Clinical Observation & Supervision

ANPA Register of Supervisors for Clinic Observation and/or Clinical Supervision

Naturopaths, like many other health professionals, require support in the process of becoming professionalised. The stages of transitioning from student to graduate and beyond require different kinds of support. Observation hours and clinical supervision play a vital role in preparation for the demands of practice. The practice of naturopathy is our core business and ANPA is committed to support naturopaths at all levels: students, newly graduates, as well as those who have been in practice for some time.

The register of ANPA practitioners willing to offer these important services for our colleagues is an investment in the future of naturopathy. It is also an opportunity to create resilience for our profession. In teaching, guiding and supervising both the supervisor and the supervisee win by gaining new insights as they go along the journey together.

Thank you for participating.

ANPA supervisors and supervisees keep the light of naturopathy burning bright!

Important Qualities of a Supervisor

Empathy, offer support, flexibility, instruction, knowledge, interest in supervision, good tracking of mentee, interpretive, respectful, focused and practical, ability to problem solve jointly, reassurance, ability to link theory and practice, offer clear constructive feedback on errors.

Important Qualities of a Supervisee

Motivated, open, honest, self-reflecting, aware of own strengths and weaknesses, able to accept responsibility for own practice, able to receive constructive feedback.


Clinic Observation

is a process whereby a student naturopath observes an experienced graduated naturopath in practice.

Clinical Supervision

is the process whereby two or more professional naturopaths formally meet to review and reflect clinical situations. This process aims to offer monitoring, guidance and feedback on matters of personal, professional and educational development. This process may include mentoring and coaching with a focus on clinical or business practice. Assessing and anticipating a naturopaths strengths and weaknesses is included so as to maximise patient safety.


Clinic Observation

  • The student contacts the practicing naturopath and arranges to attend the clinic in person.
  • The amount of time required is agreed upon by the student and the mentor naturopath (number of hours, frequency of observation).
  • Goals and objectives for the student are clearly specified.
  • Roles for the student in the clinic are clearly specified by the practicing naturopath.
    These may include duties in reception, dispensary and in the consultation environment.
  • The responsibility of the practicing naturopath regarding the observation sessions is clearly specified to the student.
  • If the student is required to have paperwork signed off from a training institution, this paperwork is to be shown to the practitioner prior to the agreement for observation hours.
  • If the practicing naturopath is to be remunerated by the college the student attends, the practitioner is given clear information about the fee paid prior to sessions commencing. Financial payments from a college are to be clearly specified.
  • Appropriate dress code is specified by the practicing naturopath.
  • Confidentiality is explained by the practicing naturopath to the visiting student.
  • Evaluation and constructive feedback are given to the student during (if appropriate) and after each session.

Clinical Supervision

  • The supervisee contacts the supervisor to schedule a time that suits both parties.
  • The clinical supervision can commence either face to face, via telephone or Skype.
  • The parties agree to the amount of time allocated for each session and the frequency.
  • A venue is agreed upon. This does not always need to be at the clinic.
  • Confidentiality is maintained at all times regarding the issues discussed between the supervisor and supervisee.
  • Goals and objectives of the sessions are specified and agreed to by the supervisor and supervisee.
  • Review of goals and objectives: the supervisor and the supervisee assign a time to review progress.
  • Cost: any costs need to be discussed before the clinical supervision sessions are commenced.
  • Conflict:  conflict may occur between supervisor and supervisee. Prompt identification and response to potential issues may in fact strengthen the relationship between the supervisor and supervisee. At the commencement of the clinical supervision session, the parties should agree on how conflict will be resolved.  Both parties are encouraged to raise issues of concern. IF the conflict cannot be resolved, it may be appropriate to invite a third party to mediate. Both supervisor and supervisee should agree on a mediator. If the supervision is unsatisfactory the supervisee or the supervisor have the option of terminating the arrangement.

Application for inclusion on the ANPA Register of Supervisors

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