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A Model of the Supervised Practice of Psychologists : a project and its results

8 May 2014

'A Model of the Supervised Practice of Psychologists' written by Vlasta Zabukovec (EFPA EAC Member) and Anja Podlesek (Slovenia NAC chair person).

EuroPsy – the European Certificate in Psychology represents an educational framework and minimum standards for the training of psychologists across different European countries.

Within this framework, a year of supervised practice is required for entry into independent practice.

In Slovenia, supervised practice has not yet been implemented and psychologists beginners mostly do not have proper guidance and supervision in the first years of their career. The basic condition for the implementation of supervised practice is to educate mentors of supervised practice.

The authors of the book developed such an educational program in 2010 within the European Social Funds project called ‘Establishing a Network of Mentors and Training for the Supervised Practice of Psychologists’.

This book presents the project and its results.

The first part of the book presents the EuroPsy certificate, the requirements for the education and training of psychologists and the competences that are required for practicing psychology independently. The EuroPsy competence model is presented. The authors then analyse psychology study programmes at two universities in Slovenia and the competences they develop. They present the current situation regarding internship and traineeship in Slovenia and the envisaged solutions regarding supervised practice of psychologists. They outline the basic characteristics of mentorship and why mentoring is important.

In the second part, the book describes an educational program for mentors of supervised practice for psychologists––how it addresses basic steps of the mentoring process and develops an understanding of the EuroPsy competence model. The experiences gained in different work contexts of psychologists are presented.

Finally, the authors give some suggestions for future developments of mentor education and supervised practice.

VLASTA ZABUKOVEC is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Ljubljana. She is the President of the Slovenian Psychological Association and a member of the European Awarding Committee for EuroPsy. She has an active role in EuroPsy implementation in Slovenia as the founder of the network for supervised practice of psychologists.

ANJA PODLESEK is an Associate Professor of Psychological Methodology at the Department of Psychology, University of Ljubljana. There she coordinated the Bologna Process in which the study programme was tuned with the EuroPsy framework for the education of psychologists. She is active in the EuroPsy implementation in Slovenia as the Chairperson of the National Awarding Committee for EuroPsy.

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