Freely available tools for benchmarking core supervision competencies

Generic Supervision Assessment Tool

The Generic Supervision Assessment Tool (GSAT) was developed and validated for benchmarking supervisor competencies by supervisors (GSAT-SR), supervisees (GSAT-SE), and third-party assessors (GSAT-A).

The three freely available tools were designed to allow for multi-perspectives on supervisors practice assisting supervisors, supervisees, educators, and researchers to understand and enhance the core evidence-based competency skills critical to facilitating effective supervision regardless of profession or practice setting.

User Manual
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GSAT Superviser Tool
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GSAT Supervisee Tool
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GSAT Assessor Tool


Hamilton, S. J., Briggs, L., Peterson, E. E., Slattery, M., & O’Donovan, A. (2021). Supporting conscious competency: Validation of the Generic Supervision Assessment Tool (GSAT). Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice.

The GSAT can be utilised to benchmark supervisor’s competency, strengthening feedback processes and clinician’s awareness on core competencies and as an evidence-based pre- and post-training tool. The GSAT helps fill a critical need for tools that are psychometrically reliable and valid, quick to complete, appropriate for application across a broad cross section of the workforce and freely and easily accessible.

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Sarah Hamilton

Sarah holds the position of State-wide Allied Health Professional Practice Leader for Social Work in Mental Health and Addiction Services, Queensland Health. She is a PhD candidate with the School of Health Sciences and Social Work Griffith University.

Originally from Aotearoa, New Zealand, Sarah currently resides in Brisbane, Australia and has experience in mental health services provision, clinical education, clinical supervision, suicide prevention, leadership, management, policy, and research. Sarah has a special interest in the areas of clinical leadership, models of service development, scope of practice, research, and clinical supervision.


‘Better supervision means better patient outcomes’

Who supervises the supervisors? And how do you make sure clinical supervision enhances best practice, is effective, safe, and how if you’re a supervisor do you know you’re facilitating good supervision?

A PhD study by social worker Sarah Hamilton is not only providing answers to those questions but will improve care of patients across the health sector as a result.

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"The GSAT will be of great benefit to anyone who is asked to take on a supervisory role."