Year
2021
Units
4.5
Contact
2 x 8-hour intensive workshops per semester
Prerequisites
4 of MHSC8018, MHSC8019, MHSC8020, MHSC8021
Assumed knowledge
Students are expected to be working within a health, social care or clinical setting and be engaged in a clinical supervision model as a supervisee.
Assessment
Assignment(s); Test(s); Tutorial participation.
Topic description

Clinical supervision has become increasingly recognised as contributing to the development of practitioners and improving quality of care. Clinical governance targets for many health care organisations stipulate that clinical supervision should be available to all clinical staff that co-ordinate and/or deliver care. Clinical supervision is a practice focused, professional relationship involving a clinician reflecting on practice guided by a skilled supervisor.

It provides a basis for health professionals to develop skills in clinical supervision frameworks. This topic will include the following areas to increase knowledge and experience: supervision principles and ground rules; differentiating clinical from management supervision; safeguarding staff and service users via supervision; supervision competency framework; supervisory relationships; developing case formulations and practice via supervision; theoretical and learning models in supervision; documenting clinical supervision; the supervisory relationship; methods used in supervision; reflective practice; self-development; and providing and receiving feedback in supervision.

Educational aims

This topic aims to offer students the knowledge and competencies that contribute to and build a sound clinical supervisory framework for professionals working with people experiencing difficulties with psychological disorders. The topic covers several areas: individual case management aspects of supervision, individual clinical supervision, and group supervision. This is normally designed to be applied within the delivery of focused psychological therapies but is easily adapted to using psychological therapy principles to inform supervision practice in any health or related social care setting. Additional aims will be to examine effective models of supervision, competencies for clinical supervisees and supervisors within cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) framework, peer evaluation and reflective practice techniques and processes.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Recognise and engage in clinical supervision guided by a competency-based framework
  2. Demonstrate competencies in reflective practice techniques, peer evaluation methods and accountability in clinical practice
  3. Show fidelity to a clinical supervision framework using psychological therapy principles to inform assessment and treatment interventions within health and social care settings
  4. Develop and apply clinical supervision methods across a continuum of practice