Provisional Psychologist Supervision


Professional supervision is provided for:

  • Provisional Psychologists for registration,

  • Counselling Psychologists for higher endorsement, and

  • Other Health professionals.

FREE online resources when you access provisional psychologist supervision!

Want to become a psychologist? First you have to complete the appropriate university courses in psychology. If you would like to know more about how to become a psychologist, personal requirements for a psychologist and education and training for a psychologist, you can find more information on The Good Universities Guide.


To become a psychologist, once you have completed psychology training, you can apply to our professional body, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to obtain provisional registration. Before applying, you will need to establish an internship program.


During provisional registration, a provisional psychologist is required to undergo an internship program. This internship program allows an opportunity for the provisional psychologist to gain supervised practice and learn best practice standards through regular provisional psychologist supervision from an experienced practitioner. During the provisional psychologist supervision, supervisees gain professional supervision to reflect on intervention strategies and professional issues


Provisional psychologist supervision serves an educative and supportive function. It is an opportunity to raise professional issues and gain further experience under the guidance of an experienced practitioner. Supervision allows an individual to learn from their own experiences in working with clients, review and debrief intervention plans for individuals and/or groups and ensure that service delivery follows best practice standards.

Provisional psychologist supervision may be undertaken as a requirement to meet the standards of a professional body and meet their requirements for membership, registration or higher endorsement. Alternatively, supervision of professional consultation can be undertaken to deal with complex cases, prevent burnout or where professional or personal issues arise while providing health services.

Dean Harrison holds a Master of Counselling Psychology and is an Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) accredited supervisor. He has supervised many interns over the last few decades including providing supervision for the Australian Government Department of Human Services and a number of post-graduate psychology courses. Dean was a field placement supervisor for the Master of Counselling Psychology (Macquarie University), Master of Forensic Psychology (University of New South Wales and the University of Western Sydney) and Master of Organisational Psychology (University of New South Wales).

As a highly experienced practitioner, Dean recognises that professional supervision is a critical time in a psychologist learning and development and ensures his interns are well prepared to begin their professional careers. While the requirements to become a psychologist can seem quite onerous at times Dean recognises the importance of ensuring that intern psychologists find meaning and engagement in their supervision to make their journey easier. Standards are also maintained to ensure that interns can achieve a smooth transition at the end of their supervision process.​​


Provisional registration is the registration type that enables an appropriately qualified graduate to complete a period of supervised practice that is required to be eligible for general registration as a psychologist.

There are three different pathways that allow the individual to complete the necessary period of supervised practice:


The 4+2 internship program is an intensive training program in psychology completed over two years (or equivalent part-time) under the supervision of a Psychologist registered with AHPRA to provide this program. This pathway enables the individual to gain the supervised experience necessary to become eligible to apply for general registration as a psychologist.

The 5+1 internship program refers to a sequence of accredited tertiary study comprising coursework and practical placements offered by a registered tertiary institution, followed by a sixth year (one year full-time or equivalent part-time) supervised practice internship approved by the Psychology Board of Australia. The sixth-year internship program is a one-year program (or equivalent part-time) of intensive training during which the provisional psychologist consolidates the skills and knowledge developed during the first five years of training and applies them in a practical setting.

Psychology graduates considering these pathways towards full registration are advised to check the AHPRA website as details may change. The requirements for provisional registration can be found by visiting the AHPRA website: http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Registration/Provisional.aspx

Both 4+2 and 5+1 pathways require evidence of completion of supervised training across 8 core competencies:

  • Knowledge of the discipline

  • Ethical, legal and professional matters

  • Psychological assessment and measurement

  • Intervention strategies

  • Research and evaluation

  • Communication and interpersonal relationships

  • Working within a cross-cultural context

  • Practice across the lifespan.

​In addition, provisional psychologists that are completing the 4+2 and 5+1 internship program and who apply for general registration after 1 July 2013 will be required to pass the National Psychology Examination during their sixth-year internship, before applying for general registration.

How a supervisor will help you?

With more than 25 years of experience, Dean Harrison is a highly experienced practitioner and provides advanced psychological counselling to individuals of all ages, including couples and family counselling. He has worked within the private, corporate, and government sectors. Dean has a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and belongs to the Australian Psychological Society College of Counselling Psychologists.

During your Provisional psychologist supervision, it is a supervisor’s responsibility to:

  • Support you have adequate knowledge of relevant research, theory and policy before providing any client intervention,

  • Support you to have access to strategies to develop appropriate intervention models,

  • Bring to your attention any limitations of competence, ethical difficulty, personal bias or aspect of personal development in the you that the supervisor perceives to be affecting your professional development and/or professional application,

  • Offer sufficient supervision opportunities to enable regular evaluation of applications of the core competencies,

  • Directly observe your work as part of the supervision process; this may include observation electronically, and

  • View your active client files intermittently as part of the supervision process.


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