Site Supervisor Survey
N = 14
The overall ratings for all items were within the A-B range. We should note that the majority of respondents to this survey administration were supervisors for school counseling interns. Additional outreach to community, student affairs, and addictions counseling supervisors for our next survey will provide a more comprehensive view of all students’ internship performance.
The supervisors who participated all indicated that students were adequately prepared for their internships. The majority of site supervisors rated our student interns with an “A” grade on several areas including demonstrating the meaning of counseling concepts (79%), interacting effectively with others (86%), individual interviewing and counseling (86%), and infusing and integrating diversity principles (71%). Supervisors overwhelmingly agree that Counseling Techniques is the most useful course to students’ internship experiences.
We asked supervisors what additional training they would like to see students have before the internship. Two respondents indicated the value of classroom teaching experience to the school counseling intern. Interestingly, they did not comment on students’ abilities, but rather commented broadly on the importance of this experience for school counselors in general. Career counseling was indicated, not only as a course but also with understanding the options that face high school students in particular. Connections with community resources (e.g., DYFS) were recommended, as well as visiting the site and shadowing the counselor prior to beginning the internship to better understand the roles, functions, and parties for whom they will be responsible.
Recommendations for continued or other preparation seemed to focus on site-specific responsibilities. For example, overall the supervisors felt that their interns were well-prepared and performed their responsibilities well. They could not solidly comment on whether this was a result of the individual students or of the caliber of the program (although several commended the program for its preparation efforts). They recommended additional experiences such as site observations and coursework specific to work functions (college prep applications and special education basics for school counselors). The clinical coordinator is to be commended for her communication with site supervisors and careful placement of interns. The program faculty will visit participants’ recommendations as we study and revise the curriculum, and will continue to solidify our internship training experiences through coordination with faculty and staff.