About Us

The Reflective Supervision Team evolved in 2017 following decades of research and practice in clinical supervision by Dr Daphne Hewson.  The team is committed to providing workshops that embody and model reflective practice at its best.

Our aim is to provide high-quality evidence-informed training that develops knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for ethical, effective and skilful clinical supervision, and that locates reflective practice at the heart of competency-based clinical supervision.

The Team

Mark Donovan: Partner/Trainer

Mark has worked as a registered psychologist for over 30 years, specialising in children and familes, and has supervised and taught for 20 years on the clinical psychology training programs at the University of Wollongong and University of East Anglia (UK). Mark has trained over a thousand psychologists in competency-based supervision across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong since the Board introduced competency-based supervision in 2013, and has directly supervised hundreds of psychologists and other practitioners over the past three decades. Mark is a strong advocate of Reflective Practice in both supervision and clinical practice, having been trained in both by Daf in the mid-1990s.

Dr Janet Conti: Trainer/Consultant

Janet is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at Western Sydney University where she supervises and teaches on the Clinical and Professional Psychology Masters programs. She conducts a private practice half day a week and specialises in the field of eating problems where she prioritises hearing the voice of the person with a lived experience and tailoring a range of psychological interventions to their unique needs and preferences. She has been involved in reflective practice and reflective supervision for many years and made many helpful contributions to Daf’s book (her photo is on the back cover).

Helen Donovan: Partner/Administrator

Helen brings experience from an array of professional roles and organisations to the team, including NSW Health (Midwife), University of Technology Sydney (Researcher), and private practice. Helen is an efficient administrator and skilled clinician, and uses both in looking after the administrative side of the workshops. Helen also offers supervision to Midwives based on the Role-Process Model.

Daphne (Daf) Hewson is a Sydney/Alice Springs psychologist who is committed to reflective supervision as the key to maintaining professional standards and sustaining health professionals in the demands of their coal-face work. She has a background as an academic (training clinical and counselling psychologists and Indigenous Health Workers) and a practitioner (specialising in working with adult survivors of childhood trauma). She teaches reflective supervision around Australia and internationally, and recently co-authored ‘Reflective Practice in Supervision’ with Michael Carroll. Daf established the Reflective Practice workshops and has acted as trainer and mentor to Janet and Mark since the 1990s.