Internship Changes Due to COVID-19
What does an incoming trainee need to know about the BUCC internship and COVID-19?
- BUCC is committed to meeting all internship training requirements while practicing increased flexibility, creativity, and innovation to ensure all trainees meet expected competencies set by the BUCC internship training program. Staff are committed to providing an exceptional training experience to all interns while being mindful of the individual needs of each intern, the uncertainty of Covid-19, and the impact of this most formative training year.
What resources exist to support trainee well-being related to COVID-19?
- Interns are full-time salaried employees like other permanent staff at BUCC. As such they are covered by the same Baylor HR policies, and have the same resources and support.
- Interns should check the Baylor HR website and FAQ's page for leave guidance as it is frequently updated.
- Trainees are still provided with benefits and a stipend even if they are not onsite.
- All telehealth services can be counted towards needed intervention hours.
- Individual supervision is still provided via an online platform.
- Training staff have increased personal availability and time for informal meetings to address intern needs, concerns, or just for support.
How does BUCC training program provide continuity of care for clients of trainees during COVID-19?
- As of now, all clinical services have moved from face-to-face to a telehealth model (individual, initial assessment, crisis care, group therapy, community programming).
- Training is provided to interns regarding ethical and appropriate provision of telehealth services as well as all policies and procedures related to telehealth as it applies to care at BUCC.
- Trainees are provided with all office equipment needed to perform telehealth operations offsite.
- Trainees have offsite access to BUCC’s EMR system and access to clerical support from administrative staff.
What training activities can continue even if trainees are not onsite?
- All trainings, supervision, and consultations can be modified to an online platform while still meeting training learning objectives and maintaining experiential components.
- Meetings are held through Zoom, WebEx, and Microsoft Teams.
- The ability to provide supervision has moved to an online format and remains a main component of a trainee’s experience.