The supervision training project

Hawkins, Russell, Little, Fiona, and Olds, Kirsty (2012) The supervision training project. In: Proceedings of the Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium (4) pp. 17-28. From: 4th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, 19-21 November 2012, Adelaide, SA.

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Capacity building in rural and remote areas is hampered by the lack of availability of trained supervisors for clinical psychology and other mental health students in rural and remote locations. Difficulties also exist with the current mental health workforce who are qualified to practice yet are unable to access a supervisor to provide the support required to deal with often complex and clinically challenging mental health issues. Training to improve the quality of supervision and the number of appropriately trained supervisors has the potential to reduce burnout and declining retention rates.

The Codes and guidelines paper issued by the Psychology Board of Australia indicated that, under the National Accreditation rules which took effect in July 2010, there will be an increased emphasis on student supervision. More flexible rules will allow increased use of distance methods including teleconference quality video to assist training for those in remote settings. Notably, supervision will now be required for all practising psychologists, no longer just for students, thus the demand for supervision training is expected to increase significantly.

For the Mental Health Nursing profession, participation in clinical supervision is an essential requirement for completion of the Credentialing process, as specified by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, and is regarded as a benchmark to maintain standards of practice.

Work to date has included the development of a self-directed supported training syllabus to prepare mental health professionals for the role of clinical student supervision. Aspect of this work and an outline of research plans are described.

Item ID: 27649
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-1-922232-00-7
Keywords: supervision training, rural and remote, mental health
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 23:57
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 50%
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