Episode 105

What can I have interns do with their spare time? 

In this episode, Dr. Tara Sanderson addresses interns free time. We go over some of the ethical concerns of assigning them tasks outside of their typical duties, things that we can have them do that will benefit them and us and how to address resistance. 

Overview of episode


School Rules

What will Benefit them?

What will benefit you? 

Takeaways for today!

What can you apply today right after the episode.

Make a clear list. 

Take 10 minutes today and make a list of things you think you would like done in your practice and see what shakes out for you. Then compare it to the ethical requirements and school or board requirements. Once you have your list together move to the next tip! 

You are welcome to start with my list as a starter! I broke my list up into 6 categories to help them think through what would be beneficial to them in this moment. 

Let them know your expectations. 

In your orientation and training (and in your supervisory contract) make sure it is really clear the amount of hours you are expecting them to be doing tasks for your practice, and what tasks those are. Nobody likes the line "Other duties as assigned". We want to know what we should be doing! 
It is helpful to let supervisees know if they need to tell you that someone no-showed or late-cancelled and get assigned a thing to do - or if they can pick from the list and move on. Also good to know if you are always expecting them to do other things or if they can take time off and away from work.