I come into this conversation both as a supervisee and soon-to-be supervisor for first-year graduate students.
I'm currently in my third/last practicum placement of my graduate school career. If all goes well, I wil be starting up my internship in the next 12 months ::crosses fingers:. So what I have looked for in a supervisor, is someone who has a heart for passing on their wisdom about the field, but takes into consideration what his or her supervisee is wanting to get from his or her practicum experience.
For example, during my first practicum year, I felt that my direct supervisor was forced to be a supervisor. So many times I felt that I was an obligation or that meeting with me just allowed her to check off another thing on her "to-do" list for the day; I felt as important as the need to pick up her clothes from the dry cleaners - which I guess is important, but no one wants to be put in the same category as a pair of black slacks.
During my second practicum year my supervisor was very interactive, and helped me get through my difficult professional development time period. She was willing to let go of what she wanted to teach me and be there to help me with what I needed to understand and learn. However, I still wondered if her heart was really in it, or if this experience was for her CV.
My best supervision experience has come this year. I have been at my current site for 4 months now and I still remember my first session. My first assignment was this, "Over the next week, I want you to think about what you want out of supervision. When we meet again, I want you to tell me your hopes, dreams, and wishes about supervision." The following week I told him, and since then he has been amazing at providing me with what I want and need. That does not mean he allows me to follow my own agenda. If he finds an articles or a book that he believes will help me he tells me to read it. If there are mistakes in my progress notes or with how I present an idea in session or during supervision, he lets me know of my mistake. Most importantly though, is that he is incredibly involved in the psychologist I am becoming. He gets excited when I tell him that I understand a concept. He gets a huge grin on his face when I tell him that I was watching a movie or struggling with something in my own life and reflected back to something he taught me or something I read in an article. It feels great to have someone who is cheering for me.
My question for you, as a soon-to-be supervisor, of soon-to-be practicum students, and as a student myself, is what do you look for in students and supervisees?
SW; SBMI (8.10.11): 224; 38.5
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