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New guidance on digital adaptations to supervision and observations

28 July 2020

The British Psychological Society has published new guidance on providing good-quality supervision for trainees and qualified staff digitally.

The Covid-19 pandemic has necessitated that some supervision is now conducted digitally in many cases.

The document suggests that, where possible, it should be done by supervisors with specific additional training in providing digital supervision in their area of work.

If a supervisor has been unable to gain these specific skills, supervision themselves from someone more experienced in working online is advised.

The quantity of supervision offered should reflect the training stage of the clinician, and be consistent with that offered in face-to-face sessions.

The guidance has been produced by the Digital Healthcare Sub-committee of our Division of Clinical Psychology.

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