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Thank you for your interest in learning more about how to be an effective supervisor. Your commitment to your clients and your profession is so valuable. And by helping to foster the growth of a new physical therapist, you are helping to build a better safer health care system.

Throughout these materials, we refer to interim registrants who are preparing for the national Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE). But the guidance and resources apply equally to all supervisory situations. 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 the mentor role can be in helping new fully registered physical therapists flourish in the profession.

You probably know that there are two objectives in the supervisory relationship. The first is to ensure that clients receive safe and effective care by supervising the delivery of the care. The second is to assist your interim registrant to grow as a physical therapist and develop their 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, we provide you with information to help you achieve a high-quality and effective supervisory relationship. Every supervisor will occasionally meet a particularly challenging supervisory situation: we hope that some of the information in this toolkit will help you navigate those challenges.

College Requirements

The following documents must be submitted to CPTBC in order to have the supervisory relationship [interim registrant + supervisor] approved. The Course Content provides links to additional documents to be used as helpful resources to strengthen the supervisory relationship and the supervision experience.

Supervision Guide – Must be reviewed by both of you
Supervision Agreement – Must be signed by both of you and then submitted to CPTBC
Supervision Plan – Must be submitted to CPTBC if requested. The additional resources in this course will help you build your Supervision Plan.

Supervision Toolkit

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 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.