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Supervision for 

Provisional Psychologists

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Provisional Psychologist require supervision for each of the pathways to registrations. The three pathways to registration are 4+2 (now retired), 5+1 or higher degree.

Psychologists re-joining the profession following a period of time off require supervision as part of their re-entry program.  If you have not practised as a psychologist or provisional psychologist for five years or more, you are not automatically eligible for general registration or renewal.

 

Psychologist with overseas-qualified require supervision as part of their transitional program applicants. 

Supervision for
Registered Psychologists

Once a psychologist has completed their formal supervised training and are registered, they are required to engage in discussion about issues arising in their practice as part of their ongoing continuing professional development (CPD). This may be peer supervision or formal supervision.

 

Registered psychologist can also seek supervision as part of a registrar program leading to an area of practice endorsement (AoPE).  To be eligible to apply for endorsement, you must have an approved qualification accredited at sixth year or higher in one of the nine approved areas of practice, hold general registration as a psychologist, and you must complete a period of Board-approved supervised practice through the registrar program.

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Supervision with Kirsten

  • As an Ed & Dev endorsed psychologist, Kirsten offers specific knowledge and expertise in the child and adolescent space in private practice.

  • Kirsten provides guidance in case formulation and managing your case load, whether this is in your own practice, working in schools or other sectors, or a combination of both.

  • She offers advice when it comes to paperwork,  report writing, file management and administration.

  • Finally, Kirsten provide a supportive and confidential space to discuss client issues, ethical dilemmas and tricky situations.

"“We work hard together, but it's also about connection and forming an alliance.  Openness, honesty and vulnerability are the key to growth and it's my job to provide an environment where you feel safe to step into discomfort.” – Kirsten

MEMBERSHIPS & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registered Psychologist with Development Psychology Endorsement

  • AHPRA registered Primary & Secondary Supervisor

  • Master of Developmental Psychology (University of Melbourne)

  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

  • Member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPI)

 

Recent PD includes:

  • ADDICTIONS & COMPLEX MENTAL HEALTH: Healing the whole family with a Systems approach to supporting impacted individuals & families

  • ADHD in Adults: Diagnosis, Impairments and Management with Russell Barkley, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Gabor Maté on Addiction: From Heroin to Workaholism - A Biopsychosocial Perspective.

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Supervision to Prevent
Burnout in Psychologists

Kirsten has a special interest in preventing burnout in psychologists and provisional psychologists.  A part of supervision therefore includes checking in on how you are going.  Providing a safe space to discuss the challenges faced by the profession and an opportunity to download in a judgement free environment.

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  • Burnout is very common in psychology.

  • How are you managing your stress?

  • Do you feel you can take breaks and holidays?

  • Is the work you are doing provide meaning / purpose?

  • Do you have adequate support in your workspace or do you need a space outside of your work to discuss some of your frustrations without worrying that this could impact your current employment.

  • Are you taking care of yourself, your family and friends, not just your clients?

"Despite the low numbers of COVID-19 cases, mental healthcare workers in Australia report significant levels of psychological distress and professional burnout during the pandemic."

Source: Northwood K, Siskind D, Suetani S, McArdle P. An assessment of psychological distress and professional burnout in mental health professionals in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic. Australasian Psychiatry. 2021;29(6):628-634. doi:10.1177/10398562211038906

 

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