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Masterclasses for Experienced Supervisors

Masterclasses for Experienced Supervisors

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If there is a Masterclass topic that interests you and we do not currently offer it, please send your suggestions to Dr Sharon Varela at supervisortraining@jcu.edu.au. We will use your suggestions to choose future topics to develop.

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General Information about Masterclasses

Overview

The Centre for Rural and Remote Health and the College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University, are delivering Masterclasses designed for professional/clinical supervisors. An interprofessional education framework is utilised for all of the supervisor training, making our Masterclasses suitable for all supervising allied health professionals. A certificate of completion will be provided for 10 active CPD hours.

These Masterclasses are approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (the Board) for supervising Psychologists seeking to maintain Board-approved supervisor status.

Who are these workshops for?

Our Masterclasses are designed for experienced professional/clinical supervisors of allied 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.

Our masterclasses are open to all health professionals practicing in regional, rural and remote areas, and are based on peer 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 VC workshop delivered using the Zoom platform (https://zoom.us/). Masterclasses are scheduled on an annual basis. If we are not scheduled for your location and you would like us to deliver our training in your region, please complete an expression of interest form. We need at least six people to run a face-to-face Masterclass in your region.

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.

training calendar 

MC1: 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 successfully 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 these tools to current practice.

Download Course Outline DATES OF TRAINING 

MC2: Supervising for Ethical Practice in Rural and Remote Settings

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. Focus is given to evaluating students on placements, provisional psychologists (4+2 or 5+1), and new career allied health professionals.

Participants who successfully complete this Masterclass will be able to:

  • utilise ethical models and frameworks to supervise for ethical practice.
  • provide practical strategies to supervisees to meet the challenges of rural and remote practice, including professional isolation.
  • develop and evaluate supervisee competencies in ethical practice, within the rural and remote context.
  • develop and evaluate supervisee competency in cultural competence as a part of ethical practice.
  • model and teach self-care to supervisees as a part of ethical practice.

Download course outline DATES OF TRAINING

MC3: Supervising Underperformance and Addressing Conduct/Professional Concerns

This is an advanced workshop that 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 a critical reflection process to reduce the risk of serious violations or manage violations as they occur.

download Course outline DATES OF TRAINING 

MC4: Supervising Higher Degree Provisional Psychologists in a Regional, Rural and Remote Context

This Masterclass is designed for psychologists who provide supervision to higher degree students while on placement and need to keep abreast of the APAC & AHPRA requirements, and their role as the supervisor. This workshop will focus on the requirements of the higher degree program for two-year Masters programs and one-year Masters programs (5+1 pathway). The focus is on supervising higher degree students in the rural and remote context. This workshop also aims to provide supervisors with knowledge and methods for the effective evaluation of the student competencies while on placement and will include practical tasks to increase their skill and confidence in providing critical feedback to students.

Participants who successfully complete this Masterclass will be able to:

  • develop a comprehensive understanding of current higher degree program requirements and be able to self-assess supervisor competencies effectively.
  • develop strategies to support higher degree students to acquire 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.

Download Course Outline DATES OF TRAINING 

MC5: Supervising Trainee Health Professionals in Remote Locations

NOTE: This Masterclass is currently under development as a new topic. This Masterclass is expected to be available in Semester 2, 2021.

This workshop aims to provide supervisors with knowledge and skills to supervise trainee health professionals who are delivering services in remote and very remote locations. Focus will be placed on supervising for ethical issues, scope of practice, cultural competence and communication/professional skills.

The outline for this workshop will be developed late 2020/early 2021. If this is a topic that interests you and you would like to suggest focus areas/content please email your suggestions to Dr Sharon Varela at supervisortraining@jcu.edu.au

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