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Masterclasses for Clinical Supervisors

Masterclasses for Clinical Supervisors

General Information about Masterclasses

Upcoming training

Overview

The Centre for Rural and Remote Health and the College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University, are providing Masterclasses suitable for clinical supervisors. These Masterclasses have been approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (the Board) for supervising Psychologists seeking to maintain Board-approved supervisor status. A certificate of completion will be provided for 10 active CPD hours.

Who are these workshops for?

Masterclasses are an expert level workshop designed for clinical supervisors of health professionals who want to refresh their skills in this area or for psychologists who have to meet the requirements of the Board to retain their Board approval to supervise. More information for Psychologists can be found in the FAQs section.

Our masterclasses are open to all health professionals practicing in regional, rural and remote areas, and are based on peer and experiential learning models to provide you with a richer experience. If you are a psychologist who is meeting the requirements of the Board to retain your Board approval to supervise, please read the FAQ section to confirm your eligibility for an online masterclass.

Mode of Delivery

All Masterclasses will be available as a one-day face-to-face workshop or a live online workshop delivered via video conference (Zoom). The one-day face-to-face workshops will be scheduled based on demand. If you would like us to come to your location, please complete an expression of interest form.

The live online workshop is typically two 3.5-hour sessions delivered 1-week apart. You will need to ensure you have a computer that has a microphone and a video camera in order to participate. The video-conferencing software used is Zoom (https://zoom.us/). The live online workshops will be scheduled throughout the year. If there is not one scheduled on a topic you are interested in, please complete an expression of interest form.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

These workshops will consist of a mix of didactic presentation, experiential exercises, and group discussion. A short quiz is used to assess knowledge and understanding of the topic prior to the workshop. Experiential exercises will also be used throughout the workshop to enable the Trainer to evaluate practical skills. A reflective exercise will also be completed.

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Supervising for Ethical Practice in Rural and Remote Settings

Psychologists and other Allied Health professionals working in rural and remote locations face challenges to their ability to fully comply with their professional ethical requirements, such as managing multiple relationships, confidentiality, professional isolation, operating within limits of professional competence, and managing interagency relationships and shared caseloads. A key supervisory skill is to be able to guide supervisees through these challenges and to evaluate the supervisee’s competence in this area in the context of their rural and remote practice. This can be challenging for supervisors who may also be managing these dilemmas in their own practice, or who may not live in the same community as the supervisee and may not have a clear understanding of the ethical dilemmas faced by their supervisee.

This workshop aims to provide supervisors with knowledge and methods for the effective evaluation of their trainee’s competencies in this area and will include practical tasks to increase their skill and confidence in providing feedback to supervisees about ethical dilemmas they may be faced with in their practice.

Participants who complete this masterclass will:

  • develop a deeper understanding of ethical practice from the role of a supervisor.
  • learn strategies to meet the challenges of rural and remote practice, including professional isolation.
  • develop skills and confidence in evaluating trainee competencies in ethical practice, within the rural and remote context.
  • learn strategies to supervise for cultural competence as a part of ethical practice.

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Critical reflection and planning for feedback in supervision

This workshop focuses on key topics related to teaching and modelling critical reflection in psychological practice, integrating educational concepts and empirical findings, and providing opportunities for supervisors to explore difficult areas in clinical supervision. The importance of planning for feedback is also discussed. The simulated vignettes and discussion questions are designed to encourage participants to engage with the following three topics: the importance of pre-planning for feedback within supervision; fostering critical reflection; and linking theory, research and practice. Competence and skills related to each topic will be covered. The content is covered within the relational context of the supervisory relationship.

Participants who complete this masterclass will:

  • develop an understanding of reflective practice as a development tool and critical reflection within an evidence-based practice model.
  • have increased confidence in supervising for reflective practice, particularly critical reflection.
  • develop an applied understanding of pre-planning for feedback in supervision.
  • develop an understanding of supervision tools and an opportunity to apply them to build your supervisory skills set.

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Supervising Underperformance and Addressing Conduct/Professional Concerns

This advanced workshop focuses on key topics related to supervising underperformance and addressing conduct and/or professional concerns. This workshop builds on the learnings from the Masterclass Supervising for Ethical Practice in Rural and Remote Settings and your experience as a clinical/professional supervisor. If your knowledge of positive ethics is limited or you have only a limited amount of experience as a clinical/professional supervisor, it is recommended that you complete that Masterclass first. 

This workshop is designed to encourage participants to engage with the following three topics through peer discussion, vignettes and role plays: identifying and understanding the underperformance of a supervisee; supervising the underperformance of a supervisee; and addressing conduct or professional concerns. Competence and skills related to each topic will be covered. The content is covered within the relational context of the supervisory relationship.

Participants who successfully complete this masterclass will be able to:

  • understand and adhere to professional and legal requirements;
  • recognise and address the underperformance of a supervisee early;
  • recognise and address conduct or professional issues early; 
  • apply critical reflection skills to reduce the risk of serious violations or manage violations as they occur.

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Supervising Higher Degree Provisional Psychologists in a Regional, Rural and Remote Context

NOTE: This Masterclass is currently under development as a new topic. This Masterclass is expected to be available mid-2020.

Psychologists who provide supervision to higher degree students while on placement and need to keep up-to-date with the APAC & Psychology Board of Australia requirements, and their role as the supervisor. This workshop will focus on the requirements of the higher degree program, and how supervising psychologists can ensure provisional, and registered, psychologists undertaking the higher degree program can develop expert level knowledge and skills, particularly in the context of regional, rural, and remote supervision. 

This workshop also aims to provide supervisors with knowledge and methods for the effective evaluation of the students’ competencies while on placement and will include practical tasks to increase their skill and confidence in providing critical feedback to students.

Participants who complete this masterclass will:

  • develop a comprehensive understanding of current higher degree program requirements and be able to self-assess supervisor competencies effectively.
  • develop strategies to help higher degree students to develop a sound level of knowledge and skills during their placement
  • develop skills and confidence in evaluating higher degree competencies within the regional, rural and remote context 

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