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.
DEVELOPED AND FACILITATED BY SUSAN SISKO, PHD
& MAXINE ROSENFIELD,MRES
We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia. We also acknowledge that the teaching and learning across Australia is a continuance of the teaching and learning that has occurred on these lands for tens of thousands of years.
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
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
The joys and fears of clinical supervision
Culture and power in supervisor relationship
2: Supervisory Relationship, Ethics and Supervision Modalities
Progressing the supervision relationship
Face-to-face and telehealth
3: Supervisory Models and Tasks
History of supervision and supervision modalities
Functions and tasks of supervision
Supervision process and contracts
4: Skills Development Individual and Group Supervison and Feedback
Supervisee skill development
5: Understanding Evaluation and Self-care
Supervisory skill development and feedback (continued)
Evaluation of supervisee competence, capacity, and wellbeing
Wellbeing and Resilience
Total training hours
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
February 24th & 25th
March 16th & 17th
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