Certificate in Clinical Supervision 2023 – accepting applications now!

The course is designed to provide counsellors, psychotherapists and other professionals working within the helping professions with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills, self-awareness and professional competence to become effective reflective supervisors.

The programme is founded on person-centred principles offering a collaborative, relational approach to supervision and supervisory practice and designed to support the development of practitioners from different theoretical orientations and modalities.  

The course is based on the BACP Curriculum for Counselling Supervision and is designed to prepare participants to apply for accreditation as an individual and group supervisor with BACP.  The course is also informed by Competence Framework for the Supervision of Psychological Therapies (Roth & Pilling 2008).

Course Objectives

To provide participants with a learning environment which offers:

  • a sound theoretical understanding of different models of supervision and the supervisory process
  • the opportunity to practice and develop their supervisory skills
  • the opportunity to integrate theory and skills into their own individual supervisory style
  • the opportunity to reflect on their development with other experienced practitioners
  • the opportunity to develop their understanding of the ethical and professional responsibilities of providing supervision in different contexts through discussion and dialogue with other experienced practitioners
  • the opportunity to gain experience of individual and group supervision within and out with the context of the programme.

Course Structure

This 12-day programme is delivered over six months, consisting of seven modules – five 2-day modules, and two 1-day study days. Modules three and six include an evening and overnight stay at the Conforti Institute in Coatbridge on the Saturday, and the programme will be delivered from Conforti on the Sunday.  Module 4, will be delivered online. In addition to attendance on the programme, participants are expected to provide supervision for a qualified counsellor and to participate in five peer group supervision meetings.

Module One:     Saturday February 11th & Sunday February 12th 9.30 – 4.30

Introductions, the nature and purpose of supervision, establishing the supervisory relationship, individual supervision practice. Developing the supervision Relationship, individual supervision practice

 x 1 Peer Group Supervision Meeting (2½ hours) before March 11th date to be agreed with group

Module Two:     Saturday March 11th & Sunday March 12th 9.30 – 4.30

Models of Supervision, individual Supervision practice. Creating a facilitative group culture, the impact of different modalities, contexts and cultures in group supervision.

 x 1 Peer Group Supervision Meeting before April 1st (2½ hours) date to be agreed with group

Module Three:  Saturday April 1st & Sunday April 2nd 9.30 – 4.30 OVERNIGHT @ CONFORTI ON SATURDAY

Professional Accountability, Ethical responsibilities, Issues and Dilemmas.

Aspects of Supervision: Student Presentations

 x 1 Peer Group Supervision Meeting before May 6th (2½ hours) date to be agreed with group

Module Four:    Saturday May 6th 9.30 – 4.30 PROGRAMME DELIVERED ONLINE

Different mediums for supervision; telephone and video platform supervision

 x 1 Peer Group Supervision Meeting before June 3rd (2½ hours) date to be agreed with groups

Module Five:     Saturday June 3rd & Sunday June 4th 9.30 – 4.30

Presentation and review of audio recordings of supervision session.

Creative Approaches to Supervision, Supervision practice using creative approaches

 x 1 Peer Group Supervision Meeting (2½ hours) before July 1st date to be agreed with group

Module Six:        Saturday July 1st & Sunday July 2nd 9.30 – 4.30 OVERNIGHT @ CONFORTI ON SATURDAY

Review and discussion of Case Studies. Student led supervision themes

Module Seven: Saturday July 15th 9.30-4.30

Presentation of Personal Statement of learning, development and competence

Course Completion


Course Requirements:

  • Attendance of at least 80% of course contact hours, including Peer Group Supervision. (Missed attendance to be made up by an agreed activity with course tutors)
  • Completion of 20 hours of individual clinical supervision offered by you and provided to members of your profession.
  • Completion of a minimum of 12½ hours of peer group supervision
  • Completion of 6 hours of individual supervision for supervision, provided by a supervisor who is independent of the course
  • Successful completion of all course requirements.

Successful completion of all course assignments includes:  

  • Maintenance of a Reflective Journal Work
  • Maintenance and submission of a Clinical Placement Portfolio
  • A presentation about an aspect of supervision to your peers
  • An audio recording of an individual supervision session with a supervisee
  • The submission on a written Case Study reflecting on individual supervision with a supervisee
  • Statement and Presentation of Learning and Development and Assessment of Competence

 Full course attendance and completion of the course assignments will lead to the achievement of a Persona Certificate in Clinical Supervision.

Entry Requirements:

The course expects participants to be able to draw on their own experience of supervised clinical practice and therefore it is important that individuals feel sufficiently competent and grounded in their orientation as a practitioner in order to gain maximum learning and development from the programme.  With this in mind, applicants will have a minimum 3 years of practice. This can include the clinical practice gained during your training to become a practitioner in a helping profession with at least an additional 200 hours of supervised practice gained post qualification. Applicants will also be members of a Professional Association, with relevant indemnity insurance.

Application Process

If you are interested in the programme, please complete the Application Form and forward it to the Persona office, along with the name of someone who knows you in a professional capacity (ideally your supervisor) and is willing to provide a reference.  There is no formal interview process, however, the course tutors may contact applicants if any questions arise from the application form.

Course Fees: £ 1500

This includes a deposit of £100 to secure a place on the programme and all residential fees.  Payment plan is available here.

Closing date for applications is Monday January 30th 2023

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