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Delivered by a combination of distance learning and experiential weekends, the part-time Postgraduate Diploma Consultative Supervision has an excellent reputation as a comprehensive training package for continuing professional development, covering both the practical and theoretical aspects of consultative supervision.

The curriculum follows the criteria outlined in the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) supervision framework. You will also complete 40 hours supervision practice.

You’ll develop a broad toolkit enabling you to deliver effective, ethical, and creative supervision across professions, and find that your own reflective practice is deepened by your engagement with these models and methods.

You can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma or continue to complete the MA degree, which consists of project managing a community-based intervention or developing a unique research study.

What you will study

The Postgraduate Diploma Consultative Supervision places emphasis on evidenced-based practice and pays close attention to the criteria outlined in the BACP curriculum framework for counselling supervision training. There is also an option to study the specific skills needed to supervise practitioners working with children and young people.

Individual supervision - 20 credits

  • On this module you will develop a broad toolkit of strategies, models, and theories to offer individual supervision. You'll understand and practice how to structure supervision, how to work with all the key relationship dynamics at play, and how to practice ethically and safely.

Group supervision - 20 credits

  • This module will help you to adapt your personal models of supervision to work sensitively and ethically with issues relating to diversity, with groups and the different mediums through which supervision is now being offered. You'll try out a variety of fun and fascinating creative methods, including sand-tray, collage, sculpting, and mindfulness approaches, to deepen your skills and knowledge.

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, you will choose one optional module from the following list:

Supervision research and supervision at an organisational level - 20 credits

  • This module will resource you with specific knowledge and confidence to manage and heal complex organisational issues, team cultures, and the systems that encompass your context, and that of your supervisees. You'll also evaluate the usefulness of evidence-based practice in order to apply the principles to your own practice.

Supervision research and supervision of therapeutic work with children and young people - 20 credits

  • You will be introduced to the systemic, ethical, legal, safeguarding and mental health issues in therapeutic work with children and young people as well ways in which developmental issues can be explored in order to improve the health and functioning of both the supervisee and the young people they work with. This module will also help you evaluate the usefulness of research and evidence-based practice in order to apply the principles to your own practice.

Students may choose to exit the course or continue to complete the MA Consultative Supervision course by conducting an innovative supervision project in the community, in an organisation of your choice. You'll devise, deliver, and evaluate a project that meets a genuine need, and develop your own career as a project manager and innovative practitioner.

Teaching

This is a blended learning course, involving preparatory reading and distance learning, and seven experiential teaching blocks, in which you will explore and play with powerful reflective techniques and approaches.

The current teaching days run from 9.30-4.30pm on 20, 21 and 22 September; 2 and 3 November; 14 and 15 December 2018; 25 and 26 January 2019; 22 and 23 February 2019; 22 and 23 March 2019; 5 and 6 April 2019.

On the block teaching sessions, you will have workshops that demonstrate creative approaches to practice, skills practice in small groups and group presentations. This serves to consolidate your learning from your practice in the field.

Assessment

You will be assessed by one recording of a real supervision session with analysis, a file of evidence containing your reflective learning from home study packs, one 3,000 word essay and two 1,500 word essays, two skills observations and one group presentation.

Placements

Students on the Postgraduate Diploma Consultative Supervision course are required to gain supervision experience through going on placement or taking on a new role of supervisor for their professional organisations. Students are required to fulfil 40 hours supervision practice (including individual & group supervision) evidenced by a supervisor’s report. You are responsible for finding yourself a suitable placement, with guidance form the course leader.

Supervision placements may be available (by application/interview) in SWCAP, the USW counselling service for the local community which operates from the University counselling clinic facilities.

Careers

Previous graduates have found employment in local counselling agencies, the NHS, education establishments, and with USW counselling services. Many graduates have also expanded their private practice to include supervision. Students can choose to apply for the final Masters research and dissertation stage. See MA Consultative Supervision for more information. There may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, both at the University of South Wales and other UK Universities.


Visit the PGDip Consultative Supervision page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

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