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Mental Health Clinical Supervision Program Online

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Developed and delivered by the Discipline of Psychiatry at Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney, and open to all health professionals for continuing professional development.

Want high quality supervision and guidance for your practice in mental health? Join this innovative, cost effective and convenient online supervision program at the University of Sydney!

The Mental Health Clinical Supervision Program is designed to support mental health professionals such as psychologists, clinical psychologists, GPs, psychiatrists, psychiatry registrars, social workers, mental health nurses and counsellors in their clinical practice.

With a membership in the Program, you will be able to:

  • Submit up to six clinical cases in every 90-day period for supervision
  • Receive detailed written responses and instructions from your supervisors
  • Access a wide range of cases submitted by your peer supervisees
  • Join live online conferences and learn about interesting topics highlighting the Program
  • Download and watch recordings of past web conferences at your convenience
  • Save 10% off regular price when enrolling in any Psychiatry courses

Importance of Supervision

Supervision aims to support mental health professionals in their clinical practice through enhancing their skills and knowledge along with encouraging reflection of their own practice. The Program will help you deliver a high quality professional service to your patients or clients and advance as a leader and/or an expert in your organisation. It provides the opportunity for reflection and processing of the your personal beliefs, attitudes and feelings about your practice and your patients or clients, as well as allowing for discussion of therapeutic challenges, diagnostic uncertainties and ethical considerations.

In this way, supervision enhances the your capacity to practice in ways that promote good mental health for yourself and reduce the risk of professional burnout. Ultimately, your participation in the Program will ensure that therapy is being delivered in a safe, effective and ethical manner, thus protecting and maximally benefiting your patients or clients.

Advantages of Online Supervision

Convenience. If supervision is not provided through your workplace, finding the time to receive it can be difficult and often inconvenient. You may need to take time off work, or if you require supervision outside of normal work hours, finding a supervisor available at that time may be a challenge. Added to this are the additional hassles of getting to supervision, such as travel time, dealing with peak hour traffic and looking and/or paying for parking. The online supervision program is extremely convenient in that you may upload or access posts from your home or office at any time of the day or week.

Access. Particularly for clinicians working in remote or rural areas, access to appropriate supervision is often very restricted. Online supervision overcomes these geographical barriers.

Quality. Not all supervisors are created equal and the quality of supervision can vary widely between supervisors. The supervisors involved in the Program are academics from the University of Sydney highly skilled in their field with extensive clinical and supervisory experience, giving you confidence that you are receiving quality supervision.

Cost effective. One hour of face-to-face clinical supervision typically costs upwards of $200 and it is estimated that only around two to three cases would be discussed in a single session. The online supervision program provides access to supervision for up to six cases over a 90-day period. In addition, the online forums and Q & A webinars provide the opportunity to access the supervisors' responses to a broad range of clinical cases and issues (with new cases uploaded every week), far exceeding what would be available through face-to-face individual or group supervision formats.

Professional development requirements. Supervision is a mandatory requirement for maintenance of professional registration and membership bodies within Australia (e.g., Psychology Board of Australia, Australian Psychological Society). Participation in online supervision will contribute towards your registration requirements.

Receiving Supervision Online

Enrolment into the Program is for a 90-day period. During this period, you will receive supervision in a new and innovative format comprising three components:

  • Individual clinical feedback. You will have the opportunity to describe your clinical cases, issues or therapeutic challenges in an online discussion forum. Your experienced supervisors will carefully review each post in the forum and provide individually tailored feedback that will be emailed to your inbox as well as posted to the forum.
  • Online community. The program gives you an excellent gateway to knowledge and information shared by your supervisors and other members. You will not only receive feedback about your cases, but also have great exposure to a very wide range of clinical problems featured in your peer supervisees' cases. There will be also a social chat and general discussion forum where members can network with each other and organise local meet-up groups.
  • Online Q & A webinar. Once a month, one of your supervisors will be conducting a question and answer session targeting specific clinical questions and interesting topics highlighting the Program. These once a month sessions will be delivered via an online webinar providing you the flexibility to join at your personal location/setting and either at the live broadcast or at your own convenience at a later time.

Areas of Supervision

The areas of supervision in the Program are broad, covering themes including:

  • Diagnosis
  • Case formulation
  • Treatment
  • Self-reflection
  • Ethical issues

Treatments covered include:

  • Behavioural interventions (e.g., imaginal and in vivo exposure, exposure plus response prevention, behavioural activation, reward systems)
  • Cognitive interventions (e.g., identification of causal thoughts, core beliefs and schemas, cognitive restructuring, attention training, behavioural experiments)
  • Pharmacological interventions (e.g., selection and implementation of appropriate medications, withdrawing medications, interaction and side-effects)

The Program will not cover the entire spectrum of mental disorders, but will focus on the following conditions:

  • Personality disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Unipolar depression
  • Panic disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Social anxiety disorder (formerly Social Phobia)
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Generalised anxiety disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Specific phobia
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Illness anxiety disorder (formerly hypochondriasis)
  • Hoarding disorder
  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Non-diagnostic issues including stress, shyness and low self-esteem

Program Access

Details of your student login and how to access the Program will be sent by a separate email from the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney within three business days of your enrolment. If there is an outstanding amount owing on this enrolment, login details will not be sent until payment has been received. Please contact the program manager Richard He if you have any enquires about program access and technical issues.

Discount for Training Courses

As a member of the Program, you will save 10% off the regular price when enrolling in any Psychiatry courses. Your discount will be activated within 24-72 hours. Once your discount has been activated, we’ll send you an email confirming your discount is in place. To ensure you receive your discount for any further Psychiatry courses, please ensure you wait until you receive our confirmation before attempting to enrol. To access the discount, please also make sure that you use the exact same name and email address for the new enrolment as for your membership of the Program.

Disclaimer

Any clinical comments and feedback given during the Program are general in nature and not for any specific patient or client. Clinical commentary is provided solely on the basis of limited and unverified information provided by students in the Program and is intended for educational purposes only. All students should exercise their own clinical judgement as practitioners when dealing with their patients or clients and only use the information and comments given during this Program as a reference.

Free Webinars

Still can’t decide if the Program is right for you? Join our monthly webinars as a guest for free and listen to the supervisors' discussion on a wide range of cases submitted by members of the Program.

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion