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Certificate in Supervision

Programme Leader: Paul Hitchings

This course prepares you for the rewarding role of supervisory work. The practice based emphasis of the course enhances your confidence and competence.

Philosophy of the course

This course is suitable for consultants and supervisors of consultants and supervisors of counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, probation officers and others in the helping professions. The course is based upon an integrative relational approach to supervision and supervisory practice. It is therefore not linked to any particular orientation of counselling or psychotherapy, but rather presents a model of supervision as a discipline in its own right. The course is aimed at practitioners in all different fields of work and with different theoretical approaches to counselling, psychotherapy and other forms of clinical practice. It aims to bring together helping professionals of different orientations so that they can dialogue about both their commonalities and differences in the theory and practice of supervision.

Aims of the training programme

To provide participants with the theoretical basis and practical skills in supervision so that they can practice independently or in professional association as supervisors for practitioners in the helping professions. This standard is equivalent to that required by other professional associations for the accreditation of supervisors.

To create a structured learning experience that provides models or frameworks of working knowledge and skills, resulting in a coherent and cohesive approach to the supervision of trainees or practising professionals.

To develop in participants the supervisory competences as outlined in the ‘The competences framework for supervision’, published by Centre for Outcomes, Research & Effectiveness (CORE) from which will be derived the ‘National Occupational Standards’ for the practice of supervision.

In the light of the seniority of the practitioners generally participating in the course, a particular emphasis is placed on the sharing and exchange of accumulated knowledge and expertise. The diversity of professional backgrounds and theoretical orientations provides a richness of experience, challenge and opportunity to participants.

Objectives for participants:

  • To understand a range of the basic theoretical models of supervision and to be able to compare and contrast them.
  • To build up the systematic skills required of a supervisor in individual, group and organisational settings (the course does not provide instruction about specific therapies).
  • To set up, maintain and terminate a working alliance with supervisees that takes into consideration their learning needs and developmental stage.
  • To develop the ability for evaluating supervisees and writing appropriate reports.
  • To look at appropriate learning styles and to be able to negotiate individual learning needs with supervisees.
  • To monitor the supervisee’s work so that the client is getting the best service possible and the supervisee is developing as a professional person.
  • To evaluate their own supervisory practice generally and in particular in relation to the CORE Competence Framework(s) for Supervision.


The curriculum has been carefully chosen to fulfill the course Aims and Objectives as earlier described. The course content has evolved from relevant texts and research in the area of supervision, as well as our considerable experience in the field. We have made adjustments to both the course content and the structure of the training modules in response to feedback and requests from the participants. We regard this dialogue as an essential part of our training process.

Training Programme Design

Training Course Structure for Certificate

The course has been structured on a 2-day modular basis, spaced approximately monthly to make it more easily possible for professionals, who are not London based, to attend the course. There is a considerable course emphasis on the practice of supervision. To facilitate this there is an opportunity on modules 2 and 6 for live practice on each day of the course. This takes the form, on one of the days in each module, of working in small groups of three or four where live supervision is conducted with feedback from those peers present. On the alternate day of each module, live practice is conducted in a larger group (usually 7 to 9 participants) where supervision of supervision can be practiced and can be received.

Teaching days start promptly at 9.30 and end at 5.30 (5.00 on Sundays)

Tutor: Paul Hitchings

Certificate requirements

Two pieces of written work (each 2000 words) are required, which can be submitted during the course or up to two months after the end of the formal course.

These are:

‘My Philosophy of Supervision’.

An essay relating experience of delivering supervision gained during course practice (or in another setting) to a model(s) of the supervisory process.

Course attendance at all six modules and completion of the written work leads to achievement of the Certificate.

Breakdown of hours

• Tutor course hours 84 hours

• Reading time 80 hours

•Written work 16 hours

Total 180 hours: 

Certificate in Supervision: An Integrative Approach

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