Certificate in Clinical Supervision 2021 – Application process closed

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

The programme is designed to be delivered either in-person or online. Given the current situation with the pandemic, we anticipate that the programme will begin online, but as soon as it is possible to do so, we will expect participants to attend the training in person at the TCS Centre in Coatbridge. The programme is delivered over six months, consisting of five modules delivered over ten days. Four modules are delivered over a weekend and one module is delivered on two separate Saturdays. Students will also be expected to arrange and participate in five Peer Group Supervision meetings during the programme.

Module One:    The nature and purpose of Supervision, different models of Supervision, establishing the Supervisory Relationship

Saturday February 13th & Sunday February 14th 9.30 – 4.30

February x 1 Peer Group Supervision Meeting date to be agreed with participants


Module Two:    Developing the Supervision Relationship: the phases, dynamics and processes of individual and group supervision

Saturday March 13th & Sunday March 14th 9.30 – 4.30

March x 1 Peer Group Supervision Meeting date to be agreed with participants

April x 1 Peer Group Supervision Meeting date to be agreed with participants


Module Three:   Professional Accountability in different contexts and settings AND Ethical Responsibilities in different contexts and settings:

Saturday May 8th 9.30 – 4.30 AND Saturday May 22nd 9.30 – 4.30

May x 1 Peer Group Supervision Meeting date to be agreed with participants


Module Four:   Working with difference and diversity: different cultures and modalities in individual and group supervision  

Saturday June 12th & Sunday June 13thth 9.30 – 4.30

June x 1 Peer Group Supervision Meeting date to be agreed with participants


Module Five:     Reflective Practice and Clinical Competence: Review of Case Studies and assessment of competence  

Saturday July 10th & Sunday July 11th 9.30 – 4.30


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 clinical supervision offered by you and provided to members of your profession, which should include a minimum of 12 hours  individual supervision and a minimum of  four hours group supervision

Completion of a minimum of 12 hours of peer supervision practice

Completion of 6 hours of individual supervision for supervision, provided by a supervisor who is independent of the course

The successful completion of all course assignments:

  • Maintenance of a Reflective Journal Work
  • Clinical Placement Portfolio
  • Audio Recording of an individual supervision session
  • A written Case Study
  • Statement and Presentation of Learning and 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.

Application process for 2021 now closed

Course Fees: £ 1100.00.  (This includes a deposit of £100.00 to secure a place on the programme)

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