Psychology Board of Australia
Psychology Board of Australia
 

Supervisor training

From 1 July 2013 all applicants to become a Board-approved supervisor or to maintain current Board-approved supervisor status need to have completed a Board-approved supervisor training program.

The Guideline for supervisors and supervisor training providers established, for the first time, nationally consistent:

  • standards for Board-approved supervisor qualifications
  • Board-approved supervisor competencies, and
  • Board-approved supervisor training.

The purpose of Board-approved supervisor training is to equip supervisors with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide competency-based supervision to supervisees undertaking:

  • a 4+2 internship program
  • 5+1 internship program
  • accredited higher degree program
  • working in addition to placements for higher degree students, and/or
  • registrar program leading to area of practice endorsement. 

Depending on which of these pathways the supervisees are taking, the competencies they require will differ in scope. However, the general supervisory competencies required of supervisors apply in all pathways.

Board-approved training programs provide both initial supervisor training (full training) for psychologists wishing to become a Board-approved supervisor for the first time (new supervisors), and master class training for Board-approved supervisors who wish to apply to maintain their Board-approved supervisor status for another five years.

For more information please review the:

Board-approved supervisor training programs

In 2013, the Board invited applications from suitably qualified and experienced individuals and organisations to deliver supervisor training programs across Australia.

Multiple training providers were approved by the Board to facilitate delivery of supervisor training nationally for five years (until 31 December 2018):

  • the APS Institute
  • the Cairnmillar Institute
  • Clinical Supervision Services
  • Communicare
  • Dr Daphne Hewson (Viva Consulting)
  • Deakin University
  • Learning Links
  • Monash University
  • Swinburne University
  • STAP
  • Wentworth Forensic Clinic, University of NSW

In late 2016, the Board invited further applications from individuals or organisations to deliver only master class training for two years (until 31 December 2018). This purpose of this was to assist in meeting the extra demand for refresher training as a large proportion of Board-approved supervisors seek to maintain their BAS beyond 30 June 2018. Six applications were approved by the Board:

  • Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP)
  • C-BEST (Competency-Based Excellence in Supervisor Training)
  • James Cook University /Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (MICRRH)
  • SPOT - Specialist Psychological Outreach Team
  • University of Canberra
  • University of Melbourne

Contact details for Board-approved training programs

The new Board-approved supervisor training programs have provided the Board permission to publish the contact details listed below.

Information on the location and scheduling of workshops can be obtained from the Board-approved supervisor training providers directly.

If a workshop is not scheduled in your area, 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. 

Board approved providers of full-training:

Name of provider  Components of full training that are Board-approved  Email  Phone number 
The Australian Psychology Society Institute  Knowledge assessment (preparatory work)

Skills training

Competency-based assessment and evaluation components 
apsinstitute@psychology.org.au  (03) 86623300 
The Cairnmillar Institute  Knowledge assessment (preparatory work)

Skills training

Competency-based assessment and evaluation components 
shortcourses@cairnmillar.org.au  (03) 98133400 
Clinical Supervision Services Knowledge assessment (preparatory work)

Skills training

Competency-based assessment and evaluation components
enquiries.css@optusnet.com.au 0478 548 594 
Communicare Training Institute  Knowledge assessment (preparatory work)

Skills training

Competency-based assessment and evaluation components
cti@communicare.org.au  (08) 63501870 
Deakin University Psychologist Supervisor Training Program  Knowledge assessment (preparatory work)

Skills training

Competency-based assessment and evaluation components
supervisor-training@deakin.edu.au  (03) 9244 6844
Learning Links Skills training

Comptency-based assessment and evaluation components
Michelle Button

mbutton@learninglinks.org.au
(02) 8568 8200 
Supervisor Training and Approval Program (STAP)  Knowledge assessment (preparatory work)

Skills training

Competency-based assessment and evaluation components 
stap@griffith.edu.au (07) 3735 3385
Swinburne University Psychology Clinic Knowledge assessment (preparatory work)

