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This postgraduate course offers training in the skills and theoretical awareness that are necessary to be an effective supervisor of counsellors and psychotherapists.

The course is structured to provide the opportunity to critically evaluate and apply current models in the theory and practice of counselling supervision. You will develop the appropriate skills to become a more effective and informed counselling supervisor and will be able to reflect on current issues that relate to counselling supervision practice.

The course is delivered over six days of six hours duration (36 hours contact). The teaching is based on lecture, discussion, tutorials and small group discussions. It will also involve experiential work with dyadic/triadic group work and visual digital recording. Students will have formative assessment feedback from the course tutors during ‘live’ supervision sessions from within the student cohort.


This course offers a progression route onto the following course: MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy.


The content of the course encompasses the following:

  • What is counselling supervision?
  • The role of the supervisor
  • The supervision contract
  • The tasks of supervision (Michael Carroll); implications for practice
  • Process model (Hawkins & Shohet); implications for practice
  • The Cyclical model (Page & Woskett); implications for practice
  • The developmental process of the supervisee
  • The authority of the supervisor
  • What do we need research for in supervision?
  • Developing a personal philosophy of supervision
  • Parallel process
  • BACP ethical framework and its implications for supervision
  • Wrestling with ethical dilemmas that may arise in supervision
  • Culture within supervision
  • What might supervisees withhold in supervision?
  • Creative approaches to supervision
  • Developing practice


On successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Critically analyse and appraise current models of, and issues within, supervision
  • Make informed ethical, practical and theoretical judgements within the context of supervision
  • Demonstrate applied knowledge and practice of the processes involved in supervision

Visit the Supervision of Counselling and Psychotherapy - Certificate page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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