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Skills-based training, Part 2 PsyBA-approved supervisor training

Event number: 17331
12 CPD hours
APS Institute CPD
Training Course


This 12-hour (2-day) face to face workshop represents the second stage of Board approved Supervisor training. The workshop covers six broad modules that are designed systematically to cover the range of supervisor competencies, as follows:


Module 1: Introduction to competency-based models of supervision

Includes an analysis of the features that define competency models and differentiate them from other supervision models; the structure and organisation of competencies; and the conceptualisation and practice-applications of three important metacompetencies.


Module 2: Attitude-value competencies

Includes definition and salience of attitude-values in supervision; attitudes towards the client, profession, and self as therapist and supervisor; cultural, diversity, and multidisciplinary competence; important attitude-value competencies underpinning competent psychological practice; attitude-value competencies underlying ethical judgments and behaviour; and fostering helpful attitude and value competencies to prevent burnout and promote thriving.


Module 3: Facilitating the acquisition and enhancement of relationship and attitude-value competencies

Includes common relationship competencies that are the focus of supervision; factors associated with establishing and maintaining a healthy supervisory alliance; empirical literature on supervisory alliance and its effects on supervision outcomes; definition and measurement of supervisory alliance; definition and videotape demonstration of parallel processes; dealing with boundary and other relationship challenges in supervision; potential biases affecting supervisory judgements of trainee competence; and best-practice guidelines for enhancing relationship competencies.


Module 4: Facilitating the enhancement of knowledge and knowledge-application competencies in supervision

Includes theoretical knowledge, knowledge application and knowledge integration competencies; diagnostic and differential diagnostic competencies; supervision methods to enhance and evaluate knowledge application; differentiation between knowledge and judgement; case conceptualisation competencies; effective facilitation of knowledge competencies; and best-practice guidelines.


Module 5: Facilitating the acquisition and enhancement of skills-based competencies

Includes live and delayed observation methods in supervision; empirical literature on skills training methods in supervision; effective videotape methods for supervision of psychotherapy; demonstration of several different techniques of video analysis and review in supervision; small group activity designed to enhance supervisory skills in videotape analysis of therapist-client interactions and effective supervisory feedback following observation; effective skills training in supervision; and best-practice guidelines.


Module 6: Evaluation in and of supervision

Includes theoretical issues and practical challenges associated with formative and summative assessment; empirical research governing reliability and validity of supervisor judgments; recent developments in competency measurement; dilemmas and possible solutions concerning assessment; and best practice guidelines concerning evaluation of supervisor and supervision.


Prerequisite requirements 

Trainee supervisors undertaking Part 2: Skills based training workshop will be required to provide documentary evidence that they have completed Part 1: Knowledge Assessment with a Board-approved provider of supervisor training. In the case of registrants who have undertaken APS Institute supervisor training, successful completion of Part 1 of the training will be verified at the point of enrolment. In the case of registrants who have completed Part 1 with another Board-approved supervisor trainer, a copy of the certificate of completion should be forwarded to In the case of the latter enrolees, general registration status, date of first registration, area/s of endorsement, and existence of conditions, undertakings or reprimands will be verified independently against data available on the Register of Practitioners. Selective audit of certificates of completion issued by other Board-approved supervisor trainers will be undertaken. The APS Institute will notify the Board if there is a discrepancy between information regarding eligibility that has been provided by the enrolee and information contained on the Register of Practitioners.



In addition to completing the 3 (three) phases of Board-approved supervisor training (Part 1: Knowledge assessment; Part 2: Skills Based Training; and Part 3: Competency-based assessment and evaluation), there are also minimum eligibility requirements for secondary supervisors of 2 years of holding general registration, for primary supervisors of 3 years of holding general registration, and for supervisors of registrars in an endorsed area of practice of 2 years of holding endorsement in that approved area of practice. Determinations about who may be a Board-approved supervisor rest exclusively with the Psychology Board of Australia. Psychologists wishing to become Board-approved supervisors, upon completion of full training, should make application to that Board using the Board’s application form.


Online registration


Novotel Sydney Central
169 – 179 Thomas Street
Haymarket, NSW 2000
Start date: 17/3/2017
End date: 18/3/2017
Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm (registration from 8.45am)


The Old Woolstore
1 Macquarie Street
Hobart, TAS 7000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 23/3/2017
End date: 24/3/2017
Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm (registration from 8.45am)


Quay West Suites
26 Southgate Avenue
Southbank, VIC 3000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 28/4/2017
End date: 29/4/2017
Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm (registration from 8.45am)


Mercure Perth
10 Irwin Street
Perth, WA 6000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 11/5/2017
End date: 12/5/2017
Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm (registration from 8.45am)


ibis Adelaide
122 Grenfell Street
Adelaide, SA 5000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 12/5/2017
End date: 13/5/2017
Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm (registration from 8.45am)


The Sebel Brisbane
95 Charlotte Street
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 12/5/2017
End date: 13/5/2017
Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm (registration from 8.45am)


APS Member $630
Non-Member $945


APS Institute
APS Institute national workshops are delivered around the country by experienced presenters with subject matter expertise. Workshops involve active learning including role plays, small group work, exercises and assessed learning outcomes. Certificates of attendance are issued at the conclusion of each workshop.
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