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Onsite and Offsite Principal Supervision: Benefits and Challenges

Sep 08, 2023

In the field of psychology, the importance of effective supervision cannot be overstated. It plays a crucial role in the professional development and growth of supervisees, ensuring ethical practice and promoting high-quality client care. One key decision that both employers and supervisees face is whether to opt for onsite or offsite psychological supervision. In this blog, we aim to shed light on this topic, sharing what we feel are the benefits and challenges based on our experience.


Onsite Supervision

Onsite supervision refers to the practice of conducting supervision sessions within the physical workplace environment.


Offsite Supervision

Offsite supervision involves conducting supervision sessions outside of the workplace, typically at a different location or remotely.


Combination of both onsite and offsite supervision


Based on our experience, we recommend a balanced approach that combines the benefits of both onsite and offsite supervision. Our recommendation is a 75% principal supervision offsite and 25% secondary supervision onsite model.

For instance, a full-time team member could engage in 1 hour of secondary supervision with an onsite board approved supervisor on a fortnightly basis. This secondary supervision can address workplace-specific concerns and ensure compliance with clinical governance. Simultaneously, 1.5 hours of weekly principal supervision with a reputable offsite provider, such as the Provisional Psychologist Hub, can offer a broader perspective and support in clinical skill development.

By adopting this blended approach, supervisee's and employers can leverage the advantages of both onsite and offsite supervision, providing a comprehensive and well-rounded support system for their supervisees. It allows for targeted guidance on workplace-related matters while also encouraging exposure to a wider professional community and diverse insights.

In conclusion, the decision between onsite and offsite psychological supervision is a critical one that requires careful consideration. Both approaches have their merits, and a balanced approach can offer the best of both worlds. Our recommendations, based on our experience, suggest a 75% principal supervision offsite and 25% secondary supervision onsite model. This combination ensures that supervisees receive the necessary workplace-specific support while also benefiting from exposure to a broader network of professionals.

We encourage employers to carefully assess their unique organizational needs and to consider implementing a blended supervision model that aligns with our recommendations. By prioritizing effective supervision, employers can foster a culture of continuous learning, enhance clinical skills, and ensure the delivery of high-quality care to clients.


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Disclaimer: The recommendations provided in this blog are based on our experience and are intended as general suggestions. Employers and supervisees should consult relevant guidelines and regulations specific to their jurisdiction and seek professional advice when making decisions about onsite and offsite supervision.


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