Supervising for clinical skill development, ethical practice, and effective outcomes

Being a Supervisor means having the capacity to engage the supervisee in their own professional development across several aspects of their practice.  Firstly, to facilitate and educate on their clinical skill development, as well as enhancing knowledge of serious social, emotional and psychological issues, and to enact a vicarious duty of care toward their clients and ensure quality therapeutic outcomes and high ethical standards.

Starting in September 2018, Alan Richardson will be delivering a comprehensive online and practice-based training program for therapists looking to develop their supervision skills in-line with the International Association of Process Oriented Psychology Standards for Supervision, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia Supervision Training Standards,  and the Australasian Association of Supervisors membership requirements. The support and presence of colleagues from many parts of the world will provide the best environment to nourish one’s own skill as a supervisor and provide a safe learning space.



Course Outline

The training course will focus on:

  • understanding of Process Work theory and practice within a clinical setting
  • up-to-date clinical skills focussing on the psychological and relational issues commonly presenting in psychotherapy
  • development of an effective supervision relationship that supports knowledge and skill development,
  • enacting a duty of care and ethical capacity for the client within supervision
  • an overview of other current models of supervision and the skills they provide
  • exploration of the emerging research on clinical supervision.

Course Objectives

On successful completion of this course students will:

  • develop and practice process work clinical skills within an array of client issues and processes
  • synthesise theory and experiential understanding of the influence of the ethics of power based relationships both within supervision and therapy, and within the larger world context
  • develop a supervision style with the support of practice and feedback within a collegial setting
  • provide ethically and professionally effective practice in clinical supervision and subsequent therapy
  • engage in critical thinking through the development of a supervision model
  • create a safe, clear, supportive and ethical setting for the therapeutic relationship and for the client.


Training to become a supervisor requires both the acquisition of new knowledge and the development of new skills over time.

Year 1:

  • Weekly online two-hour classes (with break weeks as negotiated) for a total of 24 weeks (a total of 48 hours of training)
  • Practice sessions with other cohort members (recorded on video for supervision and assessment)
  • Practice sessions with supervision clients outside the cohort (also require recording).

Year 2:

  • Online group supervision including peer feedback and review, and additional training sessions responsive to the skills and knowledge development needed (a minimum of 32 hours training)
  • Practice sessions with other cohort members (recorded on video for supervision and assessment)
  • Practice sessions with supervision clients outside the cohort (also require recording).

Over the two years, participants must also:

  • Complete a minimum of 15 hours of supervision-on-supervision practice by a qualified and recognised Supervision Trainer during and post training
  • Provide evidence of 80 hours of supervisory practice over a minimum of two years during and post supervisory training.


Two cohorts will run: one at times suitable for Australian participants starting, the other suitable for European and North American participants.

Each program is limited to a maximum of 12 people to ensure all participants are adequately supported.



Alan Richardson is a psychologist, psychotherapist, educator and supervisor based in Brisbane, Australia.

He is an accomplished therapist and educator who lectures in counselling and supervision subjects within University courses. He has developed an essential approach in ethics-informed practice for both counselling and supervision interventions.  His qualifications/experience includes:

  • Processwork Diplomate
  • Registered Psychologist
  • Accredited Supervisor of Australian Psychologists
  • Supervision-Trainer member of the Australian Association of Supervisors
  • Lecturer of supervision subjects in the Masters of Counselling course at the Queensland University of Technology for 12 years
  • Faculty member of Australia New Zealand Process Oriented Psychology and Process Work Institute India
  • IAPOP Co-President
  • Author of a book chapter on Process-oriented supervision:

(Richardson. A. & Hands, P. (2002). Supervision using Process-oriented Psychology Skills.  In M. McMahon & W. Patton (Eds.), Supervision in the helping professions: A practical guide. Melbourne: Pearson Education Australia.)




To participate in this program, participants will need:


  • a qualification in counselling, psychotherapy or psychology
  • to be working with clients in a therapeutic setting
  • internet access (meeting invitations will be sent to you for each meeting via Zoom)
  • microphone/head-set
  • ability to meet in-person or online with cohort members and video record your practice sessions
  • ability to find practice supervision clients outside the cohort (these sessions need to be video recorded).




The following training and session fees apply:

Year 1: $3,600AUS for the 48 hours of training

Year 2: $2,880AUS for the 32 hours of training

Assessment/supervision of practice videos: $100AUS per session (a minimum of 15 are required during and post-training).


Payment Options

Payment is via PayPal, converted to Australian dollars, with the following payment options:


Year 1:

  • Early bird discount of 10%: $3,240AUS for payment in full by 13 July, 2018
  • Standard fee of $3,600AUS from 14 July, 2018 until course commencement (September 2018)
  • Instalment plan of four payments of $920AUS (includes an administration fee), with payment dates negotiable.


Year 2:

  • Early bird discount of %10: $2,592AUS for payment in full by 15 March, 2019
  • Standard fee of $2,880AUS from 16 March 2019
  • Instalment plan of four payments of $740AUS (includes an administration fee), with payment dates negotiable.


For participants earning incomes in countries with significant economic disparity relative to the Australian dollar, an equitable rate may be negotiated. Please contact the workshop organiser (see below).



Email your application to Alan at outlining:

  • qualifications
  • therapy practice details
  • work/employment history
  • ability access to supervision practice clients
  • professional goals/aspirations and dreams for yourself
  • any dreaming signals supporting you to step into the role of supervisor.



Please direct all queries regarding the course to the organiser, Liz Scarfe:, and all applications to the trainer Alan Richardson: