Supervision, Didactics, and Additional Training Experiences


Interns receive a minimum of 2 hours of individual supervision each week from a licensed psychologist at their site. Supplemental weekly individual supervision may be provided by other faculty at each site or other partnering sites. Licensed supervisors provide interns with experientially based clinical training. All NV-PIC interns will be observed directly (either live or electronic) by at least one supervisor during each evaluation time period. Audio recordings and written process recordings also may be utilized by NV-PIC supervisors.

Two hours of required weekly group supervision from a licensed psychologist is conducted with all interns across consortium sites via high-quality, secure distance technology. Group supervision focuses on case presentation, supervision, topic-focused discussion, intern-led didactics, and professional development. All interns receive a minimum of 4 hours of supervision per week.

Didactic Seminars and Case Conferences

Opportunities to attend didactic activities such as Case Conferences, staff development trainings, and treatment team meetings vary across internship sites. All interns attend weekly didactic seminars as a group via distance technology.

Topics for didactic seminars may include:

  • Professional Ethics and Nevada Legal Issues
  • Co-occuring Treatment
  • Chronic Illness Management/Integrated Care
  • Competency Evaluations
  • Malingering
  • Evidence Based Practice for Seriously Mentally Ill
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Sex Offender Assessment
  • Child and Family Interventions
  • Personality Disorders Intervention
  • Psychopharmacology - Benefits and Risks
  • Working with LGBTQ
  • Developmental Disorders

An example didactic schedule can be found here.


Each intern is expected to complete at least one research or program evaluation project during the year, as approved by their primary supervisor. The research project will include a literature review and quantitative, qualitative, or archival data analysis. The focus of the research project is specific to public behavioral health and includes a proposal for a programmatic change to enhance service delivery. Interns will be guided through the research process by NV-PIC’s Research Coordinator, a licensed psychologist. The Research Coordinator meets at least monthly with each intern to discuss progress, offer guidance and assistance, and to ensure the project is on schedule.

Other research opportunities vary by site.

Professional Development

Interns spend 1 hour per week in a facilitated Peer Professional Development Group (PPDG), which they attend via high-quality, secure distance technology. This meeting, which includes all interns and a licensed psychologist, focuses on promoting personal and professional development within and between interns working in the three internship sites throughout Nevada. Interns can use the group to explore a variety of work related issues. Personal and professional development are fostered through:

  1. discussion of one’s hopes, expectations and experiences within the internship;
  2. information, insights and observations offered by group members to other members; and
  3. individual members observing, listening and participating in the group process.

The function of the group is to provide interns with support, opportunities to learn, grow, apply what they've learned in their work with patients, and share it with colleagues. The PPDG functions like a classroom and a laboratory. It allows interns to learn with and from each other, experiment, take healthy risks, and test ideas. The PPDG also allows interns to share and explore thoughts and feelings about themselves, their patients, and the demands of their work. The PPDG provides a forum for interns to debrief the multitude of experiences (good, bad, and ugly) that occur during the course of their internship education and training. It also allows interns to give and receive feedback about each other’s interpersonal impact, communication style, and personal and professional strengths and weaknesses. In sum, the group is a place to give and receive support and to learn and grow in a group setting that allows each individual to recognize and develop under-developed levels of awareness, skills, and abilities.