Österreichische Vereinigung für Supervision

Training Standards

On 17 October 1994, the ÖVS General Assembly decided upon the following minimum requirements for admission to an ÖVS accredited supervision training course:

Admission requirements:

  • Aged 27 or over, with at least 5 years of professional experience
  • Able to display the completion of studies in a humanities or social sciences (university, university of applied sciences, academy) field or a demonstrable equivalent
  • Possessing pertinent previous experience in self-awareness and further training relevant to supervision in addition to substantial vocational training (at least 60 hours)
  • 60 hours of supervisory experience in one-to-one and group or team settings within the last 5 years


  • 450 lessons in 2.5 years (including theme-centred self-awareness), at least half of which having taken place in a steady learning group
  • 75 hours of supervision with supervisees (i.e. the course participants’ supervision practice) in one-to-one and multi-person-settings, whereby the focus shall be on ongoing supervision processes
  • 50 hours of supervisory supervision (of which at least 30 hours need to have taken place on a one-to-one basis)
  • Thesis and oral examination

ÖVS accredited training courses must comply with the following formal and content requirements.


  • The societal relevance of work
  • Dynamic processes in groups and organisations (e.g. resistance, transference, projection, etc…)
  • Organisational structures and their development
  • Professional roles and contents
  • Meta-theory of various supervisory approaches (e.g. epistemology, personality theory, etc…)
  • Detection of mental disorders
  • Ethics in supervision
  • History of supervision and its development with regard to professional policy
  • Fields of activity within the competency of supervision
  • Related forms of consulting


  • The interaction of personality and methodical conduct (“The supervisor’s  personality is his/her own most important instrument”)
  • General methodology and procedural principles
  • Methods and techniques in different settings: one-to-one – group – team – organisation)
  • Field-specific methods and techniques
  • Basic experience of methods and techniques from schools of thought other than your own “approach”
  • Basic knowledge of crisis intervention
  • Models of conflict resolution
  • Performing the role of a supervisor (marketing, taxes, etc…)
  • The significance of agreements in supervision (contracts, working alliances)

Self-awareness topics:

  • Self-perception – self expression
  • External perception – empathy
  • Insight into one’s own biography (the perception of one’s own history of work and achievements, institutional history, crises and crisis management)
  • Authority, power, management, leadership
  • Competition, rivalry, cooperation
  • Attitude to life, philosophy of life, value system (e.g. optimism/pessimism, claims of self-improvement, victim mentality, work ethics, etc…)
  • Development of a new or extended professional identity

Minimum requirements for supervision training

  • In principle a trainer of supervision may only be someone who has successfully completed an accredited supervision training course or someone who has obtained his/her accreditation according to the transitional regulations of the ÖVS.
  • At least five years of experience as a supervisor
  • 30 completed supervision processes in different types and in different fields of supervision
  • Evidence of the undertaking of further training –  after completion of the original supervision training course – relevant to supervision, which, in total, encompassed at least 20 days
  • Continuous self-supervision, evidence of supervisory supervision or of intervision
  • Evidence of several years of teaching in training courses, courses of study, etc…