Accredited Supervisor Course

If you are a psychologist looking for Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) Approved Supervisor Training, please visit the Board Approved Training page.

Who Is the Accredited Supervisor Course for?

This course is suitable for health workers including nurses, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and other health workers such as those working in welfare and drug and alcohol services engaged in the provision of counselling and/or health services.  

The course is offered in 2021 via 2 pathways: 

- Australian Counselling Association (ACA) endorsed course

- Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) endorsed course

For those wishing to enrol in the course for accreditation a supervisor or seek recognition as a ACA (Australian Counselling Association) supervisor, it is recommended that health workers be a minimum Level 2 or above ACA member OR  have a minimum of 2 years supervised practice experience in counselling, nursing, allied health, social work or welfare or drug and alcohol counselling.

Course Overview

Supervision is identified as an integral part of professional development as it provides a forum for staff development, quality management and self-care.  There is growing evidence in contemporary literature to suggest that supervisors must possess a range of skills, knowledge and experience in their clinical speciality in addition to being able to develop and enhance the same skills in those that they supervise. There is strong emphasis placed on the importance of the supervisor having a positive attitude towards clinical supervision and a belief in the capacity of the supervisee to benefit from the relationship both professionally and personally.  This course covers information on how to establish, maintain and evaluate clinical supervision sessions, establish learning goals for supervisees and work cooperatively and efficiently within the context of practice that they supervise.

Course Outline

The aim of this course is to provide a framework for conducting and evaluating effective clinical supervision using a competency based framework incorporating reflective practice. Participants will develop the necessary skills for setting up a rewarding clinical supervision relationship to enhance supervisee learning and skill development, considering the systemic issues of their workplace/team and client group.

Course Structure

Part 1: Supervision E-Workbook with self-assessment and learning tasks
Part 2: 2 day interactive skills based workshop
Part 3: Assessment of competency (conducting a supervision session – live feedback and report)
Part 4: (PACFA pathway only): 12 hours of videoconference sessions

Part 1: Supervision E-Workbook (Self Study)

Prior to attending the 2 day workshop participants are provided with a free Supervision E-Workbook covering core preparatory readings, learning resources, links to clinical supervision training videos and podcast lectures.  As a participant of the Accredited Clinical Supervisor course you will be expected to work through and complete all learning and the self-assessment tasks. This workbook is an invaluable guide that covers how to set up, conduct and evaluate effective supervision. Topics covered in the E-workbook include:

Chapter 1: Overview of supervision 
Chapter 2: Models of Clinical Supervision
Chapter 3: Preparing for Supervision
Chapter 4: Methods and Techniques
Chapter 5: Reflective Practice
Chapter 6: Ethical Issues
Chapter 7: Evaluation and feedback

Part 2:  2 day workshop (9-10 March 2021 OR 2-3 August 2021)


At the completion of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  • understand the key concepts involved in setting up and maintaining a collaborative clinical supervision relationship, using evidence based practice and considering professional practice and workplace guidelines 
  • have a well-defined theoretical understanding from which to base clinical supervision practice
  • identify the roles and responsibilities within a clinical supervision framework, including consideration of the ethical and legal parameters of clinical practice
  • discuss prospective supervisor’s and supervisee’s knowledge and understanding of the supervisory process
  • be able to identify the supervisee’s strengths and needs for supervision
  • demonstrate and provide information on how to structure individual, peer and group supervision sessions
  • explore and provide a framework on how to give feedback regarding clinical practice and case management
  • learn how to deal with ‘crises’ and stressful situations which may arise for the supervisee in regards to their clinical practice
  • identify and provide information on how to evaluate supervision sessions and maximise supervisee professional development
  • develop skills to balance both administrative and clinical responsibilities 

Part 3:  Assessment of Supervisor Competency Skills (11 March 2021 OR 4 August 2021)

Each student will rotate through 3 three positions; Supervisor, Supervisee and Observer. Each position is to be completed over a 60-minute period.  All students are to bring real and relevant issues for supervision to the workshop. Goals of competency evaluation:

  1. Demonstrate supervision skills and knowledge
  2. Provide an opportunity to reflect of what you have learnt and how you will put knowledge and skills in practice
  3. This is an assessment task to evaluate your ability to conduct a supervision session, provide effective feedback and use relevant tools facilitating a competency based reflective supervision session.

Part 4: Videoconference supervision sessions (PACFA pathway only) Dates to be advised

Workshop Venue: Federation Conference Centre 23 – 33 Mary Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW Australia.

Cost of Course: 

ACA Pathway: $890 early bird; $990 standard fee

PACFA Pathway: $1550 early bird; $1750 standard fee

Enrolments for 2021 will open shortly


This course meets the minimum standard specified in the ACA Policy Documents on Professional Supervision (2019) and those successfully completing the preparatory tasks in the E-workbook combined with the 2 day workshop and 1 day assessment of competency (3 day workshop) will be eligible for ACA supervisor accreditation. 

The course is endorsed by ACWA, by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) for professional supervisor training, the Australian College of Mental Helath Nurses (ACMHN) and The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

Successful completion of this course earns 56 continuing educational (CPE) points based on the number of hours estimated to complete the course including E-book learning, face to face training and assessment day. 

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