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Ms Christine Senediak

christineChristine Senediak is a Snr. Clinical Psychologist with nearly 30 years of clinical experience and over 25 years of providing clinical supervision.  She has worked in hospital, community and private practice settings with individuals and families, in cross cultural mental health and most recently as coordinator of education programs in family therapy, child and adolescent mental health and in coordinating clinical supervision programs at the NSWIOP. She teaches widely in these areas and provides consultation and supervision to individuals and a number of private and public health institutions.  She has a strong interest in the systemic factors that impact on the delivery of clinical services and is interested in the use of self and systems in clinical practice and supervision. 

Effective clinical supervision: making supervision work for supervisor and supervisee

Supervision is identified as an integral part of professional development providing a forum for staff development, quality clinical management and self-care.  Supervisors must possess a range of skills, knowledge and experience within their clinical speciality and be able to enhance skills, knowledge and confidence in those they supervise.  This workshop covers information on how to establish, maintain and evaluate clinical supervision sessions considering the organisational culture and context.  This model uses a reflective practice framework in understanding and providing feedback to the clinician.  In addition, this model enables clinicians to draw on existing knowledge and skills and to think creatively and systemically in their work with the client.  This workshop will extend on the ‘use of self’ in supervision and systemic factors whilst drawing on transgenerational patterns in clinical presentations. 

Ms Elisabeth Shaw

Elisabeth Shaw BA (Hons) MCFT; M. Mgt; M. Prof.Ethics is a counselling psychologist specialising in systemic therapy (relationships, families and workplace teams). In addition she consults to individuals and teams across diverse industry groups in the public and private sectors, as well as providing leadership/executive development and also ethical development coaching. Over the last fifteen years she has been increasingly working with ethics and moral philosophy in a range of ways: teaching ethics in counselling and psychotherapy programs, supervising at the St James Ethics Centre, participating on ethics committees for a number of professional associations, and in writing a column on ethics in practice called "Sacred Cows and Sleeping Dogs" for the journal Psychotherapy in Australia. She has published articles in areas of clinical practice as well as in supervision/consultation, ethics and teaching practice. She is the co-editor (with Jim Crawley) of Couple Therapy in Australia; Issues Emerging from Practice (Psychoz, 2007) and the co-author (with Dr. Michael Carroll) of Ethical Maturity in the Helping Professions; Making Difficult Decisions in Life and Work, Psychoz (2012). 

The philosophy and pragmatics of ethics in supervision

Supervisors are required to lead by example (modeling, mentoring, influencing) such that supervisees stay ethically robust in their work, fostering practice wisdom and ethical maturity. At times, supervisors are also working with people who struggle in this regard, indeed supervisors may also struggle themselves. This workshop will focus on the philosophical underpinnings of ethical engagement and research on why people transgress or become ethically impaired. The key role that supervisors play in clinical governance will be explored, with specific reference to balancing on the clinical support/management tightrope. Consideration will be given to interventions for impaired practitioners, such as when to train and when to performance manage, when to support and when to report. These are very difficult areas of practice, and supervisors may find themselves in the front line of change but insufficiently prepared or supported to follow through and still be standing in the end. This workshop will be an opportunity to prepare and pre-empt, and/or reflect on past experience with a view to enhancing competency in these difficult areas.

foleysSue Foley

B.Soc.Studs, Ma, MSW, M.Ed, is a senior social worker in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Childrens Hospital at Westmead.  where clinical supervision and tele education is a central aspect of the child and adolescent psychological medicine tele psychiatry outreach service (CAPTOS)

Beyond face to face models of clinical supervision: An exploration of a program increasing access to clinical supervision using video conference, telephone and Skype technologies

Abstract - This workshop will describe the use of videoconferencing and telephone technologies for group, individual and multi site clinical supervision. It will provide some data from evaluation surveys. These clinical supervision processes are part of the systemic professional development and reflective processes which underpin the CAPTOS established over 10 years ago  at the Children's Hospital at Westmead NSW.  The model began in the context of statewide CAMHS services and now also includes professional partners such as hospital clinicians, Child Protection Unit staff, other service partners involved with assisting children and families.   The partners include government agencies, school counsellors, throughout the state of nsw, juvenile justice, out of home are providers, medical and allied health staff. Both open and closed groups are involved.  The workshop will outline a range of events and supervision processes that have been trialled and developed over the past eight years. Participants will learn about practical issues, education and learning theories reflection processes, and the disadvantages and advantages of these multi-faceted approaches.  Other issues to be workshopped will include the impact, value and challenges of single vs mixed discipline groups; how to ensure that clinical supervision is not purely a didactic process; how to continue the struggle to promote reflective processes and ensure many aspects of the clinical service system are addressed; how to ensure relationships are supported and respected in this paradigm.

