week in which they treat therapy cases.
- Students behind the one-way mirror may receive credit for group supervision provided that (1) at least one supervisor is present behind the one-way mirror, (2) there are no more than six students present behind the mirror, and (3) the supervisory experience involves an interactional process between the student-therapist, the treatment team, and the supervisor.
- Supervision of two students (dyadic supervision) can be counted as equivalent to supervision of an individual. One hour of individual supervision per week is mandatory.
- If other students are present when a supervisor is conducting live supervision, only the therapist(s) in the room with the client may count the time as individual supervision.
- Group supervision, defined as the monitoring by a supervisor of the current cases of a group of students, is required and will not exceed six students per group.
CLINICAL HOURS AND SUPERVISION
The student must total at least 250 hours in face-to-face contact with couples and families, 50 of which must be completed at the Family Therapy Clinic. The remaining clinical hours (250) may be accumulated while working with individuals and groups. Students must maintain at least 10 hours of clinical work per week for each semester they are enrolled in practicum and internship. An individual supervision ratio of one hour to five clinical hours must be maintained. Supervision can include case presentations, video/audio tapes of the students' work, and live supervision. AAMFT requires that at least 50% of material presented to supervisors' raw data, i.e., audiotapes, videotaped, or live viewing. Group supervision (with no more than six individuals in a groups) is also viewed as a valuable learning experience. Students are expected to structure their supervision to maximize their learning process. Students must have received 100 hours of individual supervision at time of graduation with no less than a minimum 50 hours utilizing direct observation.
** It is the student's responsibility to maintain accurate records of his or her accumulating hours and to keep copies of these records in his/her file in the Marriage and Family Therapy Department. Students must present documentation of supervision and clinical hours to placement supervisors at the end of each month. Supervisors must sign documentation forms to validate the information recorded by the student. When a student applies for graduation, written evidence of these hours must be presented. Supervisors at off-campus placement sites must be AAMFT-approved supervisors, supervisors-in-training, or the equivalent, and Connecticut-licensed marriage and family therapists.
CLIENT CONTACT AND SUPERVISION HOURS
Assuming that all supervision and client contact hours meet COAMFTE requirements outlined in the Manual on Accreditation, hours of contact and supervision may be counted as follows:
- Supervision behind a one-way mirror: Students behind a one-way mirror in groups of to six persons may receive group supervision, provided an appropriate supervisor is present and the students are actively participating the session. Passive observation of other students' cases is not counted as supervision. Up to two students seeing a client on the other side of the one-way mirror may concurrently receive client contact and individual supervision, provided the supervisor is actively supervising the case (i.e., phone-ins, consultations, etc.).
- Video individual and group supervision: When a student presents a video recording in group supervision, the student receives individual and group supervision provided no more than five additional students (for a total of six) are present with a supervisor. The additional five or fewer students receive group supervision, provided they are actively involved in the process.
- Group supervision: Group supervision consists of a supervisor and six or fewer students. Regardless of the number of supervisors present, a group cannot exceed six students and qualify for group supervision. For example, eight students and two supervisors are not appropriate because the number of students exceed six.
- Therapy and supervision involving supervisors and supervisees: If a supervisor and no more than two supervisees are physically present in the treatment room, the supervisee may receive client contact (if the supervisor and supervisee are co-therapists), or supervision, but not both. The role of the supervisors (supervisor or co-therapist) should be clearly defined prior to the session.
All graduate classes meet from the end of August to May on a once-a-week basis, in the evenings for 2-1/2 hours. Class times are 5-7:30 p.m. and 7:35-10:05 p.m. There are three summer sessions. Sessions A and B meet two evenings a week for five hours over a five-week period. Session C meets five days per week, mornings or evenings, for three weeks. Additional information is available in the general catalog. Clinic requirements may necessitate additional time over and above these parameters.