Competency – Based Supervision


 This workshop introduces participants to the competency-based model of clinical supervision that has now been widely adopted across the globe for professional training.  Each of the main competency domains within supervision is described, and interactive exercises show participants how to address the development of competency domains within regular supervisory practice.  Key elements of clinical supervision are incorporated into the workshop, including how to build a strong supervisory relationship, and techniques for encouraging reflective practice.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the principles underlying effective supervision within a competency-based approach to supervision
  • Demonstrate skills in: creating a safe supervisory relationship, setting goals in supervision, using reflective practice to build effective supervisee skills and values, providing feedback and use of evaluation in supervision


The workshop utilises adult learning principles:

  • Pre-reading of key readings and preparation of reflective material from participant’s own supervisory experience (one page Notable Incident)
  • Discussion of participants workshop goals and relevant previous experience 
  • Small group discussions of key concepts
  • Interactive didactic presentation of evidence-based content
  • Live demonstrations
  • Experiential peer group activities
  • Larger group reflections of key content and learnings from exercises

Workshop Description

Day One

  • Introduction to competency-based models for clinical supervision
  • Blending competency models with other supervision models
  • Building the framework for safe and productive supervisory practice
  • Setting competency-based supervision goals

Day Two

  • Addressing attitudes and values competencies explicitly
  • Tools for building knowledge competencies within supervision
  • Tools for building skills competencies
  • Broadening the competency lens: meta-competencies

Day Three

  • Tools for reflective practice
  • Providing feedback in supervision
  • Managing difficulties in supervision
  • Evaluation in supervision
  • Workshop evaluation

Workshop Leader – Mark Donovan

Mark Donovan is a Clinical Psychologist who specialised in Supervision as well as child and family work for over 25 years in Australia and the United Kingdom. He teaches and supervises the clinical psychology program at the University of Wollongong and is the director and supervisor of Northfield Clinic. He is the lead-trainer and partner of the Reflective Supervision Team.

Mark has previously worked in University and Health Service settings in the United Kingdom and Australia. Mark has trained supervisors for the Australian Psychological Society over the past five years as a Board-Approved trainer, delivering workshops on competency-based clinical supervision.  Mark has run workshops in Singapore over the past two years to a range of local practitioners. Mark enjoys bringing workshop materials to life through interactive discussions, live demonstrations and skills practice.

When & Where

  • 7 – 9 Nov (Thu – Sat)
  • 9 am to 5 pm
  • Venue : NTU@One North [Buona Vista]


  • $1200  Super Early Bird  [Before 7 Jul]
  • $1300  Early Bird                [Before 7 Sep]
  • $1400  Normal                     [From 7 Sep]



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Approved by SAC

  • CPD 21 credit