Supervision Training Courses

Why supervision training?

Professional/Clinical Supervision is an essential safeguard for clients, a support for counsellors and a process through which practitioners can develop their skill and competence. 

A competent Professional/Clinical Supervisor should be able to conduct supervision sessions using various supervision interventions, provide effective evaluation and feedback to supervisees, as well as address the ethical and legal considerations of supervision.

This accredited training course is designed to provide Supervision training for supervisors in the mental health profession or where supervisors need training to manage staff.

Certificate of Attainment in Supervision Training Program

The RISE UP training program is a three-day workshop with a pre-course study requirement.

The RISE UP training program covers all the competencies that are required as a component of eligibility for membership to the premiere College of Supervisors, a professional College of specialists under the Australian Counselling Association Inc. (ACA)

The RISE UP training program is considered an advantage for advanced social work mental health practitioners or psychologists applying for further professional standing.

Venues and Dates 2020:

Balgowlah, Sydney:

Course 1: February 21-23, 2020 (9am - 5pm each day) FULL
Course 2: May 15-17, 2020 (9am - 5pm each day) 
Course 3: August 28-30, 2020 (9am - 5pm each day) This course will be a new course awarding a Certificate in Group and Individual Supervision.  Please email for further details.

Your Presenters:

Dr Rebecca Braid

Dr Rebecca Braid is a PhD qualified, mental health accredited social worker, and a member of the Australian College of Social Workers.  She has 35 years of experience as a social worker, with 25 of those years in private practice. 

Rebecca has been supervising social workers, healthcare professionals, managers, business owners and clergy for many years. 

She has completed the Certificate of Attainment in Supervision training course and holds the license to present the training course.

Tony Wroe

Tony Wroe BT&D, has extensive experience as a trainer, implementing behavioural change in corporate environments, major government departments and local municipal councils.  He has also been involved in organisations at a pastoral care level for 34 years. 

Tony holds a GradDipCounselling and has recently completed a Masters of Counselling. 

Tony is currently working in private practice and has done so for three years, and is a member of the Australian Counselling Association.


It is recommended that anyone undertaking this course has a minimum of two years supervised practice experience in counselling, social work, psychology, nursing, education or similar.

A version of the course is also available for delivery to NGOs with group discount rates.

Learning Outcomes for RISE UP graduates:

The RISE UP training program will enable the graduate to (as a minimum):

  • Define the role of a Clinical Supervisor
  • Identify the goals of supervision
  • Describe the supervisory relationship
  • Demonstrate the skills required for conducting diverse supervision interventions
  • Provide effective evaluation
  • Have knowledge of the different models of supervision
  • Present effectual feedback to supervisees
  • Successfully undertake a variety of supervisor administration tasks
  • Address the ethical and legal considerations of supervision
  • Understand Best Practice in Supervision

RISE UP Course Outline

The RISE UP training program includes two components:

  1. 24 hours of face-to-face training over three days.  This includes a 60-minute real-time non-role play formal assessment.
  2. 40+ hours of pre-workshop study including reading the textbook "Practice of Clinical Supervision" 2017 Edition, and completion of a questionnaire. 

Topics Covered

Your facilitators are certified RISE UP trainers and industry leading professionals with many years’ experience in supervision and training. They will guide you through the following topics during the three-day workshop:

  • Theory of Supervision
  • Best Practice
  • What is Professional Supervision?
  • What skills does a professional supervisor need?
  • What will be covered in a session of professional supervision?
  • What are the different settings and forms for professional supervision?
  • What are the Supervisor and Supervisee’s responsibilities?
  • Legal and Risk management issues in the Allied Health Industry
  • Legislation
  • Frontline management professional supervision
  • Issues in applying Professional Supervision
  • Resistant supervisees
  • Armstrong Model
  • Note taking and record keeping
  • Mental Health Issues and Supervision
  • Transference potential
  • Stress, Anxiety, Conflict and potential Burnout

All participants will receive a comprehensive manual on Day 1 of the course. 

