In May senior ACAP psychology academics began training their national registered psychologist peers in supervisor master classes.
“Psychology supervisors in the field who train provisional psychologists and postgraduate psychology students on placements and internships are required to renew their status every five years,” said Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry.
Recognising the looming demand for refresher training, ACAP applied to the Psychology Board of Australia with the offer to contribute their expertise to the cause by providing courses to the specialist group. With approval granted, courses designed to update supervisors on student needs and related clinical competencies are underway at the Sydney Hyde Park campus, with digital hook-up available for participants around Australia.
The efforts of ACAP’s School of Psychological Science faculty will help maintain the national pool of supervisors who devote significant time to the responsibility of guiding students to registration and to endorsement in the many different areas of psychology practice.
“The master classes are provided free of charge to supervisors providing placements for students undertaking the Master of Psychology (Clinical) at ACAP,” said Kathryn.
“For most current supervisors, approval will lapse on 30 June 2018. It’s expected there will be steady demand for ACAP’s new service until then.”
The master class tutorials will cover supervision in the contexts: clinical placement endorsement; managing professional competence; developing case conceptualisation; meta-competencies and reflective practice.
Find out more about the master class content here.