One common denominator assuring success of CPDC over the years has been establishment of group leader. Group leaders assist with training and ongoing supervision of less experienced clinicians.
A student aspiring to the position of group leader must have served a minimum of one year. Group leaders are required to register for a three credit course that teaches administrative and management skills pertinent to the role of a group leader. Twelve senior clinicians are chosen each semester for these most important leadership positions.
With few exceptions, clinicians respond quite enthusiastically to technical support and feedback offered by their experienced group leaders. Clinicians see their group leader as a mentor, resource, friend, and one who offers helpful advice and support, not just supervision. Group leaders further development of their clinicians' teaching styles, strategies, and logical progression of skills. They also assist in selection of culminating activities to meet specific development needs of a wide range and level of abilities found among children served by the program.
Clinicians grow professionally because of this peer relationship with their fellow group leaders and, in time, develop knowledge, clinical skills, and teaching competencies that make them proficient members of the clinic staff.
Last Modified: March 12, 2013