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Certificate in Counselling Supervision
Frequently asked questions
Who is this course for?

This OCN accredited course has been running successfully for nine years.

It is for experienced counselling practitioners who wish to train to become counselling supervisors. The course is also suitable for those who would like to see whether becoming a supervisor is right for them.

Applicants must hold a Diploma in Counselling, and have a minimum of 2 years post-qualifying experience or 400 counselling hours.

They also need a letter of support from their counselling supervisor endorsing their suitability & readiness to undertake this training.

What does the course cover?

The course is designed to provide students with a clear framework for setting up in practice as a supervisor.
It covers the key skills and competencies needed to become an effective counselling supervisor. Students are encouraged to identify their existing transferable skills and also the areas in which they need to develop further competency.

The course concentrates on the role and task of the supervisor, and the skills & qualities needed to fulfill this role.
It considers our ethical responsibilities as supervisors and how we will respond to ethical dilemmas we may encounter in our work with supervisees. Students develop a template for a supervision working agreement.

The course considers cultural issues, working with difference, the different contexts in which supervision takes place, as well as the administrative tasks involved in providing supervision.

There is a strong practical element to the course allowing students the opportunity to participate in practice sessions and critique their own performance, as well as receive constructive feedback from course tutors and peers.

The main focus of the course is on supervising individuals, although there is some discussion about supervising groups.
There is the opportunity to attend a follow-on weekend ‘Supervising Groups’.

How do I know if the course is suitable for my theoretical modality?

The course attracts students from a range of theoretical backgrounds and is not modality specific. Previous students have described themselves as Person-Centred, Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Integrative, TA trained or using CBT.

During the course students will have the opportunity to work with each other and consider whether it would be appropriate for them to supervise those with different theoretical approaches from their own.

What is the style of teaching on the course?

Whilst there is some theoretical input from course tutors there are also experiential exercises, facilitated group discussions and practice sessions where students receive feedback from peers and tutors.

How big is the group?

There is a maximum of twelve students on each course. This helps to create a safe space in which to maximise learning and allows tutors to get to know students, and give effective feedback, in order to aid their development.

Do I need to have supervisees when I start the training?

No, you don’t. You can complete the practice sessions for your portfolio with other course students, with counselling colleagues or a combination of both of these.

What's involved in putting the portfolio of evidence together?

The Portfolio of Evidence includes the course handouts, evidence of course activities, feedback sheets from course practice sessions,a 3,000-word essay describing the transition from counsellor to supervisor, 10 x 1 hour practice sessions with feedback sheets, and a Learning Journal which students keep for the duration of the course. Students also submit a one hour recording of a supervision practice session.

The portfolio builds as the course goes along and students have approximately 2.5 months after the third weekend to complete their practice sessions and other assignments. Tutors provide support to students until the portfolio deadline.

What level is the course accredited at?

The course is accredited at Level 5, by the Open College Credit4Learning

Many training courses are longer than three weekends. How can a short course provide adequate training to qualify as a supervisor?

This course is designed to suit those who would prefer a more compact and focused course or who are not able to commit to a lengthier or more expensive training. The course is carefully constructed to gain in momentum and provide a breadth of learning that equips students with a framework to practice safely and effectively as supervisors. Students are expected to supplement their learning with independent reading. Whilst the course may be shorter than others it is every bit as rigorous in its standards. The course has an internal and external moderator to ensure that its’ aims and objectives are met.

Will I be eligible to apply for BACP individual supervisor accreditatation after undertaking this training course?

BACP does not currently require applicants to have undertaken a formal supervision training course in order to apply for accreditation. Applicants are asked to demonstrate that they have undertaken at least 90 contact hours of supervision with counsellors/psychotherapists over a minimum of two years and they are also asked to list the CPD they have undertaken in the past 12 months. In the reflective practice criteria they are asked to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and competence as a supervisor which includes describing their approach to supervision and the theory/knowledge base that underpins their supervision practice.


Feedback from students, September 2019:

“Very informative, good quality content, thought provoking and challenging in a positive way. The guidance for work required is very good. I would highly recommend to other practitioners," Catherine
“Tutors’ knowledge was clear and transmitted in an accessible form. I would recommend this well-structured intensive course to others." Student
“I really want to thank you for making a scary experience enjoyable. It is not easy, once you have practiced for a while, to put yourself out there again. You made it feel safe that we could learn in our own way and at our own pace." MBH
“Tutors had excellent knowledge and were able to give information and answer all questions. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it very informative, useful and thorough” Student
"Delivery was organised and clear, tutors were knowledgeable and experienced in this field. The course exceeded my expectations" Student
“Thank you so much for your knowledge and calm teaching style. I also really appreciated the tutor input and support with assignment and portfolio." Jo
“This course fitted with what I was looking for perfectly. It was fast paced, compacted into three weekends, with additional time to work at home, and I could fit it into my busy schedule. Thought the content of the course was excellent.” Christine
" I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and found it very informative and it exceeded my expectations. Tutors have been available to support us with any issues, questions or concerns we raised about our learning, or around our new roles as qualified supervisors.” FK
“Covered all the aims and objectives. Tutors clearly knowledgeable and skilled. Thank you for being available, calm, kind, reassuring and accessible” T O’C
"Excellent content. So glad I chose this course. Great mix of theory/practice/ individual / group work. Glad it wasn’t just a power point exercise! Support and speed of replies was great. What an enjoyable way to learn!” BF
“I really feel I have learnt a massive amount of information, skills and knowledge about the role. I have enjoyed every weekend and feel quite confident to start to look for supervisees” SR

If you would like further information about this course please see upcoming courses page or contact Lisa to discuss your training needs.

Phone: 0777 300 78 94