becoming a supervisor: clinical supervisor training

If you’re an Australia Counselling member, click here to access Dr Judy Leung’s 80 minute presentation on an introduction to becoming a supervisor.

From Therapist to Supervisor – Supervisor Training 3 day workshop

Supervision is increasingly understood as a separate discipline with its own skills set and knowledge, in contrast to counselling and psychotherapy. Many professions now require their supervisors to undergo formal supervisor training. This workshop provides the essential knowledge and skills training for the delivery of supervision across different modalities.

PACFA, the peak body for counsellors and psychotherapists, has specific requirements for accreditation of its supervisors. To this end, this supervisor-training course has also been designed to meet these requirements.

These modules are designed to provide an intimate, experiential and tutorial style of learning and number of participants is therefore limited to 21 participants. They are suitable for health care professionals such as counsellors, psychotherapists, nurses, social workers, and psychologists.

The content of these modules will reflect 40% of practical skills training as required by PACFA.

The core training will compromise of:

  • role-plays
  • dyads and triads skills training components
  • case studies
  • assignments
  • lecture notes
  • reading list
  • assessments

Offering a pathway to becoming a PACFA registered supervisor

Completion of this 21 hours training workshop qualifies you for fulfilling the formal training requirements to become a supervisor under the Transitional Accreditation Pathway provided by PACFA.

Other requirements by PACFA to become a supervisor registrant are:

  • 50 hours of supervisor practice over a minimum of 2 years
  • 10 hours of supervised practice in the role of supervisor
  • a minimum of 5 years post-graduate clinical experience
  • 3 years as a Clinical Registrant of PACFA

Members of The Australian Psychological Society can accrue CPD points for this workshop. Members of AASW can accrue CPD hours if this workshop is relevant to your CPD plan.

Philosophy of this workshop: to challenge, develop and extend your personal thinking on providing supervision as well as to gain knowledge and skills in this area delivered in an intimate and supportive environment.

Day 1

Participants will examine and learn:

  • Definitions and legal implications
  • Functions and purposes of supervision
  • Goals of supervision
  • Types of supervision
  • Knowing your target populations and their relevance to supervision
  • Mapping out accountability and relevant working agreements
  • Setting up supervision
  • Useful supervision contracts
  • The dance of the supervisor – what to focus on and how to assess
  • Current theoretical frameworks for guiding supervision

Day 2

  • It takes two to tango – developing the supervisory relationship and its significance
  • What styles of supervision: didactic, instructional, educational, reflective?
  • Growing needs –  examining and matching the developmental stages and needs of supervisees
  • Methods of case presentation and what to choose
  • How to give feedback to supervisees
  • How formal do we get? – Formal evaluations and certificates of competency
  • The relevance of and types of record-keeping
  • What type of dancing are we doing – examining the developmental stages of the supervisory relationship
  • What is relational supervision?
  • When something is amiss – the parallel process

Day 3

  • Fractures in the supervisory relationship – seeing the signs; can they be pre-empted? How to repair
  • When your supervisee is aggrieved – what then?
  • That difficult topic: dealing with the difficult and under-performing supervisee (due process)
  • Protecting yourself – supervision for supervisors
  • The other side of supervision – supervisee evaluating us
  • The sticky topics – ethical and professional issues in supervision that you need to know
  • Covering your backside – legal and insurance matters


November 8, 9 and 10, 2013


NSW Writer’s Centre, Rozelle


1st early bird:

$695 paid in full before 5pm Monday 31 July, 2013

2nd early bird:

$795 paid in full before 5pm Monday 16 September, 2013

Full fee:

$895 paid after 16 September, 2013

Australia Counselling members receive a $100 discount off the full fee or any early bird discount.


Click here to download the registration brochure. Fill in the registration page and email or send it to us before the early bird date to get your discount.


Payment can be made via EFT bank transfer or credit card

About the presenter:

Dr. Judy LeungDr. Judy Leung (Doctor of Psychology) is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist with more than 33 years in clinical work. She has provided supervision to health professionals since 1987, and psychotherapists and psychologists since 1990. She was a trainer and supervisor in Gestalt Therapy for many years with the Illawarra Gestalt Centre (1989-2003), and co-director of Gestalt Practitioners Training Sydney (2004-2008). In the latter two roles she was involved in the long-term supervision, assessment and evaluation of emerging psychotherapists for accreditation, as well as develop minimum standard of performance, policy and guidelines associated with supervision requirements for the training courses.

She has conducted supervisor-training workshops since 2005 with Alan Meara and was one of a few selected by the NSW Psychologists Registration Board in 2006 to provide supervisor training for psychologists within the state.

In the 1990’s Judy was responsible for the establishment of the Shoalhaven Branch of the Australian Psychological Society and was its chairperson for a few years. Over the past 2 decades she has delivered seminars and workshops in Australia and overseas. She is a Clinical member of GANZ and a member of the Clinical College of The Australian Psychological Society. Further information on Judy can be viewed at