Strengthening and Supporting the Mental Health System

Join us for our first biennial conference in professional supervision and reflective practice. Hosted by the Cairnmillar Institute, this online conference will explore a variety of issues that supervisors need to consider in contemporary supervision practice.

Drawing on the theme of ‘turbulent times’, this conference will encourage participants to think about how the work of supervisors has changed in recent times, and how they can best meet these new challenges. While the theme of ‘turbulence’ doesn’t solely relate to the COVID crisis, the pandemic has certainly presented us with an opportunity to reflect on supervision in the context of increasing levels of psychopathology and service demand. Accordingly, we invite presenters and delegates who are keen to contribute to conversations around how these progressively busy and turbulent times are impacting on our work and supervision practices.

The conference will feature:

Keynote speakers, workshops, invited address and individual presentations including case studies. 

Topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • Discussion of supervision case studies.
  • How to teach/develop reflective practice skills.
  • Identifying risks and knowing boundaries for new supervisors.
  • Incorporating deliberate practice and supervision.
  • Prevention of supervisor burnout.
  • Procedural justice and using the ‘F’ word – Fail.
  • Supervising the traumatised supervisee.
  • Sustaining quality supervision: Establishing a ‘supervisor’ Community of Practice.
  • Challenges, gaps and opportunities for research in supervision.

All ticket types will receive access to the recorded presentations until 31 January 2022. 

This event counts as 8.5 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements.

Current Keynote Presentations

Co-chaired by CEO, Prof Kathryn von Treuer, and Head of School, Prof Louise Roufeil

Clinical Supervision of Trauma Psychologists: Considerations in establishing a professional supervisory framework.

A/Prof James Courtney
Monash University

Delivering better Outcomes for practitioners and their clients: the role of supervision and deliberate practice.

Ms Kaye Frankcom
Kaye Frankcom Consulting

Supervisors’ Assessments of Supervisees through the Competency prism: Insights, Challenges and Future Strategies.

Prof Craig Gonsalvez
Western Sydney University

How can the psychotherapy outcomes research and the common factors inform what happens in supervision? Learnings from supervision practice.

George Habib
The University of Melbourne


Are we really in this together? Rethinking the boundary between therapy and supervision.

Dr Zoe Krupka 
The Cairnmillar Institute

More keynote presentations to come, with the provisional program to be available soon. 

Submit an Abstract

If you would like to submit an abstract to present, please see the links below for more information and instructions.

Abstracts are due 7th November 2021. Notification of outcome will be provided by 14th November 2021

Verbal Presentation – 20 minute sessions and Q&A 

Workshops or ‘How To’ Sessions – 60 or 90 minutes

Conference Prices

(National or International)
Cairnmillar Staff  Cairnmillar Supervisor Admission Cairnmillar Alumni Admission Cairnmillar Student Admission Developing country
Conference Attendance $99 Free $65 $65 $65 $65

  • Reduction of $20 if you have your abstract approved and present. 

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