Training the Effective Supervisor: A Competency Based Approach

Key Facts

Study Load: 2 Days
Location: Online or face-to-face in Hawthorn East, Victoria
Delivery Mode: In-Person
Intake: Triannual
Fees: $175-1100

Course Overview

The Cairnmillar Institute is a Psychology Board of Australia-approved supervisor training provider delivering all components of the full supervisor training to registered psychologists. It entails at least 20 hours of training presented in three distinct and stipulated component parts:

  • Knowledge Assessment (Component One)
  • Skills Training (Component Two)
  • Assessment and Evaluation (Component Three)

The course is suitable for all supervisors who may be on staff, field placement supervisors, supervisors of interns (+2 and +1 pathways), supervisors in the area of practice endorsement of clinical psychology, and registered psychologist seeking supervisor registration.


Psychologists are eligible to enrol if:

  • Held general registration for a period of three years,
  • Or held an area of practice endorsement for at least two years and wish to become supervisors of Higher Degree students and supervisors of registrars seeking an area of practice endorsement.

What does this course offer?

Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to provide competency-based supervision to supervisees undertaking:

  • A 4+2 internship program
  • 5+1 internship program
  • Accredited higher degree program
  • Working in addition to placements for higher degree students, and/orRegistrar program leading to area of practice endorsement.
  • Identify the competencies to be developed in supervisees
  • Assess their competence in supervision
  • Have increased knowledge and skills in the competency based model of supervision

Upon completion of all components, participants are required to submit the following registration form to the Psychology Board for professional recognition.

Course Structure

There are three components for this course. Component One and Component Three are online courses. Component Two is a face-to-face or online workshop run over two days.

  1. Component One (Knowledge Assessment)
    This component is delivered as an online self-paced eLearn and comprises of guided reading and quizzes related to the readings. Participant must achieve at least 90% final score to pass this component and be able to register for the next component. This component constitutes 10 hours of coursework and CPD.
  2. Component Two (Skills Training Workshop)
    This component is conducted over two consecutive days, from 9.30am – 4.30pm.
    Component One is a prerequisite for this course. This course constitutes 12 hours of coursework and CPD.
    Workshop are held online or face-to-face in Hawthorn East, Victoria. Please note, catering is not provided for our face-to-face courses, however there are kitchen facilities available for participant use.
  3. Component Three (Assessment and Evaluation)
    Training for and submission of an assessment of supervision practices, including a self-assessment essay and 50 minute recording of a mock supervised session. As required by AHPRA, this assessment must be submitted within four months of completing Component Two.
    Component One and Two are a prerequisite for this course. This course constitutes of 8-10 hours of coursework and 10 hours of CPD.


Upcoming Course Dates

Enrolment into Component One and Three can commence at any time.

Component Two course dates:

Course dates for a November workshop will be released in June 2023. To be notified of when enrolments are open, please submit your interest here.

Please note, this course is subject to receiving a minimum number of enrolments and conditional to Government restrictions implemented at the time of the course. In the case we are unable to deliver the course face-to-face, the event will be transferred to online delivery. We will email all registered attendees as soon as possible if changes are required. In this case, a free course transfer will also be available to an alternative course date, or a full refund of the course minus any platform ticketing fees.

Our Trainers

Ms Michelle Doolan

Ms Mandy Taylor

Professor Kathryn von Treuer

Further Information


Our course fees are inclusive of GST. Participant materials include a 20-page workbook as well as a certificate of completion.

Component One: $175

Component Two: $750

Component Three: $450

Three Component Discounted Package: $1100 (saving of $275).
Please note that to be eligible for the discounted package full payment must be made upfront, and all components must be completed within 12 months of enrolment in component one. No refunds are available for this package. If you require to alter training dates for component two, you may transfer to an alternate training date, subject to what is available – however the overall 12 month period still applies.

No additional discounts are applicable.


Cairnmillar can offer this or other tailored courses for your organisation’s needs. If you have a group of 10 or more participants, we can come to you. For further information, email the Professional Development Team at or phone 03 9813 3400.

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