Trainees who successfully complete the first phase of training are recommended for Internship, which is the second phase of training. While working with real clients, Interns must be supervised by experienced therapists (generally each clients’ primary therapist) and by an experienced Surrogate Partner Mentor. Each Intern chooses their mentor(s) from the community of approved, experienced surrogate partners. Through frequent and extensive conversations with mentors and supervising therapists, interns receive significant assistance and education during the internship phase of training. Interns are encouraged to apply for IPSA Intern membership in order to connect with a larger community of surrogate partners and therapists. IPSA assists each Intern in locating and evaluating appropriate initial cases, in networking with their new professional community.
During the Internship, IPSA training staff receive periodic evaluations of each Intern’s progress from the supervising therapists, mentors, and also from the Intern. Internships continue until the IPSA training staff is satisfied that the Intern is ready to continue as a Professional Surrogate Partner without the extra supervision and guidance accorded Interns; or until the Intern is failed from the training program.
Letter of Recommendation for Internship
A letter of recommendation is provided to trainees when they are ready to begin Internship as a professional surrogate partner. This letter may be used to apply for Intern Membership in IPSA, and when interviewing with referring therapists.
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