Behavioral health students know how important it is to keep detailed records of their clinical hours during practicum and internship training, especially when those hours have to be signed off on by supervisors and submitted to their schools.
But what about after graduation?
All states and provinces require a certain number of supervised hours to be accrued in order to obtain a license for practice (along with other requirements). Each state and province has their own set of rules depending on the license you’re working toward.
Since licensure is the final step in your journey to becoming a licensed professional, it’s important that it go smoothly. Tracking hours is just one part of it, but it’s a very important part. Here are some tips, frequently asked questions, and instructions for tracking hours during this final step.
One of the questions that we hear most often from Time2Track users is, “Which activity type do I choose?” It can be stressful trying to choose just one activity type from a long list, especially if your experience could fit more than one.
In this article, I’ll provide some helpful tips and guidelines for tackling the task of choosing the right activity type, including how to add custom activity types. I’ll also include descriptions for some of the activity types you might see in Time2Track.
If you’re switching to Time2Track from another tracking method like a spreadsheet, notebook, or MyPsychTrack, we’ve got you covered.
If you’ve ever put off logging your hours (like most students have), we’ve got that covered too.
Regardless of the reason, if you ever find yourself with a bunch of hours to log, here are 4 ways to get yourself back on track.
(And if you’re not using Time2Track, you can try any of these methods with our 30-day free trial)
1. “Chunking” Your Hours
A good way to get a bunch of hours into Time2Track is to chunk them into groups. For example, let’s say you did 60 hours of individual therapy in the spring of 2009. Most of those were 1-hour sessions, but with different individuals. And unfortunately, you weren’t keeping track of those individuals. Not to worry. Here’s what you do:
If you’re working toward your degree or license, chances are you have to get your clinical training hours signed off by a supervisor.
With Time2Track, you can print off signature sheets for this very purpose.
But now, you also have the option of submitting those hours directly to your supervisor through Time2Track. It simplifies the process for everyone, saves trees, and lets you and your school or training site track the approval process in real-time.
With input from our institutions, students, and others, the new online supervisor approval process will improve the practicum hours approval process for your students and supervisors, improve the accuracy and reliability of practicum data, and save a significant amount of both time and paper.
It’s time to move beyond simply tracking hours. At Time2Track, we are continuing to pioneer the management of clinical training data by building learning systems that help institutions in ways never before available. We believe it’s a vital development for the future of clinical training.