Re-psycle - Pysichological restructuring

Intern Psychologist Supervision

This page consists of two sections:

Section 1: Moving from an Intern Psychologist to Obtaining Full Registration

Section 2: Training in Drug & Alcohol assessment and treatment methods  with a deliberate focus on group facilitation.

 Please note: This training module is open to any students, counsellors or therapists interested in learning addictions specific assessment & treatment approaches.

Contact Re-psycle for NEW TRAINING DATES.

Dee Why NSW Australia

Section One

Moving from an Intern Psychologist to Obtaining Full Registration

For eligibility for registration as a psychologist in Australia one must;

NSW Psychologists Registration Board(2008) Supervision for Registration Participant Handout, p4.

A third pathway consisting of 5+1 Internship Program is currently being developed by universities & APAC (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council)

Post Graduate Programme

If you are enrolled in a) Post Graduate Programme that is, either a Masters degree (in coursework) or the equivalent part of a doctoral program, you should be provided with training in the professional practice of psychology. This should include full coverage and mastery of the general knowledge and skills required by psychological practitioners as well as knowledge of the area of specialisation in which the program is taught. There should be three main components in the program: coursework, research and practical placement.

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Practical Placements

Practical experience is an important component of the preparation of students for independent professional roles in the clinical/health field. It's essential purpose is to ensure that students have appropriate opportunities to apply, under supervision, the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the education and training program.

APS College Clinical Psychologists (2006) Course Approval Guidelines, p7.


Methods of assessing competence will be via Direct Observation and Discussion / Review. Criteria for signing off on a competency will be specified to the Intern Psychologist before commencing the group process. This criteria will be arrived at in consultation with either the Student’s University Placement Co-ordinator or their primary supervisor.

The Practical placement that is on offer consists of 20 hours group supervision with a Board Approved ‘Secondary Supervisor’ with an additional 10 hours of workshops. See Section Two for placement outline, students may wish to print off for potential approval by your University Placement Co-ordinator. You, or they may wish to contact me on 0415 187 555 for further information.

Approved Supervision Program

Below is brief summary of internship program requirements. These should be read in conjunction with theguidelines set out by the Psychology Board of Australia. See Psychology Board for more information.


Section Training Minimum Requirements




Two Years (3080 hours)
Maximum time to complete is 5 years


Hours of

Ratio of 60 hours per full-time year.  120 hours overall*

*Must be met regardless of how many hours met per date




Board approved workplace settings

Direct client contact 1232 hours


Method of

66% must be individual face to face with an approved supervisior

33% maximum of group supervision

25% maximum of secondary supervision


Frequency of

176 hours overall with 117 hours of individual supervision

Ratio of 1 hour supervision to 17.5 hrs of supervised practice*

1 hour per week of supervision*

1 hour per fortnight of individual supervision*

*Must be met regardlss of how many hours met to date. 



By an approved supervisor of the supervisee

conducting 2 assessments and two interventions

every six months on clients inan approved workplace




Achieve proficiency in 8 core capabilities

meeting specific training objectives and assessment tasks

including 6 written case studies of approx 2500 words each


practice plan

Must be submitted with formal position description and

approved by the Board before time spent in the role(s) can

be counted. Changes in work roles require a new plan and

formal position description to be submitted and approved by

the Board. The principal supervisor must be a recognised

supervisor. Nomiating a secondary supervisor is mandatory.

8.1 Log books

Must contain a daily record of practice, record of

professional development and record of supervision



Must be submitted every 6 months irrespective of whether

the work role is full or part-time, or leave from the program

has been taken. Must be submitted within 28 days of due date.



Must be completed by the outgoing supervisor within 14

days and provided to the new supervisor and the Board by

the provisional psychologist for approval within 28 days.


Assessment of

Principal supervisor completes Assessment of capabilities

forms and approves and co-signs 3 case studies for

submission to the Board.


Case study

A provisional psychologist must write 6 case studies

during the internship program of which 3 of these must

be submitted with an application for general registration.


Section two


Training in Drug & Alcohol assessment and treatment methods with a deliberate focus on group facilitation

The Supervision placement that is on offer consists of 20 hours group supervision with a Board Approved ‘Secondary Supervisor’ with an additional 10 hours of workshops.

10 individual workshops on D&A assesment methods, treatment methods and referral sources.

20 hours of various experiential group treatment approaches incorporating CBT, Motivational interviewing, Yallom interpersonal psychotherapy and Relapse prevention modules).

2 Organisational visits to D&A treatment centres: One short-term AHS accredited private facility and one long-term government funded facility.


With the release of the NSW government’s Drug and Alcohol Plan 2006-2010, it was recognized that treatment approaches which integrate Mental Health Services with Drug and Alcohol services are indisputably needed across the state. Hence a $17.6 Million commitment was pledged in the plan. The document goes on to say that “Addictions medicine will be a highly valued specialty within the medical framework.” (NSW DoH, 2007).

The American Psychological Association offers The Certificate of Proficiency in the treatment of Alcohol and other psychoactive substances which serves as a uniform national credential offered exclusively to licensed psychologists.

In 2005, a training protocol was developed by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, titled Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy (A Treatment Improvement Protocol).

The protocol informs best practice approaches in dual diagnosis using group therapy. Interestingly, the private health sector in NSW has been treating dual-diagnosis clients for many years, typically through group psychotherapy.

Stein, (1960) provides an adequate definition of Group Psychotherapy, as a method of treating mental and emotional disturbance, in which the therapist fosters the establishment of relationships between group members, encouraging the development of interaction through facilitation of verbal and non-verbal communication.

The American protocol has been thoroughly researched by a multitude of clinical stakeholders and it’s best practice approaches will underpin the framework of the placement being offered here.

A Prominent component of the placement will be experiential learning, and as described in the American Protocol (2005),
“For the therapist in training, the experience of being in a group is particularly important for both the development of skills and the level of comfort with one’s developing leadership style. Whether this experience is acquired through a process group (or a) supervision group, experiential opportunities afford leaders not only insight into their personal growth, but a first-person appreciation for the healing power of group therapy.”

For more information please contact Melinda Lake via this site, or Ph: 0415-187-555.

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (2005) Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 41 Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 05-3991. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

NSW Department of Health (2007) A Plan for the NSW Health Drug and Alcohol Program. Drug and Alcohol Plan 2006-2010.

Stein, A. (1963). The training of the group psychotherapist. In M. Rosenbaum & M. Berger (Eds.), Group Psychotherapy and Group Function. New York: Basic Books.

Contact Us

For all enquiries or feedback please contact Melinda either by phone or email provided below. All information and enquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

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mob: 0415 187 555