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Requirements for supervisors

There are requirements that psychologists must meet to become Board-approved, and that must be met to maintain that approval. Detailed information is available in the Guideline for supervisors and supervisor training providers.

More information for supervisors is available in the Supervision FAQ.

  1. What are the training requirements from 1 July 2013?
  2. Who needs to be Board-approved to provide supervision?
  3. Who can apply to become Board-approved?
  4. Who can’t be a supervisor?
  5. How do I apply to become a Board-approved supervisor?
  6. How do I continue my Board-approval as a supervisor after five years?
  7. Refusing or revoking Board approved supervisor status

What are the training requirements from 1 July 2013?

From 1 July 2013, all psychologists applying to become Board-approved supervisors must have successfully completed a Board-approved training program in psychology supervision. Additional Board approved training must be completed every five years and evidence of completion provided to the Board in order to maintain Board-approved status.

For more information, refer to the Guideline for supervisors and supervisor training providers.

The Board encourages psychologists with general registration who are planning to become supervisors, to apply for supervisor approval before 30 June 2013 using the ABAS-76 application form. Download the application to become a Board-approved supervisor of provisional psychologists and registrars - ABAS-76 (1.33 MB,PDF).

Who needs to be Board-approved to provide supervision? 

Anyone supervising psychologists (including provisional) undertaking any of these training programs must be Board-approved:

Who can apply to become Board-approved?

To be eligible to become Board-approved, practitioners must have held general registration as a psychologist for at least:

  • three years before starting as a principal supervisor, and
  • two years before starting as a secondary supervisor.

Supervisors providing supervision in the registrar program, must have held endorsement in the relevant approved area of practice for at least two years before beginning supervision. They must continue holding that endorsement for the whole period of supervision. Holding an area of practice endorsement is not required for higher degree supervisors providing supervision to provisional psychologists in the 5+1 pathway.

There are no extra formal qualification requirements for Board-approved supervisors over and above those required to obtain general registration and, where applicable, to obtain an area of practice endorsement.

Other types of supervision arrangements and supervisors such as thesis supervisors, line-managers, and private supervision and mentoring arrangements do not need Board approval.

Who can’t be a supervisor?

Supervisors:

  • can’t be members of the supervisee‘s immediate family or household, nor
  • have been, or about to be, engaged in a close personal or therapeutic relationship with the supervisee, nor
  • have any conditions on their registration.

How do I apply to become a Board-approved supervisor?

Since 1 July 2013, psychologists wishing to become Board approved supervisors must provide evidence that they have completed Board-approved supervisor training with their application.

A list of Board-approved supervisor training providers (and their preferred contact details) is on the supervisor training page on this website.

Information on the location and scheduling of workshops can be obtained from the Board-approved supervisor training providers directly. The Board encourages groups of psychologists, particularly those in regional locations who are interested in supervisor training to contact training providers directly to organise a workshop in your area.

After successfully completing a Board approved training program, you can apply to become a Board approved supervisor using form ABAS-76 (1.45 MB,PDF).

For more information on the requirements for Board-approved supervisors, please review the Guideline for supervisors and supervisor training providers

How do I continue my Board-approval as a supervisor after five years?

To maintain Board approved supervisor status, additional training will need to be completed every five years.

Once you have successfully completed a Board approved refresher training program you can apply to maintain your approval for another five years from the date you completed the training using form MBAS-76 (290 KB,PDF).

You must complete the refresher training and lodge your MBAS-76 form with AHPRA before the expiry date of your current approval; otherwise your approval will lapse.

Board-approved supervisors are required to provide evidence of completion of Board-approved supervision training every five years, as follows:

  • evidence of completion of Board-approved master class within five years of the date you completed component three (assessment) of supervisor training (for those who gained Board approval after 1 July 2013), or
  • evidence of completion of a Board-approved master class by 30 June 2018 for those holding Board approval on 1 July 2013.

One master class every five years is the minimum requirement, regardless of how many supervisor categories you are approved for.

Board-approved supervisors however, may choose to complete additional supervisor training over and above the minimum requirement (consistent with their learning plan).

Some Board-approved supervisors have indicated they would like to undertake more than one master class or complete the full supervisor training program as a refresher. This is usually because they transitioned to the National Regulation and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) as a supervisor and have never completed the full training before.

The following supervisor training meets the Board’s requirement for renewal of Board-approved supervisor status every five years:

Evidence Requirement
Completion of one Board-approved master class Meets minimum requirement
Completion of more than one Board-approved master class Exceeds requirement
Completion of Component 1,2 and 3 of a Board-approved full supervisor training program Exceeds requirement
Completion of Component 1 and 2 (only) of a Board-approved full supervisor training program Exceeds requirement
Completion of Component 2 (only) of a Board-approved full supervisor training program Exceeds requirement
Completion of Component 1 (only) or Component 3 (only) of a Board-approved full supervisor training program Does not meet the requirement*

*This is because component 1 does not integrate and assess both knowledge and skills as is the case in a Master class, and Component 3 does not have sufficient assessment of theory and knowledge, and cannot be taken alone (Component 1 and 2 are pre-requisites for Component 3).

Board approved supervisors have a responsibility to maintain and develop their skills as a supervisor on an ongoing basis.

Refusing or revoking Board approved supervisor status

The objective of the National Scheme is to protect the public by ensuring safe and effective psychology practice.

The Board’s Guidelines for Supervisors and Supervisor training providers set out the requirements for gaining Board-approval as a supervisor, as well as how to maintain Board approval.

The Board may refuse an application to act as a Board-approved supervisor on the first application to become a supervisor or on application to maintain supervisor status every five years. Supervisors who fall below acceptable standards will have their supervisor approval revoked.

The Policy on refusing or revoking Board approved supervisor status sets out the circumstances when:

  • an applicant for Board-approved supervisor status does not meet the requirements for approval, and 
  • a Board-approved supervisor no longer meets the requirements for approval as set out in the Guidelines, and will have their Board-approval revoked.

Supervision provided by a non-Board approved supervisor will not be recognised by the Board as suitable supervision in the Board’s training pathways (4+2 internship program, 5+1 internship program; registrar program, and working in addition to placements).

If an application for provisional registration, general registration or endorsement is made on the grounds that supervision was or will be provided by a non-approved supervisor, a proposal to refuse the application will be made on the grounds that the registration standard has not been met.

Psychologists undertaking any of the training mentioned above should ensure that their supervisor/s is approved by the Board. 

 
 
 
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