Thank you for your interest in learning more about how to get the most out of your relationship with your supervisor. Your commitment to your clients and your profession is so valuable. And by making the most of this time working as an interim physical therapist with access to guidance from your supervisor, you will be well-prepared to practise independently when that time comes.
Throughout these materials, we refer to interim registrants who are preparing for the national Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE). You and your supervisor could also use the guidance and resources in other supervisory situations now or in the future. In fact, since the focus is on supervision, rather than physical therapy, you might even find that they apply beyond the profession in any situation where one person is responsible for overseeing the development of another. They also apply when the relationship is mentorship, rather than supervision: we can’t overstate how important your role might be in the future when you can take your turn to help other interim registrants or new fully registered physical therapists flourish in the profession.
You probably know that there are two objectives in the supervisory relationship. The first is for your supervisor to ensure that clients receive safe and effective care by supervising the delivery of the care. The second is for them to assist you, the interim registrant, to grow as a physical therapist and develop your skills and sense of belonging in the profession.
There is a body of evidence about what makes supervision effective for both the supervisor and the supervisee. Within this Toolkit and the associated resources and forms, we provide you with information to help you achieve a high-quality and effective supervisory relationship. Every supervisee will occasionally meet a particularly challenging supervisory situation: we hope that some of the information in this toolkit will help you navigate those challenges.
The following documents must be submitted to CPTBC in order to have the supervisory relationship [interim registrant + supervisor] approved. The Toolkit provides links to additional documents to be used as helpful resources to strengthen the supervisory relationship and the supervision experience.
The course that you are about to start is one piece of a Toolkit of resources that you can use to make the supervision experience more valuable. You can see the resources that go into the Toolkit here:
The resources in the Toolkit can be used throughout the supervisory relationship. Here is how to make the most out of them.
All of these resources are mentioned in the Course below. To access each of them individually, download this list of all resources which contains the titles of each of them, and the link to access them.