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Clinical supervision resources for mental health services


Clinical supervision is an important part of what mental health practitioners do. It can improve clinical practice safety, provide opportunities for skill development, and ensure that clinicians receive support. Consequently, it is an important mechanism in the provision of high quality clinical care.

To connect the Queensland Health mental health workforce to the skills and tools required for effective clinical supervision, the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning (Learning Centre) offers three clinical supervision workshops and have compiled here a range of tools, templates, literature, useful links, guidelines and policies.

These resources are used and referenced in the three clinical supervision workshops offered by the Learning Centre:

  • QC8 Best Practice Models of Supervision
  • QC4 Supervisor
  • QC12 Supervising Supervisors

View the online calendar to check course dates in your Hospital and Health Service (HHS).

The workshops and resources may be useful to both supervisees and clinical supervisors in their practice. Mental health workforces in other locations wanting to implement quality clinical supervision practices may also find the information and resources useful.

The Clinical Supervision Guidelines

The Queensland Health Clinical Supervision Guidelines for Mental Health Services (pdf 406Kb) 2009 edition (the Guidelines) provide a standardised, generic and flexible state wide approach to clinical supervision for all mental health professionals involved in mental health service delivery. The Guidelines recognise that clinical supervision is central to promoting the personal and professional development of the Queensland Health mental health workforce.

Note: Clinical Supervision Guidelines for Mental Health Services 2009 is currently undergoing review by content experts assigned by the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch. Access to the updated version will be made available when endorsed.

Templates and tools

The following resources have been compiled to assist supervisees and supervisors with documentation and processes related to clinical supervision. Instructions for their use are provided in our training courses listed above.

They are made available here for you to download and use in your own service.


Evaluation tools:

Other useful forms:

Professional policies

Please be aware of the professional code of practice for clinical supervision as relevant to your professional discipline and membership.

Reminder: the process for Queensland Health Employees when making ethical decisions:

  1. apply Department of Health Code of Conduct for the Queensland Public Service as the first priority
  2. the HHS specific policy follows (refer to your HHS HR webpage)
  3. then apply the appropriate Professional code, for example:
    - APS
    - AASW
    - OTAus
    - ACMHN

For more information on Learning Centre Supervision training programs and resources or to provide feedback please contact:

Ph: 3271 8837

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Last updated: 6 November 2020