Schedule regular supervision sessions
It is recommended that you formally meet with your student weekly for at least 1 hour. Using a consistent time will assist the student in creating a routine for their week.
Supervision sessions aim to:
- Monitor student progress according to the student guidelines for the clinical area.
- Discuss and review written work including progress notes, case conference notes, home visit reports and discharge summaries.
- Discuss the student's caseload including any difficulties. It is useful for the student to talk about every client they are involved with.
- Discuss treatment plans and assessment procedures.
- Discuss problem areas (clinical or otherwise) and develop solutions (using previously defined placement objectives may assist in highlighting the areas of strength and weakness).
- Ensure administrative requirements such as statistics are being consistently and correctly completed.
- Review progress of case presentations / projects as required.
- Enhance the student clinical reasoning process and enable reflective learning and practising. The use of an experiential learning diary or a self appraisal tool can be helpful for this. Refer to Part Four: Feedback and Evaluation.
- Link the SPEF items to your student's learning goals and to any learning opportunities your workplace can offer during student orientation.
(Queensland Occupational Therapy Collaborative [QOTFC], 2005; Clinical Placement Advisory Committee [CPAC], 1997).
Reference document 3.2: Procedure for using Experiential Learning Diary PAHHSD
Reference document 3.3: PAHHSD Occupational Therapy Department 'Self-appraisal form'
Template 3.1: Self-directed learning and reflection sheet
Students should be expected to be proactive participants in the supervision process, coming to the meeting prepared with notes, any pre-set worksheets or exercises based on their clinical observations or experiences during placement and any questions.
Supervision sessions can be activity or topic focussed. For example, providing opportunity for familiarization and practice of formal assessments with you or another student prior to implementation with client.
Supervision sessions are also a good time to check and sign off on the student's Record of Placement Attendance for that week.
Outside of the formal supervision process, it should be expected that students will ask questions and request feedback on a regular basis (QOTFC, 2005) Another important method in facilitating student learning is the provision of regular constructive feedback and opportunity for self-evaluation. The feedback process and reflection will be further discussed in Part 4: The Feedback Process and Evaluation.
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