Your Free Training: SHAPE: how to deliver high quality ACT supervision

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 valuesHolding stories lightlyAssessment of functionPerspective-takingExperiential 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.



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.

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.

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