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Professional/Clinical Supervision is an essential safeguard for clients,

a support for counsellors and a process through which practitioners can develop their skill and competence.  Optimise Potential has a team of leading industry professionals providing best practice supervision training for mental health practitioners.

Certificate of Attainment in Supervision

A competent Clinical/Professional Supervisor for counsellors and psychotherapists should be able to conduct supervision sessions using various supervision interventions, provide effective evaluation and feedback to supervisees as well as address the ethical and legal considerations of supervision.

Professional Recognition: 

The RISE UP Certificate of Attainment in Professional Supervision is recognised by the following organisations:

  • Australian Counselling Association
  • Australian Community Workers Association
  • Australian Hypnotherapy Association
  • Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists
  • Association of Psychotherapists & Counsellors (Singapore)
  • Philippines Association of Guidance Counsellors
  • Counsellors Victoria
  • Professional Counselling Association NSW/ACT 
  • South Australian Psychotherapy & Counselling Association
RISE UP is an approved Clinical /Professional Supervision training program that meets the eligibility criteria for membership to the ACA Professional College of Supervisors. For further information on the college go to 

Course participants will need to purchase and read “The Practice of Clinical and Counselling Supervision” 2017, Australian Academic Press to meet pre-course reading and assessments criteria. The book can be purchased directly from the publisher by emailing:

Please email if you wish to be placed on the waiting list for future courses in Brisbane. Courses can be organised for regional areas for groups of 9 participants.

RISE UP Supervision Courses are available throughout Australia and Singapore:

Western Australia & Northern Territory: Run by Metro Counselling for further information go (click on Our Services) or email
Victoria & South Australia: Run by Supervision Training Services, for more info on dayes and venues go to
New South Wales: 
Contact Lyndall Briggs on
Eden Therapy Services (as of 2018)
Singapore: Contact Dr Jeffrey Po email: 

RISE UP Training Program

The RISE UP training program is a three-day workshop with a pre-course study requirement, designed to provide Supervision training for Mental Health workers who are or are going to be responsible for the practice of other mental health workers.

The RISE UP training program covers all the competencies that are required as a component of eligibility for membership to the premiere College of Supervisors, a professional College of specialists under the Australian Counselling Association Inc (ACA)


To be eligible to undertake this training program it is recommended that anyone undertaking this course has a minimum of 2 years supervised practice experience in counselling, social work, psychology, nursing, education or similar.

The RISE UP program is available for delivery to NGOs and groups at discounted rates. For further information email us.

RISE UP Graduates

The RISE UP training program will enable the graduate to (as a minimum):

  • Define the role of a Clinical Supervisor
  • Identify the goals of supervision
  • Describe the supervisory relationship
  • Demonstrate the skills required for conducting diverse supervision interventions
  • Provide effective evaluation
  • Have knowledge of the different models of supervision
  • Present effectual feedback to supervisees
  • Successfully undertake a variety of supervisor administration tasks
  • Address the ethical and legal considerations of supervision
  • Understand Best Practice in Supervision
RISE UP Course Outline

The RISE UP training program includes two components:

  1. 24 hours of face-to-face training over three days, this includes a 60-minute real-time non-role play formal assessment.

  2. 80 hours of pre-workshop study including reading the textbook “Practice of Clinical Supervision” and completion of a questionnaire.

Note: This course meets the minimum specified criteria for the current ACA Supervision Training Standards (2015) and course entry requirements to the ACA College of Professional Supervisors.

Topics Covered

Your facilitator is a certified RISE UP trainer and industry leading professional with many years experience in supervision and training. They will guide you through the following topics during the three-day workshop:

  • Theory of Supervision
  • Best Practice
  • What is Professional Supervision?
  • What skills does a professional supervisor need?
  • What will be covered in a session of professional supervision?
  • What are the different settings and forms for professional supervision?
  • What are the Supervisor and Supervisee’s responsibilities?
  • Legal and Risk management issues in the Allied Health Industry
  • Legislation
  • Frontline management professional supervision
  • Issues in applying Professional Supervision
  • Resistant supervisees
  • Armstrong Model
  • Note taking and record keeping
  • Mental Health Issues and Supervision
  • Transference potential
  • Stress, Anxiety, Conflict and potential Burnout

All participants will receive a comprehensive manual on DAY 1 of your 3-day workshop.

RISE UP Pre-course Training

As part of their pre-course study, each student will be required to purchase and read the academic text The Practice of Clinical and Counselling Supervision”, 2016 ed Pelling and Armstrong, Australian Academic Press. This text lays the foundation for the three-day workshop.

Copies can be ordered directly from the publisher

Mandatory Questionnaire

Students will be required to complete a 42 question questionnaire relating to the contents of the textbook.  This is a mandatory requirement as it provides each student with a broad theoretical understanding of the different settings and theories of Supervision.  It is recommended that students allocate at least two weeks (or a minimum of 80 hours) to read the text and answer the questionnaire.  The successful completion of the questionnaire is required before the student can move onto the 3-Day workshop phase.

RISE UP Training Program Delivery

All RISE UP course leaders hold formal qualifications in Training and Assessment, Supervision and Counselling and/or Psychotherapy.  Your RISE UP training program will be delivered over three days by an experienced registered supervisor who is also a certified RISE UP trainer.


The first day focuses primarily on theory and is spent working through the RISE UP workshop manual.


Day 2 begins with viewing and critiquing of a Supervision session. This is followed by a practice session working through scenarios from the workshop manual in triads. The afternoon is then spent with students assessing and supervising 30-minute sessions in triads, as preparation for the final day assessment phase.


This is your formal assessment day where each student rotates through a triad rotating through the three positions of Supervisor, Assessor and Supervisee. Each position is completed over a 60 minutes period.

RISE UP Training Philosophy

There are no role plays in The RISE UP training program. Our philosophy is that you can’t learn the real from the unreal.   All students are to bring real and relevant issues for supervision to the workshop. Revisiting an old issue that you still dwell on is also fine. The assessment phase is the perfect opportunity to discuss a real supervision issue in safety outside your usual work environment.  Please ensure that the issues are of a nature that you would discuss with your supervisor and not personal counselling issues.  

Using the text and completing the questionnaire will give you a good indication of the scope of the issues that you may choose to bring. Additional Information can be found on the:

  • Consent Forms and Contracts

  • Confidentiality form

Refunds & Cancellations

Optimise Potential will refund 75% of your payment for refunds requested prior to 14 days before the booked workshop, 50% of payment for cancellations within seven days of the workshop, no refund for cancellations within 24 hours of workshops or non-attendance.

For further information, please contact Optimise Potential on 0402 206 906 or email