Are you feeling "stuck" in your work with a child or teen? Or just want to make sure you are following best evidence based practice? Or perhaps you’d like support working with the most complex of kids/teens/families/difficult situations?
We have some of our most experienced psychologists who offer supervision (by phone, skype or face to face at our offices). This supervision is suitable for psychologists, school counsellors, social workers, youth workers, teachers and others who work professionally with children or teens with mental health concerns. This supervision is either: a) face to face/skype/phone OR b) via our online “professionals only question centre” for professionals working with 5 to 11 year olds. See below for info about both of these options.
a) Face to face/skype/phone supervision
During these supervision sessions we help professionals :
Create case conceptualisations for clients/families to understand what is happening and why
Identify plans for helping tricky kids/teens/families
Identify and develop specific and practical strategies to use in sessions or work with children/teens (including handouts)
Identify and manage their own feelings (frustration, anxiety etc) about work
Develop a plan for self care where necessary
Currently, Kirrilie Smout, Sonia Harrison, Penny Sih, Jacinda Fisher, Sarah Williams and Taryn Gray are available to provide professional supervision. These psychologists have between 8 and 25 years of experience working exclusively with children, teens and families, and are APHRA Board Approved supervisors. We of course don’t have all the answers but enjoy working to develop and support professionals own existing skills in this area.
For more information about our supervisors’ biographies, please click their photos below.
The cost of supervision sessions with Kirrilie is $200 per hour. The cost of supervision with Jacinda, Sonia, Penny, Taryn and Sarah is $150 per hour. (Some workplaces will pay for professional supervision whereas others cover this cost themselves - either way of course we provide you with a tax invoice).
We prefer that supervisees book a minimum of four supervision sessions (ie with sessions at least once a quarter). This enables us to get to know you and your particular areas of challenge and provide the most effective supervision. Please note, depending on their workplace, some supervisees “come with a friend” - in other words, our supervisors can work with two clinicians from the same workplace and discuss the shared issues together.
We usually ask that supervisees prepare for supervision sessions by completing a case conceptualisation template (we will email to you) about at least one child/teen prior to the session. We will cover one (or two children/teens) during each hour of supervision and/or a skill area. This case conceptualisation sheet template is yours to keep and use in the future. We believe it will help you think about clients in a way which will help you plan treatment more clearly.
Please note we can only take limited numbers of supervisees each quarter. If you would like to book a session with one of our supervisors, please email admin@developingminds or call us on 8357 1711 and we can check availability and book in a time.
Online supervision for professionals working with 5 to 11 year olds
If you find it difficult to attend or skype for a full hour supervision, you might like to consider our online supervision forum: www.calmkidpro.com
On this site you can log in to ask questions of our child psychologists on a daily basis. This might be about a resource, tricky therapy situation, approach or other question. Previous questions on our professionals forum include:
How to assist children who are ambivalent about custody arrangements
Resources for working with children on the spectrum
Getting parents of teenagers involved in therapy
Helping children with high levels of activity at school
Calm Kid Central professional membership also includes short videos and resources for you to use with children in the therapy room. For more information about Calm Kid Central for professionals, click here: www.calmkidpro.com