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Supervision – Externships, Internships and College

Functions of supervision
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Professional Supervision

DJM Psychological Services provides professional supervision to psychologists, social workers, counsellors, welfare workers, teachers and other health/ care/ education professionals.
Professional supervision involves regular meetings with an independent supervisor who has the training, experience, skills and knowledge to help you to:
-Review your work practices and discuss specific clients’ you work with
-Explore your feelings around work (such as excitement, frustration, anxiety, discouragement)
-Receive objective feedback and guidance related to work issues and decisions you’re making
-Identify and plan for self-care if necessary
-Develop or strengthen key professional skills (e.g. time management, problem-solving, managing relationships with others, avoiding procrastination)
-Obtain ideas and information on areas such as competence, ethics, standards, etc. that can contribute to your professional development.


Do I need professional supervision?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you would benefit from regular professional supervision.
-Are you a psychologist, case worker, social worker, youth worker, welfare worker, school principal, teacher or other human services worker who provides direct support services to clients in need?
-Are you a Coordinator of a Psychology Internship/ externship Program for Provisional Psychologists enrolled in a University Registration Pathway?
-Do you manage and supervise teams of human services personnel or other allied health professionals?
-Do you need independent supervision outside of your workplace supervision to better review and reflect on your work?
-Do you feel stressed and burnt out by your work?
-Are you a provisionally registered psychologist who needs to find a STAP (Supervisor Training and Accreditation Program) accredited supervisor?


Benefits of professional supervision

Supervision is about taking care of yourself, and becoming more self-aware and skilled. Access to good professional supervision ensures:
-Better job satisfaction
-Better workplace relationships with coworkers
-Better service delivery to clients
-Better management of workplace stress
-Reduced risk of burnout and vicarious traumatisation.


Why choose Cared4 by DJM Psychological Services for professional supervision?

DJM Psychological Services has professional supervisors with extensive experience in:
-Providing direct psychological services to a diverse range of clients in government, non-government and private organisations
-Providing professional supervision to human services personnel and allied health professionals employed in a wide range of work settings
-Team leadership and management of multidisciplinary teams
-University Course Development, Coordination, and Delivery
-Service development and evaluation
-STAP (Supervisor Training and Accreditation Program) trained supervisors for provisionally registered psychologists.


How do I organise professional supervision for myself or an employee?

If you are interested in arranging supervision for yourself or another member of your organisation, please call us on 1300367664 or fill out our online form and we’ll contact you.

Some workplaces pay for an employee’s professional supervision. Contact your HR department, work supervisor or manager to discuss support option from your organisation.

If you pay for your own supervision you may be able to claim the cost as a work-related expense when you lodge your annual income tax return.


Options to attend supervision

In person

You can make an appointment to see one of our professional supervisors in person at our offices located in Katoomba, Blue Mountains.


Online Supervision via Zoom or Skype

If you can’t make it into our office due to time or distance constraints, we also offer supervision online using Zoom or Skype to conduct a live video call.

This method of supervision is similar to what you experience in an office-based session and is just as effective.


Debra Mainwaring utilises the 7 eyed model of supervision

  1. Hi
    I will be graduating soon from my Honours in Psychology. I am having trouble finding a supervisor and as I may be working in a rural/remote location, I am hoping to be able to Skype.
    Can you please give me an idea of how much you charge for your services. I would be working full-time for a Govt. department that doesn’t provide supervision. I would be working 35 hours a week, so I imagine that means 4x long fortnightly sessions. I will be a 4+2 Intern.
    Can you provide any details on the likelihood of being able to claim supervision costs back as a workplace exspense?
    Kind regards,

    • Suzie » Dear Suzie,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      I would imagine that your accountant could claim back supervision as part of your training requirements.
      I charge $90 per hour for long term supervision but I am only offering this to postgraduates at the moment as I have found the 4 + 2 process too stressful for supervisees as AHPRA are extremely slow with feedback.
      I have a colleague called Charmaine Daly on the Sunshine Coast who may help you.
      Good Luck


  2. Hello,

    One of my colleagues at Sunnybank Private Hospital was recently in communication with Jacqueline Murray and has directed me to your organisation regarding your offering of psychology internships.

    I have recently graduated from a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours(2A), and am extremely interested in finding a position that will enable me to apply for my provisional registration and begin supervised practice. I have a particular interest in Mindfulness based practices and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and how they can be applied to depression and anxiety in both children and adults.

    My present position is that of Anaesthetic Technician in the operating theatre; a position I have held in numerous facilities in both adult and children’s hospitals for over 14 years.

    I was unable to find a way to upload my C.V., but would be more than happy to provide it to you should you wish.

    I thank you for your time, and look forward to hearing from you.

    Yours sincerely, Karen Arnold.

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