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Supervisor Training

Supervisor Training Part 1: Knowledge Assessment

CURRENT AVAILABILITY

This Knowledge Assessment is under development and is expected to be available late 2019.

Overview

This Knowledge Assessment is the first stage of the three-part training program to become an approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia. The purpose of the online knowledge assessment is to provide you with the background theoretical and content knowledge required for you to be successful as a supervisor within the psychology supervision program. This is a foundation knowledge course that focuses on attaining competency.

Teaching Methods and Evaluation

This is a self-directed online course that includes readings, reflections, videos and other visual content. You will be required to successfully complete a quiz at the end of each module. You will be able to sit the online assessment as many times as you need to reach a passing grade. 

Learning Outcomes

On complete this course you will have developed:

  1. An understanding of supervision models, the role of the supervisor, and the skill-set required to become a successful supervisor.
  2. An understanding of reflective practice models and how to develop this skill in supervisees.
  3. An understanding of the core supervisor competencies and the knowledge base required to supervise psychologists:
  4. An understanding of professional practice as a supervisor, including standards, guidelines and policies that regulate the profession.
  5. Knowledge of your obligations as a supervisor, including mandatory reporting, managing conflicts of interest and other responsibilities.

Successful Completion

In order to successfully complete the Knowledge Assessment, you will be required to:

  • Complete the online course material
  • Complete the reflective tasks through a discussion forum
  • Achieve 80% online assessment for each topic area.

Supervisor Training Part 2: Skills Training

CURRENT AVAILABILITY

This Supervisor Training is under development and is expected to be early 2020.

Overview

The purpose of the skills training is to integrate (and apply) the learning from the Knowledge Assessment in a supportive environment with peers using a skills development model. You will need to successfully complete the Knowledge Assessment before registering in this training workshop.

Teaching Methods and Evaluation

The Skills Training workshop is a two-day face-to-face workshop that places an emphasis on skill development. It will consist of a mix of didactic presentation, role plays, peer learning, and group discussions (small and large). Reflection tasks will also be required to deepen the learning.

Learning Outcomes

On complete this course you will have developed:

  1. Skills in reflective practice and how to develop this skill in supervisees.
  2. Practical skills within the six core supervisor competencies required to supervise psychologists.
  3. Skills for professional practice as a supervisor, including skills to assess supervisee competencies across all pathways.
  4. Skills to meet your obligations as a supervisor, including tools and resources.

Successful Completion

In order to successfully complete the Skills Training, you will be required to:

  • Participate in the two-day Skills Training workshop
  • Complete reflective tasks.
  • Participate in role plays and provide feedback to other participants.

Supervisor Training Part 3: Competency Assessment

Current Availability

This Competency Assessment is currently under development and is expected to be early 2020.

Overview

The purpose of the Competency Assessment is to assess the applied knowledge gained through completion of the Knowledge Assessment and the Skills Training. Supervisors will be assessed against the minimal level of skills and knowledge required to effectively supervise. As self-assessment of supervisory skills and reflective practice are important skills for a supervising psychologist, emphasis is placed on this in this evaluation task.

Teaching Methods and Evaluation

This evaluation will consist of a video of a supervision session, with a self-evaluation and self-reflection task also being completed

Learning Outcomes

Participants who complete this evaluation will:

  1. demonstrate competence in supervisory skills through the submission of a video of a supervision session.
  2. demonstrate competence in reflective practice through the submission of a self-assessment that includes a reflection on practice.

Requirements for completion of evaluation

In order to receive a pass for this course, you must:

  • Submit a video-taped session of you supervising another psychologist with the following documentation
    • A supervisee consent form.
    • Recording consent form.
    • Overview of background information (leading into current session), including length of supervisee-supervisor relationship, registration pathway, and supervisees progress in the registration program.
  • Complete the self-assessment of your supervisory skills in this demonstration.
  • Complete the self-reflection on your supervisory skills in this demonstration.
  • Be assessed as meeting the minimum standards to supervise other psychologists.

Masterclasses For Clinical Supervisors

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Current Availability

A list of all upcoming training can be found here.

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 who want to refresh their skills in this area or 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.

These Masterclasses are also open to other allied health professionals and mental health nurses practicing in regional, rural and remote areas, and are based on peer and experiential learning models to provide you with a richer experience.

Mode of Delivery

All Masterclasses will be available as a one-day face-to-face workshop or a live video conference (VC) workshop. 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 VC workshop is typically two 3-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 VC program used at this time is Zoom (https://zoom.us/). The VC workshops will be scheduled throughout the year. If there is not one scheduled when required, 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.

Masterclass Details

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.

Download outlines for face-to-face and online courses below.

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.

Download outlines for face-to-face and online courses below.

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-2019.

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 

Supervising Underperformance and Addressing Conduct/Professional Concerns

NOTE: This Masterclass is currently under development as a new topic. This Masterclass is expected to be available late 2019.

This workshop focuses on key topics related to supervising underperformance and addressing conduct and/or professional concerns. The importance of a remedial process is also discussed. The simulated vignettes and discussion questions are designed to encourage participants to engage with the following three topics: 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 complete this masterclass will:

  • develop skills in identifying and understanding the underperformance of a supervisee.
  • have increased confidence in supervising supervisees who are underperforming.
  • develop a process to identify conduct or professional concerns early.
  • develop an understanding of what the statutory and legal obligations are, and how to navigate the process.

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