Supervisor training for psychologists


Psychologists are eligible to enrol in the full training program if they are one (or more) of the following:

  • A fully registered psychologist (of at least three years) who wishes to supervise colleagues and/or provisional psychologists undertaking the internship program.
  • A psychologist who has held an area of practice endorsement for at least two years and who wishes to supervise provisional psychologists undertaking postgraduate professional training (Masters, DPsych, Master/PhD) and/or registrars seeking an area of practice endorsement.

Full training program

This program is comprised of three successive components:

1. Online Knowledge Training

This self study online program provides participants with comprehensive coverage of the knowledge necessary for practising as a supervisor; including defining supervision and its purpose, models of supervision, supervisor competencies and requirements, evaluation in supervision, the PsyBA pathways and supervisory requirements, the National Psychology Exam and legal and ethical issues relevant to supervision. The full content of this component is expected to take at least 7 hours to complete. Short quizzes enable participants to assess their learning and be directed to areas needing revision.

A multiple choice test assesses your mastery of this fundamental knowledge; successful completion of this enables you to register for the next component.

2. Skills Training Workshop

The workshop comprises face-to-face training, conducted in small groups, over two full consecutive days. Conducted by Deakin staff experienced in the training of supervisors, the workshop focuses on the development best-practice skills in supervision. Discussions, small group exercises and other activities will build participants' competency in the delivery of high quality supervision. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. Workshops will be offered 4 times per year, subject to sufficient numbers.

Please note: Evidence of successful completion of a Board approved Knowledge Training component is required prior to commencement of the Skills Training Workshop.

Workshop locations

Workshops may be offered at Deakin University's campuses in Victoria, according to demand:

  • Melbourne Burwood Campus
  • Melbourne City Centre
  • Geelong Waterfront Campus
  • Warrnambool Campus

We look forward to offering workshops in further regional Victoria centres and other states in the future.

3. Assessment of Supervision Competency

In this third component, participants submit a video of their supervision practice, together with a self-reflective analysis of the session. Examiners will provide participants with a competency-based assessment report. The video and reflective analysis must be submitted within 12 weeks of completion of the Skills Training Workshop. Further details will be provided on enrolment.

Master Classes

Psychologists who are endorsed supervisors are eligible to enrol in the Master Classes. These full day workshops will be conducted by Deakin University staff who are experienced trainers.  The workshop will overview the seven supervisor competencies specified by the Board, with an advanced practice focus on the development and enhancement of proficiency in particular areas, such as the evaluation of supervisee competencies, dealing with ethical issues in supervision, and self-care. Depending on demand, subsequent Master Classes may include a focus on areas of endorsement (Clinical, Health, Forensic, and Organisational). Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. A master class will be offered every 6 months, subject to sufficient numbers.

One of the key roles of a supervising psychologist is to create an environment that assists the supervisee to gain, maintain and enhance the psychology competencies required of a practicing psychologist. This Masterclass will provide supervisors with a range of practical skills in evaluating supervisees' psychological competencies, as well how to provide both positive and corrective feedback to supervisees.

The workshop will include:

* An understanding of competency based supervision
* A theoretical and practical understanding of evaluative techniques including relevant measures
* Facilitating reflection
* Processes and methods to deliver feedback, including how to provide negative feedback effectively

To enhance learning, the workshop utilises a range of experiential techniques such as group and pair exercises, video analysis and roleplays.

The Masterclass will also involve evaluation of supervisor competencies through short answer questions, peer evaluation of skills during exercises and participant self-evaluation before and after the day.

For further enquiries please contact the School of Psychology on 03 9244 6852.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points are available for the Full Training Program and the Master Classes.

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