2-Day Skills Training Workshop

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Our primary goal, consistent with the literature on effective supervision, is to establish the importance of the supervisory alliance and assist participants in their integration of the knowledge and skills to establish and maintain a strong alliance with supervisees. Learning outcomes include:

  • Demonstrate and develop essential skills and processes in supervision,
  • Develop an awareness of supervisory issues and a problem-solving approach to enhance supervisory effectiveness,
  • Develop and encourage a professional and ethical supervisory style and professional identity, and
  • Develop and encourage self-evaluation of supervisory effectiveness, and provide a knowledge base relevant to supervisory practice.


Training Methodology

The workshop will contain a relatively small amount of didactic presentation, interspersed with Socratic and experiential methods. The latter will include both modelling of supervisory interactions (both in vivo and with pre-prepared DVD’s), and participant role plays (small group and fishbowl). Participants will also be required to do some preparatory reading before attending the workshop.



The overall story arc of the 2-day workshop will, based on the literature, emphasise the importance of the supervisory alliance. This will be the overall scaffold underlying all the sections of the workshop; which will tie back into the previously discussed central aim of the workshop. The workshop will begin with discussion of the supervisory alliance, models of supervision (including developmental, systems and relationship models) and the roles and characteristics of the supervisor required to provide effective supervision. The sub-sections of the workshop will include: contracting and supervision formats, ethics, capabilities, methods of supervision, evaluation and feedback, common problems in supervision, and supervisor self-awareness and self-care.


Presentation Method

All workshops are face-face, in mid-sized groups of between 20 – 36 participants. Participants will be encouraged to do pre-training reading, but all content will be covered in the workshops. No skills training will be done online, although some examples of skills demonstrations may be put online.


Evaluation of the Workshop

Each workshop will be directly evaluated by means of an Attendee Satisfaction Survey.