Advanced Certificate in Supervision

Advanced Certificate in Supervision

Accredited by The National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists

Aims of the training 

To provide participants with the theoretical basis and practical skills in supervision so that they can practice independently or in a professional association as supervisors for practitioners in the helping professions such as Counselling & Psychotherapy, Coaching and Hypnotherapy.

Objectives for participants:

• To understand a range of the basic theoretical models of supervision and to be able to compare and contrast them.

• To build up the systematic skills required of a supervisor in individual, group and organisational settings (the course does not provide instruction about specific therapies).

• To set up, maintain and terminate a working alliance with supervisees that considers their learning needs and developmental stage.

• To develop the ability to evaluate supervisees and write appropriate reports.

• To look at appropriate learning styles and to be able to negotiate individual learning needs with supervisees.

• To monitor the supervisee’s work so that the client is getting the best service possible and the supervisee is developing as a professional person.

• To evaluate their own supervisory practice.

Entry requirements

This course is designed for applicants who have completed a practitioner-level qualification in either Counselling & Psychotherapy, Coaching or Hypnotherapy of at least 450 hours plus 450 clinical hours and have at 1-year post-qualification supervised clinical practice and be a member of an appropriate organisation related to their field and adhere to an ethical framework as set out by their respective membership groups.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate evidence of their qualification, professional membership and a confirmation letter from their current supervisor to provide evidence of 1 year post qualification practice and one other character reference, i.e. employer or fellow professional.

Indicative Course Content

The content of the programme seeks to provide participants with the opportunity to reflect on the skills, knowledge and values required to deliver effective supervision in both one-to-one and group contexts. The course uses a range of methods including group discussion, simulation, video clips, role play, and case studies as well as input from tutors focusing on key concepts in supervision drawn from academic, practitioner and organisational perspectives.

In addition, all students are provided with comprehensive hand-outs over six units which, along with the student portfolio, will serve as an effective handbook.

Module One: Saturday & Sunday 9am- 5 pm

Unit One – Orientation to the Course and Review of Supervision

This includes an initial self-assessment activity which encourages students to reflect on their current practice, the theory, concepts, knowledge and skills which underpin their work in supervision.

Unit Two – Supervision: Ethics, Boundaries and Confidentiality

Particular attention will be paid to the need to ’keep safe’ practitioners and clients, and this will include focusing on supporting staff who are working with clients who have mental health difficulties or are at risk.

Unit Three – One-to-One and Group Supervision; Theory, Concepts and Skills

The theory underpinning one-to-one supervision will be evaluated. Students will reflect on approaches, including client-centred and transactional analysis, and will look at developmental models such as Stoltenberg and Delworth and process models such as Hawkins and Shohet including group dynamics and power within group settings.

Module Two: Saturday & Sunday 9am- 5 pm

Unit Four – Process issues and Supervision Models

An exploration of process issues within supervision including parallel processing. An overview of various models and their effectiveness including The Seven-Eyed Model.

Unit Five – Anti-Oppressive and Multi-cultural approaches

Exploring knowledge and skills: Exploring anti-oppressive approaches to supervision and various issues around cultural issues within supervision will be explored. A model for working sensitively in a multicultural supervision context will be analysed.

Unit Six – Reflective Practice In and On Supervision

Models of reflective practice will be evaluated, and students will be allowed to undertake a reflective activity based on their own supervisory practice and their learning from the course.

Includes a follow-up academic supervision/ tutorial day (8hrs) to explore personal development and integrate theory into practice.


A 4000-word case study of one client, incorporating a reflective model, e.g. Borton (1970) is required. Successful students will receive certification after completing all written work, 85% attendance and payment in full.

Course cost 

The total cost for this 32hr Certificate in Supervision is £1500

A deposit of £500 is required to secure your place- the remainder can be paid in full or in two instalments.

Next steps 

To enquire further or to book a place email or telephone: 0151 388 0152

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