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Training Overview.

This 40-hour accredited and endorsed supervision course is a well-developed, interactive, and engaging learning experience that is based in best practice standards. The full training meets the criteria for registration as a supervisor with Psychotherapy and Counsellor Federation of Australia (PACFA), Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and the Australasian Association of Supervision (AAOS).


Clinical supervision is an important and ongoing process in the development of counsellors and psychotherapists in the profession. As such, supervision has become one of the most consistent requirements in the ongoing, post-degree, continuing education of counsellors and psychotherapists.

Supervision is often experienced as a meaningful relationship that usually extends over time and includes mentoring, teaching and support as well as being evaluative in nature.

The role and responsibilities of the clinical supervisor are distinct and different from those of a counsellor, yet many counselling professionals who provide clinical supervision have never received formal supervision training themselves. 


The course will support the development of skills, knowledge, and current training standards with emphasis on the supervisor’s self-awareness and cultural responsiveness. The course will introduce supervision models as well as understanding how to work in different modes (face-to-face and telehealth). The course will include lectures, set readings, assessments tasks and engaging activities, such as group discussion, role plays, and practice dyads.


Supervision Training Course is run over a six-month period per standard training requirements. This course will include five teaching modules facilitated over 5-days.


Susan Sisko, PhD

Susan is an author, academic, researcher and practicing psychologist. The focus of her PhD was on counsellor education and supervision, which underpins this supervisor training course. She has taught counselling and supervision for more than 20 years in Hong Kong, US, and Australia.

  • PhD in Counsellor Education

  • MA Counselling Psychology

  • Registered Psychologist, Australia (MAPS)

  • Licensed Professional Counsellor (LPC) and

  • Register Clinical Supervisor, Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counsellors, and Therapists (OBLPCT), USA

Maxine Rosenfield, MRes


Maxine has been a counsellor and supervisor for 30 years. She has taught counselling and supervision for the past ten years and her Master of Research thesis was on supervision. She was a Board member of the Australasian Association of Supervision 2005-2022, supporting the development of the profession in Australasia.


  • Bachelor of Science

  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling

  • Master of Research Thesis title: An Exploration of Experienced Supervisors' Practice in Multiple Modes Using Reflexive Thematic Analysis

  • Clinical Member (PACFA)

  • Life Membership by PACFA for services to the field of counselling psychotherapy and supervision.


  • Develop cultural responsiveness and self-awareness in practice

  • Provide a theoretical knowledge and practical skills to work effectively with supervisees

  • Understand ethical practice working in multiple modalities (face-to-face and telehealth)

  • Develop and refine supervisory skills

  • Integrate theory and skills into a working supervisory style

  • Understand and practice professional resilience and a professional identity of the supervisor

Learning Outcome


Integrate theoretical knowledge and practical skills to effectively work with supervisees in their clinical development


Demonstrate the ability to reflect on self-awareness, cultural awareness, and ethical competence


Demonstrate knowledge of supervision modalities


Achieve an appropriate standard of understanding the formation and maintenance of the supervisory alliance. Achieve an appropriate understanding of managing challenges in the supervisory alliance.


Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the supervisee’s skills, knowledge and experience

Who Should Attend?

This training is suited to experienced practitioners who wish to learn about supervision. Applicants planning to become an Accredited Supervisor are required to have a minimum of 5 years post-training experience as a qualified psychotherapist or counsellor, with a minimum of 3 years in practice.

This supervisor training program which meets the Supervision Training Standards requires at least 36 hours of person-to-person teaching in supervision theory and practice and a minimum of 10 hours of supervised practice in the role of supervisor during the training (PACFA and ACA websites)

Training Modules and Hours.



1: Introduction and Cultural Responsiveness 

  • Introduction 

  • The joys and fears of clinical supervision 

  • Cultural responsiveness 

  • Culture and power in supervisor relationship 

8 hours

2: Supervisory Relationship, Ethics and Supervision Modalities

  • Progressing the supervision relationship 

  • Face-to-face and telehealth 

  • Ethics

8 hours

3: Supervisory Models and Tasks

  • History of supervision and supervision modalities

  • Functions and tasks of supervision

  • Supervision process and contracts 

8 hours

4: Skills Development Individual and Group Supervison and Feedback

  • Supervisee skill development 

  • Feedback

8 hours

5: Understanding Evaluation and Self-care

  • Supervisory skill development and feedback (continued)

  • Evaluation of supervisee competence, capacity, and wellbeing 

  • Wellbeing and Resilience 

8 hours

Total training hours

40 hours

Assessment Tasks.

Assessment 1: Supervisor Cultural Genogram and essay (1,000 words)

Learning Outcomes: 1 and 2


Assessment 2: Supervision Contract (1,000)

Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4 and 5


Assessment 3: 60-minute supervision demonstration

Learning Outcomes: 4 and 5

2024 Dates:

August 24th & 25th

September 21st & 22nd

October 19th


The training will be offered face-to-face at Crow's Nest Community Centre in Sydney's lower North Shore.



40 hour training (5 days)

[OPTIONAL] Supervision Practice Groups (10 hours)

  • Five two-hour supervision practice groups offering supervision of supervision feedback


If you have any questions regarding the course, please feel free to get in touch.

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Accredited Clinical Supervision Training

A 40-hour accredited and endorsed clinical supervision course offering the training and experiences to become a registered supervisor. Well-developed, interactive, engaging and based in best practice standards.


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