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  • Objectives
    On successful completion of the course, students should have gained competencies in a wide range of professional knowledge, skills and self-development relevant to the practice of counselling. These include: • Sustain a supervision session with a supervisee at a professionally competent level of supervisory effectiveness. • Offer a range of interventions taking into account the stage of the supervisory relationship and the stage of the supervisee’s development. • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the function and aims of supervision. • Know and be able to discuss critically relevant theory. • Demonstrate understanding of different models of supervision. • Understand the significance of the organisational or agency context of supervision. • Be aware of the importance of ongoing support and consultation for the supervisor. • Read and critically assess published research, understanding the need to provide an evidence-base for counselling. • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical, legal and professional issues relevant to supervision.
  • Entry requirements
    This course is open to applicants who already have a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and who are qualified counsellors with a minimum of years of counselling experience. Applicants for the course are expected to have had some experience of counselling supervision. Candidates are likely to come from a range of occupational backgrounds in the social, health, educational and related sectors. Applicants must show appropriate motivation and commitment for participation in a course which combines experiential learning and academic study. Applicants must be willing to comply with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Certificate Counselling Supervision
  • Course description
    Part-Time study


    The Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision is a one year part-time course designed to provide training in supervision for people who have substantial counselling or psychotherapy experience and who are either actively working in a supervisory capacity or are about to start practising supervision.The programme familiarises students with the theory and practice of counselling supervision and develops their skills in this area.

    In addition, students will develop a range of transferable skills relevant to professional employment, for example, written, oral and visual communication skills, numeracy, information technology, team working, problem-solving, information handling, research and learning to learn.

    Course Structure and Content

    The course comprises one 60-credit module at level , successful completion of which leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate.

    The course lasts for one academic year (two semesters) involving 8, two-day sessions of attendance at Keele University plus private study time. A minimum of 12 hours supervision of one client must be completed, as well as a minimum of 8 sessions of supervision of their supervisory work. The attendance requirement will be 2 days a month on a Friday and Saturday from October to June. The School of Psychology may be contacted for exact dates.

    The primary objective of the course is to familiarise students with the theory and practice of supervision and to develop their skills in this area. The model of teaching will be a mixture of theoretical input and experiential participation.

    Course Modules

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Learning styles in training and supervision
    • The supervisee’s perspective
    • The supervisory relationship
    • Models of supervision
    • The concept of counsellor development
    • The concept of supervisor development
    • Tasks of supervision
    • Strategies and interventions
    • Organisational and contextual factors
    • Transference/counter-transference/parallel process
    • Values and ethics in relation to supervision
    • Issues of difference in supervision
    • Group supervision – methods and goals
    • The use of audio-visual equipment in supervision
    • Problems in supervision
    • Endings in supervision
    • Evaluations and assessment in supervision


    Assessment is through self, peer and tutor assessment, using a variety of formats, including essays, and audiotaped transcripts of sessions. There are no examinations.

    To achieve the award of Postgraduate Certificate, students must achieve a minimum of 50% in the module. In addition, 100% attendance is expected, unless students are able to offer evidence of good cause for absence, and at least 70% is required to gain the award.

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