Supervision for Trainees

Supervision serves an educative and supportive function. It is an opportunity to raise professional issues and gain further experience under the guidance of an experienced practitioner. Supervision allows an individual to learn from their own experiences in working with clients, review and debrief intervention plans for individual and/or groups, and ensure that service delivery follows best practice standards.

Dr Kate Lemerle is registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to provide supervision for provisional psychologists undertaking the 4+2 and 5+1 pathways, either as primary or secondary supervisor. To find out more about Dr Lemerle’s qualifications and experience, click here.

SUPERVISION PROGRAM FOR PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS

Psychology graduates can commence the 2-year Supervised Practice Program (SPP) when they have completed all requirements for a 4-year degree in Psychology from a recognised university.

To commence the supervision program, the following requirements must be met:

  • Employment (part-time, full-time, and/or volunteering) in a role that is recognised as providing access to “psychological practice” for at least 17.5 hours per week;
  • 1-hour supervision for each block of 17.5 hours of work (i.e. 2 hours per week for full-time employment);
  • Completion of 8 competency-based learning modules, each of which includes specific assessment tasks and is designed to be completed in about 12 weeks.

Full details of the course requirements can be found at http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Registration/Provisional.aspx and psychology graduates considering these pathways towards full registration are advised to check the AHPRA website as details may change.

There are two pathways available to full resistration as a Psychologist:

The 4+2 internship program is an intensive training program in psychology completed over two years (or equivalent part-time) under supervision of a Psychologist registered with AHPRA to provide this program. This pathway enables the individual to gain the supervised experience necessary to become eligible to apply for general registration as a psychologist.

The 5+1 internship program refers to a sequence of accredited tertiary study comprising coursework and practical placements offered by a registered tertiary institution, followed by a sixth year (one year full-time or equivalent part-time) supervised practice internship approved by the Psychology Board of Australia. The sixth year internship program is a one-year program (or equivalent part-time) of intensive training during which the provisional psychologist consolidates the skills and knowledge developed during the first five years of training and applies them in a practical setting.

There are three main components to the internship program:

  1. Psychological practice – minimum 40% (1114 hours) direct client contact with the rest (1670 hours) being client-related activities;
  2. Supervision (176+ hours) being at least 75% (132 hours) provided by the principal supervisor (individual or group) and up to 25% (44 hours) provided by secondary supervisors (individual or group); and
  3. Professional development – 60 hours per year or pro-rata equivalent for part time practice

Both 4+2 and 5+1 pathways require evidence of completion of supervised training across 8 core competencies:

  • Knowledge of the discipline
  • Ethical, legal and professional matters
  • Psychological assessment and measurement
  • Intervention strategies
  • Research and evaluation
  • Communication and interpersonal relationships
  • Working within a cross-cultural context
  • Practice across the lifespan.

In addition, provisional psychologists that are completing the 4+2 and 5+1 internship program and who apply for general registration after 1 July 2013 will be required to pass the National Psychology Examination during their sixth year internship, before applying for general registration.

* Interns will have the opportunity to work with clients attending our Free Counselling & Coaching Clinic during their internship, along with organizing and delivering group workshops and attending group training opportunities with other interns.

FEE: $125.00 per hour (GST free)

Provisional Psychologists Group Supervision Workshops

These 1-day intensive group workshops are specifically designed to provide provisionally registered (intern) psychologists with skills required to complete the competencies for full registration. Wherever possible, we will use volunteer “clients” to ensure practical learning of skills such as test administration, report writing, case formulation & intervention planning, writing up case studies, etc.

Click here to download an application form for supervision.


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