Professor Carol Falender (front right) with colleagues from UKZN’s Department of Behavioural Medicine.

UKZN’s Department of Behavioural Medicine, in collaboration with the KwaZulu-Natal branches of the South African Society for Clinical Psychology, Psychological Society of South Africa, as well as Durban Practising Psychologists Group (DPPG), hosted a workshop on clinical supervision.

Conducted by Professor Carol Falender,the workshop – held in the UNITE Building on the Howard College campus – attracted almost 60 psychologists

Clinical supervision is the foundation of clinical training and practice, with recognition slowly growing that it is a distinct professional practice.

While task-forces have recently defined requisite competencies and guidelines for supervision practice, research shows that training and competence in clinical supervision are lagging behind as there is inadequate recognition of the substantial changes that have occurred.

This workshop was therefore designed to provide the most current skills to enhance ethical multicultural supervision practice, including multicultural diversity; supervision competencies; supervision guidelines; best practices; supervisory relationship, strains, ruptures, and repair; reflective practice; assessment; feedback and evaluation strategies; legal and ethical frameworks: as well as self-care.

Falender is co-author of Supervision Essentials for the Practice of Competency Based Supervision (APA, 2017) and four other books on clinical supervision.

She was a member of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards Supervision Guidelines Group, and Chair of the Supervision Guidelines Task Force of the Board of Educational Affairs of APA. She has also directed APA approved internship programmes at child and family clinics for more than 20 years. 

Falender, who is an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University and Clinical Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychology in the United States, received the APA 2018 Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology Award.

Words and photograph: Nombuso Dlamini