RISE UP Pre-course Training

As part of their pre-course study, each student will be required to purchase and read the academic text The Practice of Clinical and Counselling Supervision", 2017 ed Pelling and Armstrong, Australian Academic Press. This text lays the foundation for the three day workshop. Specialist areas of social work practice will be provided for in an upcoming digital chapter of this text (release date to be confirmed)
Copies can be ordered directly from the publisher

Mandatory Questionnaire

Students will be required to complete a 44 question questionnaire relating to the contents of the textbook.  This is a mandatory requirement as it provides each student with a broad theoretical understanding of the different settings and theories of Supervision.  It is recommended that students allocate at least two weeks (or a minimum of 40 hours) to read the text and answer the questionnaire.  The successful completion of the questionnaire is required before the student can move onto the face to face course phase.

RISE UP Training Program Delivery

All RISE UP course leaders hold formal qualifications in Training and Assessment or similar, Supervision and Counselling.  Your RISE UP training program will be delivered over three days, or over subsequent Fridays, depending on the course chosen, by an experienced registered supervisor who is also a certified RISE UP trainer.

The first day focuses primarily on theory and is spent working through the RISE UP workshop manual.

Day 2 begins with viewing and critiquing of a Supervision session. This is followed by a practice session working through scenarios from the workshop manual in triads. After a supervision case study of a Royal Commission client, the afternoon is then spent with students assessing and supervising 30-minute sessions in triads, as preparation for the final day assessment phase.

This is your formal assessment day where each student rotates through a triad rotating through the three positions of Supervisor, Assessor and Supervisee. Each position is completed over a 60 minutes period.

RISE UP Training Philosophy

There are no role plays in the RISE UP training program. Our philosophy is that you can’t learn the real from the unreal.   All students are to bring real and relevant issues for supervision to the workshop. Revisiting an old issue that you still dwell on is also fine. The assessment phase is the perfect opportunity to discuss a real supervision issue in safety outside your usual work environment.  Please ensure that the issues are of a nature that you would discuss with your supervisor and not personal counselling issues. 
Using the text and completing the questionnaire will give you a good indication of the scope of the issues that you may choose to bring.

Professional Recognition:

The RISE UP Certificate of Attainment in Professional Supervision is recognised by the following organisations:

  • Australian Counselling Association (10 points of OPD and 6 hours of supervision)
  • Australian Association of Social Workers (24 hours of CPD)
  • Australian Hypnotherapy Association
  • Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists
  • Association of Psychotherapists & Counsellors (Singapore)
  • Philippines Association of Guidance Counsellors
  • Counsellors Victoria
  • Professional Counselling Association NSW/ACT
  • South Australian Psychotherapy & Counselling Association






Venues and Dates:

Balgowlah, Sydney:

Course 1: February 21-23, 2020 (9am - 5pm each dayFULL
Course 2: May 15-17, 2020 (9am - 5pm each day)
Course 3: August 28-30, 2020 (9am - 5pm each day)  This course will be a new course awarding a Certificate in Group and Individual Supervision.  Please email for further details.

A gourmet morning and afternoon tea will be supplied. BYO lunch or purchase from the many shops in the area.

Course Cost: $990 (incl GST)

Course participants will need to purchase and read "The Practice of Clinical Supervision", Australian Academic Press to meet pre-course reading and assessments criteria. The book can be purchased directly from the publisher HERE

Courses can be organised for regional areas for groups of 9 or 12 participants.

Refunds & Cancellations

Eden Therapy Services will refund 75% of your payment for refunds requested prior to 14 days before the booked workshop, 50% of payment for cancellations within 7 days of the workshop, no refund for cancellations within 48 hours of workshops or non-attendance.  Changes to the date a course is attended is permissible once only, within the same calendar year that the course has been booked, upon request in writing, and subject to availability in other courses.