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Clinical supervisor training in Australia: A review of current problems and possible solutions

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Derek Milne


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Clinical supervision cuts to the heart of professional psychology training. It is the most expensive single investment of staff time in the training of the psychology practitioner, and it appears to be the single most important contributor to training effectiveness, repaying that investment. Now there are changes afoot internationally which may change its pivotal role. For example, the Psychology Board of Australia has recently proposed that supervisors undergo approved supervisor training; in the USA, a competence-based emphasis is gaining ground; while in the UK, supervisors within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative are receiving unprecedented training and support. It is therefore timely to clarify the need for such training and to consider promising options for its effective delivery. Following a summary of the changes within Australia, we next address these emergent problems and promising solutions by examining the available scientific evidence and by considering professional consensus statements.

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Author(s): Gonsalvez CJ, Milne DL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Australian Psychologist

Year: 2010

Volume: 45

Issue: 4

Pages: 233-242

Print publication date: 06/11/2010

ISSN (print): 0005-0067

ISSN (electronic): 1742-9544

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/00050067.2010.512612


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