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Featured Course - Clinical Leadership and Supervision (PSYC8191)

Professor Nancy Pachana teaches leadership, mentorship and supervision skills to our clinical psychology postgraduate students

Clinical Leadership and Supervision (PSYC8191)

Why should you take this course?

If you are planning on becoming a clinical psychologist, being able to provide authentic, ethical and skills-building supervision is a critical tool in the workplace. Often associated skills of leadership and mentorship are not taught routinely in postgraduate clinical training, but these skills are also offered as part of this capstone course in our clinical postgraduate training degrees.

This course will help you understand the career benefits of mentoring and being mentored, master best practice with respect to providing and receiving clinical supervision, and begin to make a roadmap towards assuming leadership roles within organisations. As a capstone course, it offers a high levels integrative topics that you can develop expertise in:

  • The ability to contract for and also deliver high quality, ethical, best-practice clinical supervision
  • Strategies to build effective peer and clinical mentoring networks
  • Understanding of skills required to move into leadership positions within the workplace and the importance of professional leadership roles
  • Integrating this knowledge with understanding interdisciplinary team treatment processes and empirical evidence-base across settings and populations – an important skill in the current healthcare environment

What will you learn?

Most of my current clinical work is in interdisciplinary teams, and I have a long history of mentoring within healthcare settings as well as the university environment, with a particular emphasis on supporting early career and women and promotion strategies. In this course there is an opportunity to interact with senior clinicians from a range of disciplines including internationally known mentoring and leadership experts in the field.

This course will help you develop skills in:

  • Clinical supervision – both providing and receiving
  • Building mentoring networks
  • Understanding theory and practice of leadership in clinical settings
  • Appreciating the empirical literature around interdisciplinary teams and psychology’s role within such teams across settings

What do students typically like about this course?

Students in clinical programs are often focused early in their learning on skill acquisition, but need to move in the latter stages of their courses to appreciate the skills required to work effectively with other health disciplines, understand the ethical and empirical best practice literature and processes involved in giving and receiving supervision, and begin to explore building solid mentoring relationships and understand the nature of effective clinical leadership.

What do I like about teaching this course?

I like sharing my enthusiasm about growing into professional roles, and collaborating for best clinical outcomes with colleagues from a range of disciplines. This course gives me the chance to link my own experience of the benefits of clinical supervision and mentorship to early career psychologists to the literature and translate that into activities and learning exercises to increase students’ competence in these areas.

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