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 establish, for the first time, nationally consistent:
- standards for Board-approved supervisor qualifications
- Board-approved supervisor competencies, and
- Board-approved supervisor training.
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 have been approved by the Board to facilitate delivery of supervisor training nationally. A complete range of supervisor training is now available in both urban and regional areas in every state and territory.
These programs have approval for five years (until 31 December 2018).
The Board has approved the following supervisor training programs, which may be offered in any state or territory:
- the APS Institute
- the Cairnmillar Institute
- Clinical Supervision Services
- Dr Daphne Hewson
- Deakin University
- Learning Links
- Monash University
- Swinburne University
- Wentworth Forensic Clinic, University of NSW
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:
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:
Board approved providers of master class training:
For details on the curriculum of the programs and the next available program offering, please contact the provider directly.
These programs have interim approval for five years (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
||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 is now inviting applications from suitably qualified and experienced individuals and organisations to deliver supervisor training program across Australia.
The Board has released an application pack for individuals and organisations interested in becoming Board approved providers of master class training only.
The Board has previously determined to hold an Expression of interest (EOI) process to become a Board-approved supervisor training provider every five years. The current approval cycle 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 has determined to hold an EOI for Board- approved training providers mid-approval cycle (i.e. before 2018).
This application is for approval for provision of master class training only, and approval is to be granted until 2018 to align with the above approval timeframes.
The Board is particularly interested in applicants who are located regionally and/or can provide master class training in regional locations.
In 2013, the Board introduced a competency-based training framework for supervisors to ensure provisional psychologists and psychologists receive quality supervision that is consistent with the Board’s standards. More information about the framework and the requirements for the training is available in the Guideline for supervisors and supervisor training providers.
Individuals and organisations (applicants) interested in becoming a Board-approved training provider may apply for approval to provide one or more master classes by using the form above.
Applicants may submit requests for additional information or clarification up to 17 days after the release of the application (i.e. 21 October 2016). For the purpose of fairness and transparency, all individual questions and the answers provided will be made available to all applicants. All questions and the answers will be published here seven days after the close of the allocated question time.
Applications close on 10 November 2016.
The Board will assess and approve applicants based on their:
- ability to meet Board standards and requirements of the guideline, and
- the selection criteria in the application pack.
Multiple training providers may be selected to facilitate delivery of supervisor training nationally (particularly in regional areas).
The Board will grant approval to successful applicants from January/February 2017 until December 2018.