Accredited Supervisor Course

Who is this training for?
 

1. ACA members: This course is suitable for counsellors and psychotherapists wishing to become an Accredited Supervisor with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

2. PACFA members: This course is suitable for counsellors and psychotherapists wishing to become an Accredited Supervisor with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).  Applicants are required to have a minimum of 5 years post training experience as a qualified psychotherapist or counsellor, with a minimum of 3 years as a PACFA Clinical Registrant or 3 years as a member of another comparable Professional Association at an equivalent membership level.

3. Other practitioners, including Social Workers, Art Therapists, Occupational Therapists and specialist mental health workers are also welcome to attend this course who are not eligible for either the ACA or PACFA pathways. On successful completion, participants receive a Certificate of Assessed Supervisor Skills equivalent to 56 hours of CPD.

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

UPCOMING TRAINING DATES


November 2024
Accredited Supervisor Course (ACA) 4-6 November 2024 (Sydney) - Surry Hills, Mon Nov 4
This ACA accredited 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. The course is suitable for health workers including nurses, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and others such as those working in welfare and drug & alcohol services.. ... more
Accredited Supervisor Course (PACFA) 4-6 November 2024 (Sydney) - Surry Hills, Mon Nov 4
This PACFA-accredited 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. The course is suitable for health workers including nurses, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and others such as those working in welfare and drug & alcohol services.. ... more

WHAT TO EXPECT IN THIS COURSE

The course covers fundamental knowledge and skills providing the necessary tools to set up, manage and evaluate both individual and group supervision. Topics include establishing learning goals, contract setting, how to apply reflective practice in supervision and feedback and evaluation tools. Participants will gain practical skills in establishing best practice skills in the delivery of competency based supervision.

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 that work towards the development of supervisee clinical skills, knowledge and confidence.

Part 1: Supervision E-Workbook with self-assessment and learning tasks (self-directed study - digital workbook)
Part 2: 2-day Interactive Skills-based Workshop (face to face workshop OR videoconference workshop)
Part 3: 1-day Assessment of Competency (conducting a supervision session – live feedback and report) (face to face workshop OR videoconference workshop)
Part 4: (PACFA pathway only): 12 hours of videoconference supervision training sessions

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The aim of this course is to provide a competency based framework incorporating reflective practice for conducting and evaluating effective clinical supervision. 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. 

Part 1: Supervision E-Workbook (Self Study - 35 hours)

Prior to attending the 2-day workshop, participants are provided with a 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 (14 hours) - Face to face OR Videoconference

Objectives

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 (7 hours) - Face to face OR Videoconference

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 on your learning and how you will use the knowledge and skills in practice
  3. Undertake 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) (12 hours) - Videoconference

12 hours of videoconference supervision sessions

Registrants are advised to consult ACA and PACFA directly and familiarise themselves with the accreditation policies and requirements of those organisations prior to enrolling in this course:

Australian Counselling Association (ACA): https://www.theaca.net.au

Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australian (PACFA) https://pacfa.org.au/Portal/Membership/Accredited-Supervisor.aspx

The course is endorsed by ACMHN, endorsed as an ACA Accredited Training Course in Supervision, and endorsed  by PACFA to meet the requirements of PACFA’s Supervision Training Standards.

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