July 25, 2016 16:30 - 18:00

Strengthening doctoral supervision in a DPsych context (with specialisation in child and adolescent psychology)

[Speaker] Van Der Watt, Ronél:1
1:University of the Free State, RSA (South Africa(Republic of South Africa))

The current global demand for more research output, less doctoral student attrition and shorter completion time of doctoral studies has led to an increase in the workload of supervisors. Consequently, doctoral supervisors need to be flexible in their scholarly environment and not only strengthen their practices and processes, but also revisit them regularly. In addition to their experiences of completing their own doctoral study, supervisors, too, can benefit from further training to complement their supervisory skills and keep them on par with innovative trends in the field. This paper critically reflects on strengthening doctoral supervision specifically within the context of a structured DPsych course with specialisation in child and adolescent psychology. Firstly, it discusses the sense of self as supervisor. Secondly it highlights the practices and processes involved in strengthening doctoral supervision. The paper concludes with a proposed model to strengthen doctoral supervision in a DPsych context.
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