Supervising for ethical practice in rural and remote settings

Masterclass 1: Supervising for ethical practice in rural and remote settings

1 day workshop |  8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Masterclass details

This workshop aims to provide supervisors with knowledge and methods for the effective evaluation of their trainee’s competencies in this area, and will include practical tasks to increase their skill and confidence in providing feedback to supervisees about ethical dilemmas they may be faced with in their practice. Focus is given to evaluating students on placement and provisional psychologists (4+2 or 5+1), but the knowledge and skills acquired in this masterclass can equally apply to evaluating fully registered allied health practitioners providing general supervision in the workplace.

The aim of this Masterclass

After completing this workshop you will have:

  1. developed a deeper understanding of ethical practice from the role of a supervisor.
  2. learned strategies to meet the challenges of rural and remote practice, including professional isolation.
  3. developed skills and confidence in evaluating trainee competencies in ethical practice, within the rural and remote context.
  4. learned strategies to supervise for cultural competence as a part of ethical practice.

This one-day workshop will consist of a mix of didactic presentation, experiential exercises, and group discussion. A short quiz is used to assess knowledge and understanding of the topic prior to the workshop. Experiential exercises will also be used throughout the day to enable the trainer to evaluate practical skills. Further assessment may be included for supervising Psychologists who need to meet the Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency requirements (to retain their supervisory status).

Who is this Masterclass for?

This is an expert workshop designed for allied health professionals who provide clinical supervision and who want to refresh their skills in this area.
More information for supervising Psychologists

You are also expected to stay up-to-date with the program requirements of your supervisees, and your requirements as a supervisor.  It is important to note that a Masterclass is NOT a general “refresher” course. Masterclasses focus on one specific topic relevant to supervision. Supervisors are required to self-assess against the supervisor competencies (see pages 2-4 of the supervisor’s guide) and if you feel you need a more general refresher AHPRA strongly encourages you to complete multiple Masterclasses and/or components 1 and 2 of a Board-approved full supervisor training program (see below).

Supervisor Training

AHPRA provides the following information regarding supervisor training

The following supervisor training meets the Board’s requirement for renewal of Board-approved supervisor status every five years:

Completion of one Board-approved master classMeets minimum requirement
Completion of more than one Board-approved master classExceeds requirement
Completion of Component 1,2 and 3 of a Board-approved full supervisor training programExceeds requirement
Completion of Component 1 and 2 (only) of a Board-approved full supervisor training programExceeds requirement
Completion of Component 2 (only) of a Board-approved full supervisor training programExceeds requirement
Completion of Component 1 (only) or Component 3 (only) of a Board-approved full supervisor training programDoes not meet the requirement*

*This is because component 1 does not integrate and assess both knowledge and skills as is the case in a Master class, and Component 3 does not have sufficient assessment of theory and knowledge, and cannot be taken alone (Component 1 and 2 are pre-requisites for Component 3).

Finally, it is important to remember that AHPRA requires you to complete a form and send in a certified copy of your Masterclass certificate and an application form to retain your status as a board approved supervisor.

This workshop is only one part of the process. More information can be found here and the form can be found here

Your trainers

Dr Sharon Varela

Dr. Sharon Varela is a Senior Psychologist and a Mental Health Academic with the Centre for Rural and Remote Health. She is located in Longreach but works across the Central West and North West regions of Queensland. She completed her PhD research in clinical and sport psychology, developing and implementing a prevention program in the area of resilience, sport and youth. Sharon has extensive experience in the areas of training and supervision of provisional and student psychologists, and for allied health workers in general through collaborative practice models.

Sharon is a lifespan psychologist who has held senior clinical roles and leadership roles across government, not-for-profit, university and private sectors in the following areas of psychology: health, forensic mental health, mental health, disability, organisational, developmental, educational, research, survey design.

Cost, location and dates

This Masterclass is available in Mount Isa, Longreach, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton. Please follow the Register Now link for details of locations and dates, or return to the main page. Each Masterclass will cost $350. If you would attend more than one MICRRH and the College of Healthcare Sciences Masterclass in a 12 month period, you will receive a 50% discount on the second Masterclass. If this is your second or third Masterclass please ensure you select the discount option on the payment page.

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