‘Diploma in Clinical Supervision’

Training for Counsellors & Psychotherapists

This course has been granted Advanced Specialist Training status with the National Counselling Society



Lead Facilitator: Lesley Wilson MSc., FHEA, P.G. Dip., Diploma, MBACP (Accred.) NCS (Accred.)


Who is the course for?

Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists working in Private, Public and Voluntary Sectors who want to use supervision skills, explored unconscious processes and mature the innate qualities required to work in this field. This is a very practical course which recognises the value of the inherent qualities required to encourage skills development, professional discipline, self awareness and theoretical understanding. 


Aims of the Course

  • To enable participants to explore and develop supervision skills.
  • To  provide an opportunity to examine two theoretical supervision models, along with the core supervision competancies and these might apply within clinical practice. 
  • To encourage each participant to discover the impact of unconscious processes and psychological dynamics which emerge within the therapeutic arena. 
  • To provide an opportunity for participants to look at early and current research material
  • To offer each participant the opportunity to practice their supervisory skills and critically analyse these processes in a safe setting.
  • To encourage participants’ to reflect upon their own work role and workplace setting.


What are the main theoretical models?

The course will explore two models of supervision, Hawkins and Shohet (2012) and Page and Wosket (2001). It will also examine research which looks at the efficacy of clinical and process supervision. Students will have the opportunity to select their preferred model or alternatively develop their own way of working as a supervisor.


How is the course run?

This is a cooperative course offering support and challenge for participants. There will be workshop activities, tutorials, skills development, reflection on and in practice, analysis of working practice and self, and peer and facilitator assessment. The atmosphere will be conducive to adult learning, encompassing the philosophy of Carl Rogers in relation to teaching and learning. It will be based in a comfortable environment. There is recognition that course participants will bring a wealth of personal and professional experiences to the course which will be used sensitively within the group to allow personal and professional learning to take place.


What are the entry requirements?

The course requires participants to hold a professional qualification which will be in Counselling, Psychotherapy or Coaching. They will also have been in post qualified practice for a minimum of three years within their professional field. Prospective participants will be required to participate in a telephone interview process. 


How is the course structured?

The course is composed of two modules. Module One has to be successfully completed before students can progress to Module Two. The will be two review days and a day with an optional day with an outside Speaker. 



What is the assessment processes?


Module 1


1. a 1000 word assignment on their understanding of their supervisory practice and how they are integrating their learning

2. a recorded supervision session selecting 10 minutes of same to transcribe and to write a 2000 word analysis.

3. begin a portfolio of evidence. This portfolio will evidence: participation in group-work; skills work including self, peer and facilitator assessment; reflective journal and developing self-awareness.


Module 2

1. 2,000 words essay on a question they have about supervision. OR 2,000 a word case study evidences an understanding of clinical and process work within supervision and areas for ethical consideration            

2. a recording (with transcript) and 2,000 essay which explains the process of a supervision session with a current supervisee.  The essay will be support by theoretical material learned so far.

3. 1,000 A personal learning statement of training to date and viva

4.  completed portfolio of evidence




What qualification will be achieved*?

On successful completion, on completion of Module One and Two, students will be awarded the Diploma in Supervision - Advanced Specialist Training Status.



What will be expected of participants?

Course participants will be required to actively participate in the course which involves individual work, self-awareness exercises, group work, reflection, experiential work, working in pairs and triads for skills assessment.   Students will also be required to have a minimum of 80% attendance, (the first week-end is mandatory) to successfully complete the assessment process.


Where is the course based?

The course is based in Pendle, East Lancashire.


Length of the course:

Module One will require participants to meet one weekend each month for three months, followed by a review day and a day with an external speaker.

Module Two will also require participants to meet one weekend each month for three months, followed by a review day and a final viva


When will the course run?

Module One:   23rd /24th March 2019                            Module Two:   September 2019

                            27th &28th April 2019                                                         October 2019

                           18th & 19th May 2019                                                           November 2019 

                                                                                                          ( dates will be agreed with the student cohort)


ne 11th & 12th March 2017 Module Two (dates to be confirmed when

What is the cost?

Module One - £890

Module Two - £890

Cost includes all refreshments as well as course materials.

£100 non-refundable deposit is required for each module.

The price includes overnight accommodation.


Who will facilitate the course?

The course is facilitated by two qualified trainers. The first is Lesley Wilson who is a Psychotherapist and BACP Accredited Counsellor, qualified IAPT Counselling for Depression Practitioner, Qualified Supervisor and Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire. She has over 20 years’ experience in the field of psychological therapies, and an extensive background of working as a counsellor and supervisor in a variety of settings including health care, women’s centres, education and private practice.


The second trainer who will facilitate this course is Mary Kinsella, who initially qualified within the Nursing profession before training as a Counsellor. She worked within the NHS for over 35 years. Mary has been involved with training in a variety of settings for over 40 years. She worked as a Counsellor 10 years, the main areas of her work have included Palliative/Hospice Care, General Practice and working in a large NHS Trust as a Bereavement Counsellor.


We are now taking applications for this course which will start in March 2019.

If you are interested and would like to find out more about the Diploma, please contact Joan Shepherd for an application form, on receipt of this Lesley Wilson, the Course Facilitator will contact you for an informal discussion about this training and answer any questions you may have.


Further information:

Joan Shepherd

Telephone: 07467 196285


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