Skills training

Competency-based assessment and evaluation components
psychclinic@swin.edu.au (03) 9214 8653 
Wentworth Forensic Clinic, University of NSW Skills training

Competency-based assessment and evaluation components
amcgregor@unsw.edu.au  (02) 9265 7542 

 Board approved providers of master class training:

Name of provider  Email  Phone number 
Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP)  psych.supervisortraining@acap.edu.au  (02) 9964 6568

(02) 9964 6235 
The Australian Psychology Society Institute  apsinstitute@psychology.org.au  (03) 86623300 
The Cairnmillar Institute  shortcourses@cairnmillar.org.au  (03) 98133400 
Clinical Supervision Services enquiries.css@optusnet.com.au 0478 548 594
Communicare Training Institute  cti@communicare.org.au  (08) 63501870 
C-BEST (Competency-Based Excellence in Supervisor Training)  Craig Gonsalvez
craig@c-best.com.au
0425 710 045 
Deakin University Psychologist Supervisor Training Program supervisor-training@deakin.edu.au  (03) 9244 6844
Dr Daphne Hewson (Viva Consulting)  joyce@supervisionworkshops.com  N/A 
James Cook University /Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (MICRRH) 

Sharon Varela
sharon.varela@jcu.edu.au

0428 684 655 
Learning Links Michelle Button
mbutton@learninglinks.org.au
(02) 8568 8200
Monash University pdp.psych@monash.edu NA
SPOT - Specialist Psychological Outreach Team  training@spot.net.au  (08) 9335 8777 
Supervisor Training and Approval Program (STAP)  stap@griffith.edu.au (07) 3735 3385
Swinburne University Psychology Clinic psychclinic@swin.edu.au (03) 9214 8653 
University of Canberra  Peter Chamberlain
peter.chamberlain@canberra.edu.au 
(02) 6201 2157 
University of Melbourne  enquiry-psych@unimelb.edu.au  (03) 8344 6377 
Wentworth Forensic Clinic, University of NSW amcgregor@unsw.edu.au (02) 9265 7542 

For details on the curriculum of the programs and the next available program offering, please contact the provider directly.

These programs have interim approval until 31 December 2018.

The following Supervisor training programs were previously approved by the Board:

Name of Board-approved Supervisor Training Provider  Dates of approval*  Approved training programs  Reason for removal of approval 
Victoria University  February 2014 – December 2015  Master class only  Provider requested to withdraw from the program. 

*Note: All participants who successfully completed training during the approval period are considered by the Board to have undertaken Board-approved supervisor training. Board-approved supervisor training can be used towards the Board’s requirements to become a Board-approved supervisor or to maintain approval. Any training undertaken outside of these dates is considered by the Board to be non-approved supervisor training. Non-approved supervisor training cannot be used towards the Board’s requirements to become a Board-approved supervisor or to maintain approval. However, this training may be used towards a registrant’s continuing professional development (CPD) requirement. For more information on CPD please review the Continuing professional development registration standard and Continuing Professional Development Guideline.

Future Board-approved supervisor training programs

The Board has determined to hold an Expression of interest (EOI) process to become a Board-approved supervisor training provider every five years. The first applicant round closed on 16 August 2013. Therefore the current approval cycle for Board-approved supervisor training providers is 2013-2018.

In order to manage a potential shortfall of master class training workshops and providers for Board-approved supervisors (BAS) who require refresher training by 2018, the Board held an EOI for Board- approved training providers mid-approval cycle (i.e. before 2018). These providers are also approved until the end of 2018.

Applications to become a Board-approved supervisor training provider will continue to be conducted periodically. The frequency of application rounds is dependent upon the need for further supervisor training programs. It is expected that the next round will be advertised in 2018. Future opportunities will be communicated on the website.

If you wish to add your details to the supervisor training stakeholder distribution list for any future correspondence please email them to psychologychair@ahpra.gov.au.

 
 
 
Page reviewed 12/04/2017