Academy of Human Development

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UEN No/CPE Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 20 Aug 2020 - 19 Aug 2024)

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (Supervision)


With the increase of pressure for access to services, and concerns about increasing workloads, supervision offers a way to ensure clients receive services that are ethically aligned and of good quality, and a way to ensure that practitioners remain engaged and do not burn out. While there are many benefits from supervision, there are also many myths and assumptions about supervision. This course is designed to bring a fresh perspective to how supervision can provide a creative, inspiring and invigorating space, while also acting as a platform for on-going practitioner development.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • Be aware of the similarities and differences between supervision, mentoring, training and collegial support

  • Have been introduced to, and have practised-based experience of supervision methods that they can apply in to their own and others' work with clients, a variety of workplace environments

  • Have explored how to have constructive supervisory conversations using principles and practices from SFBT, even if the piece of client work under discussion was not conducted using SFBT

  • Have a keen sense of how to monitor their own and other's work with clients in ways that ensure alignment with ethics and good standards of practice

Course Content

  • What is supervision and what is not; the purposes of and benefits from supervision for clients, for practitioners; for agencies/organisations

  • Methods for self-supervision - reflective practice; micro-analysis of video/audio tapes and transcripts

  • Methods for peer supervision - reflection circles - questions and feedback disciplines that keep the practitioner as the expert in the process of designing and monitoring their work

  • Methods for structured group supervision - setting up a group, conducting a group, evaluating a group

  • Methods for supervision when time is limited - the 8 minutes check-in conversation; the 3 minutes follow-up on progress conversation; the 20 minutes emergency support conversation

Who Should Attend

This course is suitable for practitioners in the social service field who are working with individuals, families, groups and/or communities. It will be relevant to those working with children, youth and/or adults. It is appropriate for social workers, welfare workers, counsellors, therapists, psychologists, teachers and anyone else who are interested in helping people.


Participants who meet 80% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment by the Academy of Human Development.


Fees S$

Course Fee (Nett)



Subsidies/ Funding S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

VCF pre-approved funding at 30% per pax for Singaporeans/PR Social Service Organisation Staff (Ref No. PAS00001852, End date of approval: 22 Jul 2020)



Dr Svea Van Der Hoorn has more than 30 years of experience in SF brief practice - both as a therapist and as a coach. Trained as a psychologist, she has been engaged as a consultant, trainer, coach and supervisor delivering services using the SolutionFocused Brief Approach (SFBA) that she has developed to participants from the education, welfare, health, NGO, community-based, and corporate sectors. She is an experienced clinical supervisor for individuals and groups, and also is an International Coach Federation mentor coach and assessor - Professional Certified Coach (ICF-PCC). Besides, she is a trainer for two ACTP SF Coaching programmes. She serves on the European Brief Therapy Association working group for SFBT Theory and the SF Research Committee, and is also on the editorial board for the Journal of the Australasian Association of SFBT.

Application and Enquiries

Dave Goh

6593 5284

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Course Schedule

Duration 14 Hours
Dates TBA
Timing 9.30am - 5.30pm
Trainer(s) Dr Svea Van Der Hoorn
Venue(s) 43 Middle Road, #03-00 Boon Sing Building