Dr Tamar Black is a passionate and enthusiastic supervisor, who supervises both newly registered as well as highly experienced psychologists. She is an approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists. She has extensive experience supervising psychologists towards endorsement in Educational and Developmental Psychology, as well as psychologists undertaking general supervision, and probationary and psychologists undertaking the various Psychology Board of Australia approved pathways towards registration (4+2 and 5+1). She also has experience supervising psychologists who are registered overseas and are undergoing a Psychology Board of Australia approved program towards registration. Tamar provides supervision about the Australian national psychology examination, and she provides supervision to psychologists residing interstate, and also outside of Australia. She is highly sought after for supervision focusing on using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with children, adolescents and adults, ACT in schools, and cognitive and educational assessments with children, adolescents and adults. The fee for supervision is $175 per 50 minute session, which conducted via Zoom. Tamar is available for supervision on Fridays and Saturdays. Please contact Tamar to discuss your supervision needs.

Supervision in ACT

Tamar was trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) prior to undergoing training in ACT. She is extremely passionate about using ACT with children, adolescents, and adults, and has extensive experience in its use for a wide range of issues. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) at Monash University through the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology under the supervision of Associate Professor Glenn Melvin, Dr Louise Hayes, and Professor Kylie Gray. Tamar’s research compared the effectiveness of ACT versus CBT for adolescents as a compulsory part of year nine school curricula, which is the first study to compare ACT to CBT within schools.

Many people find that they attend an ACT workshop or conference, or read a book about ACT, and love the principles of ACT, and would like to start using it with their clients, but they don’t know where to start. The most helpful advice that Tamar received when she commenced her own journey in learning ACT was that ACT can look quite different from one therapist to another. This means that you can be creative, you don’t have to follow someone else’s script. Supervision is a great way to learn how to use ACT with your own clients. Tamar’s supervision style is practical, easy to understand, and includes teaching the ACT model and key concepts, case conceptualization, experiential exercises, and case examples that supervisees can apply to their own work. She will teach you how to use ACT with your clients together with compassion focused techniques, and she prides herself in providing a highly supportive environment where supervisees can develop their own style of ACT that they feel comfortable with.

Tamar has undertaken extensive training in ACT, with world leading experts such as Kelly Wilson, Robyn Walser, Michael Twohig, Kirk Strosahl and Patti Robinson, Lisa Coyne, Dennis Tirch, Louise Hayes, and Russ Harris. She has also trained with the founder of Compassion Focused Therapy, Professor Paul Gilbert, as well as James Bennett-Levy. Tamar presented her Ph.D research at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science’s World Conference in 2013, in 2014 at the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists National Conference, and in 2015 at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science South Eastern Chapter Conference in the US. Please contact Tamar to discuss your supervision needs.