Dr Frank Meumann

Dr Frank Meumann is President of the Balint Society of Australia and New Zealand. He is an accredited Balint group leader and leader trainer. He has been leading Balint groups since 2005. He currently leads four ongoing Balint groups. Dr Frank Meumann is a general practitioner and medical educator from Hobart. He has been involved in general practice vocational training for 25 years, having initially been a GP supervisor then State Director of the RACGP Training Program. He later took on the role of CEO of General Practice Training Tasmania. Dr Meumann has a special interest in the doctor-patient relationship and in teaching doctor-patient communication.

Freedom to conjecture within the Balint group – powerful supervision for mental health professionals

Dr Michael Balint, a psychoanalyst, and his wife, Enid Balint, established the first Balint group in 1950. It was a group of general practitioners interested in exploring their relationships with patients. The work of the group led to new understandings of the patient, the doctor and the doctor-patient relationship in the general practice setting. The Balint group method has been of increasing interest to doctors and other health professionals over the last sixty years. There are active Balint organisations and Balint groups in Australia, New Zealand, North America, United Kingdom, Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East. The presenter will describe how a Balint group works. He will outline how Balint groups provide unique and valuable supervision for mental health clinicians. The presenter will talk about the world Balint group movement, with particular reference to Balint group activities in Australia and New Zealand. There will be clarification of the pathway to Balint group leadership accreditation with the Balint Society of Australia and New Zealand. There will be a ‘how to’ section on establishing a Balint group within a professional community or an institution.

A/Prof Craig Gonsalez

Craig Gonsalvez is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Wollongong. Craig has considerable experience as a clinical psychologist, clinical supervisor, and academic. He has been actively involved in clinical psychology training over several years, has served as Chair of Course Approvals for the APS Clinical College (2005-2010), and is the recipient of the APS Clinical College’s Award of Distinction for 2009. He has been at the forefront of developments in clinical supervision in Australia during the last decade. He designed and coordinated the course, Clinical Supervision and Practice, for doctoral students at the University of Wollongong. He has authored several scientific papers on clinical supervision, including key contributions on competency-based models. He has presented a large number of workshops and papers on clinical supervision, been invited to speak at national and international conferences, and served on scientific committees and editorial boards for publications on clinical supervision. He is also leader and principal investigator of several, recently awarded supervision grants including a large Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) grant to evaluate and improve field supervisor assessments of trainee competence in clinical psychology, and a Health Workforce Australia (HWA) funding grant to develop eSupervision.

The use of videotapes in clinical supervision: Principles and practice guidelines based on a competency-based approach

Observation of supervisee interactions with clients followed by effective supervisory feedback is an important method to monitor, shape, consolidate and evaluate competency development. Yet, research evidence suggests that supervisors disproportionately favour self-report and case-discussion activities to the concomitant neglect of observation methods in supervision. Further, supervisors lack skills in the effective and efficient use of these methods in supervision. The workshop covers the rationale, description and application of several video-based techniques to clinical supervision of psychotherapy. DVDs of therapy and small-group activities will be used to demonstrate the use of these techniques.

David Denborough

David Denborough (PhD) works as a teacher and writer/editor for Dulwich Centre Publications and a community practitioner for the Dulwich Centre Foundation. Recent books/publications include: Collective narrative practice: Responding to individuals, groups, and communities who have experienced trauma; Family therapy: Exploring the field's past, present and possible futures; and Trauma: Narrative responses to traumatic experience. Recent teaching/community assignments have included Bosnia, Rwanda, Uganda, Canada, Israel, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Iraq, Palestine, South Africa and a number of Aboriginal Australian communities. David’s songs in response to current social issues have received airplay throughout Australia and Canada.

Narrative approaches to responding to suffering: Building the capacity of workers and community members

Over recent years, Dulwich Centre Foundation has developed ways of responding to trauma and social suffering that can be used by both workers and key community members. These ways of working are based on the latest narrative responses to trauma and are often developed through cross-cultural partnerships. In this workshop, David Denborough will share a number of practical narrative methodologies to build the capacity of workers and community members to respond to children, young people and adults who have experienced trauma and/or social suffering.