SHAPE: how to deliver high quality ACT supervision with Eric Morris and Linda Nicholson

Enhance your ACT supervision skills using the SHAPE model

Thursday 22nd October, 2020


22nd October, 2020
9-11am UK Time (BST) / 7-9pm Melbourne Time (AEDT)
Online Webinar + recording
Presenters: Dr. Eric Morris and Dr Linda Nicholson
Please note: you can still access the recording for 3 weeks even if you are not able to make the live event

Do you offer ACT supervision or are thinking of offering ACT supervision in the future? Do you want to deliver it in a structured, helpful, experiential way that maximises your supervisees’ learning? Then this webinar is for you! Dr Eric Morris and Dr Linda Nicholson are experts in Acceptance and Commitment therapy supervision and will help you increase the impact of your supervision sessions.

Supervision is a key component in delivering Acceptance and Commitment Therapy safely and effectively. Whether working in a supervisor-supervisee relationship or with peers, supervision supports practitioners to develop their ACT competencies, constructively review their work, and to reflect on the experiences that arise from helping others.

In this webinar Eric and Linda will present the SHAPE supervision framework (Morris & Bilich-Eric, 2017), that draws upon ACT and contextual behavioural science, to build supervisee psychological flexibility and learning based on contemporary behavioural principles. Contemporary supervision models emphasise experiential learning and feedback processes, the development of reflective practice, in the context of supportive supervisory relationships.

The SHAPE framework identifies five features of contextual supervision: Supervision values; Holding stories lightly; Assessment of function; Perspective-taking; Experiential methods. SHAPE is designed to create supervision experiences that promote openness to experience, self-compassion, functional analysis, constructive feedback, and accountability.

Eric and Linda will describe how the SHAPE components support the development of ACT competencies, through experiential learning and functional analysis, and demonstrate how SHAPE can be used in supervision meetings. They will utilise experiential demonstrations, role-plays and didactic presentation to engage webinar participants in learning how to promote psychological flexibility in supervision.

The Speakers:

Dr Linda Nicholson is a clinical psychologist and the Clinic Manager of the Australian National University Psychology Clinic in Canberra, Australia. Linda has over 15 years’ experience as a clinician and over 10 years’ experience as a supervisor in cognitive behavioural therapies, specifically Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Linda’s PhD involved utilising Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Police officers. She is passionate about supervision and has delivered workshops on SHAPE with her colleague Eric at ACBS conferences.

Dr Eric Morris is a senior lecturer and director of the Psychology Clinic at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He has over twenty years’ experience working as a clinical psychologist in Australia and the United Kingdom, engaging people with complex mental health problems and their families using contextual cognitive behavioural therapies. Eric researches acceptance and commitment therapy as an individual- and group-based intervention for recovery from psychosis, anxiety disorders, insomnia, to support caregivers, and as a workplace resilience training. He is a co-editor of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness for Psychosis, co-author of the self-help guide, ACTivate Your Life, and co-author of the group treatment manual, ACT for Psychosis Recovery. He is a Past President of the ANZ Chapter, and a Fellow of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science.


How do I access the webinar?

It’s super simple. All you need to do is follow a link that you will be provided prior to the course, along with instructions.

Can I ask questions during the presentation?

Absolutely. You will be able to ask the presenter questions, just as you would in any workshop. You’ll also have the extra benefit of being able to interact with other colleagues who have also joined the webinar.

Will I receive a CPD certificate?

Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.

Can I view the presentation afterwards?

Yes, a video of the presentation will be available to you for up to 28 days after the workshop is finished.  You’ll be able to go back over any part of the webinar to review or check anything that you missed. You also don’t actually have to attend the live webinar – if you’re not able to make it on the actual date, you can still login afterwards and watch the recorded version.

What equipment do I need?

You just need a computer (PC or Mac), laptop or tablet that can access the internet. You need a good broadband speed that would allow you to comfortably stream a movie (such as a video on YouTube).

Can I still participate in any skills practice work?

Yes, we have a special portal in the system to allow you to connect with other participants joining via the Webinar.

Will the Webinar work on my computer?

Yes! As long as you have access to a web browser and you’re connected to the internet, you will be able to attend. It’s that simple – all you need to do is go to the webpage link, login and you’re set to go. You can join the workshop on any device including your home computer or iPad. You can even join in using your smart phone.

How do I deal with any technical issues that come up?

We will have dedicated technicians on hand throughout the entire duration of the workshop. They will be there to help you manage any issues that may come up and get you back in to the workshop again. Also, if you think there may be a problem, be it with your work access or anything else, you can log in early to check if things are working for you, and be prepared.

There may of course be technical issues that come up on your end, which will be your responsibility to look after. But these are rare and we have an extra handy troubleshooting guide that comes with tips and tricks to deal with any problems.