Challenges and responses to the changed rules for supervision in applied psychology

Hawkins, Russell, and Olds, Kirsty (2013) Challenges and responses to the changed rules for supervision in applied psychology. In: Proceedings of the Advances in Clinical Supervision Conference. pp. 33-36. From: Advances in Clinical Supervision Conference, 4-6 June 2013, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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The move to national registration of health practitioners in Australia (Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009) has resulted in new policies to guide supervision activities for psychologists. In 2010 the Psychology Board of Australia published a consultation paper "Guideline for Approved Training Programs in Psychology Supervision", followed in November 2011 by another consultation paper "Exposure Draft: Guideline for Supervisors and Supervisor Training Providers". Each document release was followed by a consultation period during which submissions from interested parties were received. In August 2012 a "Fact sheet for supervisors" document was published by the Board Notably it described new requirements to take effect from July 1 2013.

As was acknowledge by many of the submissions to the consultative process renewed attention to supervision matters was generally welcomed. Nonetheless many specific concerns were raised by these submissions. It is not yet clear whether the concerns and various fears identified in the submissions will outweigh the potential gains of the revamped supervision policies. The paper will consider some of these issues.

Of particular concern is the commonly reported difficulty that finding good supervisors is already difficult and that the time and cost disincentives of supervision training may add to this difficulty. Many Australian universities have dropped postgraduate training programs in psychology in recent years; usually because of cost issues, thus increased costs for supervision will have a broad salience for the profession. This represents a particular challenge for people interested in the promotion of improved supervision standards and practices.

Item ID: 30034
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9923822-0-9
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