PsyBA Approved Supervisor Training

Clinical Supervision Services has been approved by the Psychology Board of Australia as a Board-approved Supervisor Training Provider. The following training options include:

Full training,comprising:

  • Part 1: Online learning module and knowledge assessment test

  • Part 2: 2-day workshop integrating theory and small group practice

  • Part 3: Competency-based assessment and evaluation

Master classes:  There are five Master Classes to choose from:

  • Reflective practice supervision

  • Applying systemic practice  in supervision

  • Managing difficulties and ethical issues in supervision

  • Application of Reflective Practice: For Clinical Neuropsychologists and Clinical/Psychologists providingneuropsychology services, with Dr. Nicola Gates

  • Clinical Supervision for School Counsellors , with Lydia Senediak

Both the Full Training and Master Classes have been developed in accordance with the training framework and standards of the Board as specified in the PsyBA’s ‘Guidelines for supervisors and supervisor training providers’.  The programs are designed to meet the needs of registered psychologists who seek or wish to retain supervisor endorsement for supervising:

  • 4 + 2 internship program

  • 5 + 1 internship program

  • Higher degree practicum placements

  • Registrar program leading to practice endorsement of clinical psychology

By completing the online component participants will:

  • have sound knowledge of the role of clinical supervision in psychology
  • be aware if the different models of supervision
  • be introduced to the role of the  initial supervisory meeting and defining the purpose of supervision with prospective supervisees
  • have knowledge of contract setting in supervision and determining supervisee learning needs
  • be introduced to various techniques and methods of best-practice supervision
  • have knowledge of the PsyBA pathways and supervisory requirements, including the National Psychology Exam and legal and ethical aspects of supervision

Module 1:

  • Definition of Supervision 
  • Role and Models of Supervision
  • Setting up best practice supervision
  • Professional issues: ethics and legal issues
  • Techniques and methods in supervision

Module 2:

  • Supervisor roles and responsibilities: understanding and applying the PsyBA guidelines
  • 4 + 2 pathways supervisory requirements to registration
  • 5 + 1 pathway supervisory requirements to registration
  • Higher degree pathway to registration
  • Registrar training programs leading to practice endorsement

The Board has set the following requirements:

1.     Before applying to become a Board-approved supervisor you will need to have held general registration for at least three years (or equivalent overseas registration or licensure). 

2.     In order to be a principal supervisor of a psychologist in a registrar program you will need to hold an endorsement in the relevant area of practice and you will need to have held this endorsement (or equivalent overseas registration, licensure, or endorsement, as assessed by the Board) for at least two years.

 

You will not be granted BAS status unless the first requirement has been met. You will not be approved as a registrar program principal supervisor unless the second requirement has been met. You will need to apply to the Board if you already have BAS status and subsequently meet the second requirement (and you want to be a registrar program principal supervisor). 

 

 

All psychologists have an obligation to ensure they are familiar with, and practise in accordance with, the Board’s registration standards, guidelines and APS code of ethics. As a supervisor, you should be particularly familiar with the Board’s Guidelines for supervisors and, depending which training pathway you are supervising, you should understand and adhere to the supervision requirements set out in the relevant guideline or policy document.

The obligations and responsibilities of Board-approved supervisors are set out in the Guidelines for supervisors. Supervisors who fall below acceptable standards may have their supervisor approval revoked – refer to the Policy for refusing or revoking BAS status (in the guidelines) for more information.

All participants must successfully complete the online assessment in order to pass this component of the PsyBA Board approved training.  A Certificate of Completion will be issued to participants who successfully complete this component and the Psychology Board of Australia will be notified of the results, including Name, Registration Number and outcome of the online component (PASS or FAIL).  A pass result will allow for enrolment in Board approved supervisor training Part 2: Two day Skills Based Training Workshop.