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Rehabilitation Psychology Fellowship:
Administrative Policies & Procedures

Supervision

Fellows will receive a minimum of two hours per week of individual supervision by a licensed psychologist on the faculty. Fellows will also participate in case-oriented group supervision one hour per week, and case-oriented neuropsychological supervision one hour per week. Fellows will have at least two supervisors during the training year. Supervision of and collaboration in research projects will be arranged and provided on an as needed basis. Fellows will also have the opportunity to interact with clinical and adjunct faculty from the Seattle community.

Evaluation

The evaluation of a postdoctoral fellow’s progress and the postdoctoral fellow’s evaluation of the program are an integral part of the overall training experience. Fellows are involved in the development of their specific training activities and assignments. The training and performance requirements and expectations of the fellows are discussed during the first week of training. Fellows are informally evaluated and provided with feedback on a constant basis throughout the year.

Formal evaluations by supervisors are completed every six months. The fellows will have an opportunity to formally evaluate the program at the end of twelve months, although informal feedback will be solicited throughout the training experience. An annual program review is conducted to discuss and evaluate the training program components, to review postdoctoral fellows’ comments, and to implement changes for future training.

The core teaching faculty assumes responsibility for evaluating the fellow’s progress to assure that expectations are being satisfactorily met. If areas of weakness are present, they are discussed with the fellow, and a step-by-step remediation plan is developed. If necessary, a probationary period may be established, after which progress in the program will be formally evaluated every two months. Copies of evaluation forms and grievance procedures are made available to fellows at the start of the fellowship, and are contained in the Orientation and Reference Manual.

Professional Liability Coverage

Professional liability coverage for fellows will be provided by the University of Washington at no cost to the fellow under the authority of RCW 28B.20.200-255. The coverage will cover each fellow’s good faith performance of his/her assigned duties in the training program. As part of the professional liability coverage, the University will provide legal assistance through the Attorney General’s Division to any fellow who becomes involved in litigation as a result of the good faith performance of his/her assigned duties at the affiliated or approved hospitals and clinics.

The professional liability coverage will not apply to “…actions, claims, or proceedings arising out of acts taken in bad faith.” The following are examples of conduct which will normally be deemed to have been taken in bad faith:

  1. The act was committed with the willful intention of causing harm or injury, or was reckless or malicious in nature.
  2. The act was committed in willful violation of law or University regulations.
  3. The act was committed while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance (as defined in RCW 69.50.101 as now or hereafter mandated).

Outside Professional Activities

The University of Washington School of Medicine strongly discourages professional activities outside the educational program for its fellows, believing that the time and effort required for training are incompatible with outside professional work. If a fellow desires to pursue professional activities for pay outside the educational program, they may not do so in the areas for which they are receiving training (i.e. clinical psychology, neuropsychology, psychotherapy, psychometry).

Outside professional activities must not interfere in any way with the educational experience, performance, or responsibilities of a fellow. Professional liability coverage does not extend to activities performed outside the scope of the educational program, and medical liability protection is not provided for any professional activities outside the scope of the educational program. Violation of the outside professional guideline will result in review by the training faculty and possible termination.

Affirmative Action

The University of Washington does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, age, sex, national origin, or physical handicap. We provide equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in hiring and recruitment. Persons of minority group status, women, Vietnam era and disabled veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply to the fellowship. Any discriminatory action by the University faculty or staff may be cause for disciplinary action.

This policy applies to all University programs and facilities including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, and employment. Such discrimination is prohibited by Titles VI and VII Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, in sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Employment Act Amendments of 1978, Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and other federal and state Statutes and Regulations. Coordination of the compliance efforts of the University of Washington with respect to all of these laws and regulations is under the direction of the University of Washington Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office: Director, Prudence Miles, 206-543-1830.

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