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Enhancing Confidence and Competence in Working with Diversity: A Masterclass in Fundamentals for Supervisors and Clinicans

Event Date:

October 16, 2024

Event Time:

10:00 am

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The Talbot Centre is pleased to present this AHPRA Approved Masterclass (Live ONLINE) in collaboration with Dr Averil Cook from Bodhi & Psychology

This one-day course aims to provide Board Approved Supervisors (BAS) with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively supervise psychologists in responsiveness to cultural and social diversity, particularly cultural competency. The course covers key topics including the importance of cultural competency in the profession, concepts and definitions requited to navigate working with clients and supervisees sensitively, decolonisation and cultural safety in practice and supervision, self -reflection tools, evidence -based tools, goal-setting and competency issues, and ethical considerations in working with cultural diversity. Upon completion, attendees will have developed further the six core competencies for supervisory practice and have increased confidence in supporting supervisees with cultural competence. Suitable for clinicians who are wanting to develop greater self-reflective capacity and nuanced methods of working with clients diverse to the dominant culture.

After completing this one-day workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand the Importance of Cultural Competence: explain the significance of cultural competence in the supervision of psychologists, referencing AIPEP guidelines and PsyBa competencies and describe the implications of cultural competence for effective supervisory practice.
  • Identify and Reflect on Diversity in Practice: define key concepts related to cultural competence and diversity, including intersectionality, privilege, unconscious bias, and cultural safety. Reflect on personal supervisory practices and identify areas for improvement in managing diversity.
  • Evaluate Supervisory Processes with Cultural Competence: assess the psychological competencies of supervisees with respect to cultural and social diversity and evaluate supervisory processes and identify opportunities to enhance cultural competence.
  • Apply Self-Reflection Tools and Techniques: utilize self-assessment tools, such as the Cultural Competence Self-Assessment Questionnaire (CCSAQ), to examine and improve personal cultural beliefs and assumptions. Implement reflective practice techniques in supervision to foster clinical humility and formulation
  • Develop and Manage Supervisory Relationships: establish effective supervisory relationships that support the development of cultural competence in supervisees. Set and review learning objectives and competencies related to cultural diversity using models such as the Cube Model of Professional Competencies.
  • Address Ethical and Legal Considerations: navigate ethical guidelines and legal considerations when working with culturally diverse clients and supervisees. Develop action plans to address issues in the development of cultural competence.

Approach: This workshop is designed to provide a safe, open and reflective space for supervisors and those wanting to expand their ability to work with diversity. This workshop aims to provoke deep reflection about self, the western models of psychology and its subsequent impact on our clients, the way we practice and supervise. There will be active, workshop based learning through the use of discussions, case studies, role plays,and development of supervision activities. Pre and post readings will be provided.

Target Audience: This workshop will be relevant to any clinician who is wanting to develop greater self-reflective capacity and nuanced methods of working with clients diverse to the dominant culture, not just board approved supervisors. This workshop also meets the requirements of a Masterclass for Board Approved Supervisors who wish to renew their registration as a supervisor with AHPRA. Clinicians who would like to become Board Approved Supervisors should complete the Introductory 3-Part Board Approved Supervisor Training.

CPD: A certificate will be issued to all attendees to allow 6 CPD hours to be claimed. This certificate will also allow current AHPRA Board Approved Supervisors to renew their Board Approved status for another 5 years (participants will need to submit the certificate to AHPRA post completion of the Masterclass).


Venue Information – Online

As this is an online workshop, delivered live, you can complete the workshop from any location where you have access to a computer and a strong internet signal. The workshop will be delivered via Zoom and participants will be sent a url to join the group as well as information on trouble shooting technical issues, prior to workshop commencement. As the workshop has a strong practical focus live attendance is required (i.e., watching the recordings is not a suitable substitute for live attendance).

Event time: October 16, 2024 – 10am – 5pm (also running on August 21)

Times listed are in AEST.


How to Register

Click on the Register Now button below and complete the online registration form and complete payment to secure your booking.

Due to the workshop structure numbers are limited to 20 so early registration is recommended.

Please note: We are currently experiencing difficulties with our online booking system. If you are unable to register online please contact us via email or phone 02 8814 5703 and we will process your booking manually.


Presenter Bio – Dr Averil Cook

Dr Averil Cook is an innovative thinker and practitioner. Trained as a clinical psychologist and systemic family therapist Averil has been a practitioner and held leadership roles in psychology training programs, academia, NSW health services and hospitals. As Director of Bodhi & Psychology Averil leads a clinical service that works towards decolonising therapy and clinician practices through therapy, training, supervision and corporate consultation. With a special interests in teaching and training emerging Psychologists, Averil has been a Board Approved Supervisor for over 11 years and has taught and supevised Psychologists, Psychiatrists and NSW Mental Health teams across metropolitan and rural NSW Local Health Districts, tertiary hospitals, private practices and NGO’s. Across her career Averil has been passionate about social justice and has woven this into her work with mental health organisations and in research.

Her current work includes research collaborations examining climate change on the mental health of diverse communities with NSW health, the Bureau of Meterology and the Ingham Institute, and consulting to the Human Rights Commission to support intersectional and embodied change through policy, politics and social- justice. Averil brings these concepts to her work supervising mental health teams and therapists wishing to engage on pathway of decolonising themselves and their therapeutic work with clients.

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Event Schedule Details

  • October 16, 2024 10:00 am   -   5:00 pm
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