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Training for counsellors. Training, development, courses, qualification and CPD in Lancashire.
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 Advanced Diploma in Clinical Supervision

An overview.

The advanced diploma in clinical supervision has received advanced specialist training recognition by the National Counselling and Psychotherapist Society (NCPS).

Based in Blackburn, Lancashire the courses available to qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. It combines theoretical and experiential learning, giving participants a robust framework to be an ethical and effective clinical supervision practitioner who collaborates with Counsellors, Psychotherapists and other helping professionals.

Please note that this course alone is not in and of itself a route to the Society’s Accredited Register nor does it guarantee a change in Registrant Grade for a Registrant Members nor does it guarantee a higher entry level of Registrant Grade on application to the Society.

Who is this course for?

Professional counsellors and or psychotherapists working in private, public and voluntary sectors he wants to use supervision skills, explore unconscious processes and mature the innate qualities needed to work in this field.

When does the course begin?

We are currently taking applications for September 2024.

Aims of the course.

This is a practical and experiential course which recognises the inherent qualities required to encourage skills and development, professional discipline, self-awareness and theoretical understanding.  On completion of this course you will be a qualified Clinical Supervisors able to work with helping professionals in 1:1 and group settings across a range of settings.  The learning aims are:

  • To enable participants to explore and develop supervision skills

  • To provide an opportunity to examine two theoretical models of supervision, along with the core supervision competencies and how these might apply within clinical practice

  • To encourage each participant to discover the impact of unconscious processes and psychological dynamics which emerge within therapeutic work

  • To provide participants the opportunity to look at early and current research material

  • To offer the opportunity to practice supervisory skills and critically analyse these processes in a safe setting

  • To encourage participants to reflect upon their own work role and workplace setting

What are the main theoretical models?

Page and Wosket (2015)

Hawkins and McMahon (2020)


What are the entry requirements?

The course requires participants to hold a professional qualification in Counselling or Psychotherapy and they will have been in post qualified practice for a minimum of three years within their professional field.

Prospective participants will be required to engage in an interview process.

What will be expected of participants?

The course involves individual work, group work, self-awareness exercises, reflective practise, experiential work, working in pairs and triads, skills assessments and self-directed study. Evidence will contribute towards assignments and a portfolio.

A minimum of 80% attendance is needed to successfully complete the assessment process.


What the course looks like.

Where is the course based?

The course is delivered from a dedicated experiential learning centre at Training for Counsellors, Haydock House, Haydock Mews, Blackburn, Lancashire.

How long is the course?

This course is delivered over a 12-month academic year. Training dates are as follows:

  • Saturday 7 September 2024

  • Saturday 21 September 2024

  • Saturday 12 October 2024

  • Saturday 9 November 2024

  • Saturday 7 December 2024


  • Saturday 11 January 2025

  • Saturday 8 February 2025

  • Saturday 8 March 2025

  • Saturday 5 April 2025

  • Saturday 10 May 2025

  • Saturday 14 June 2025

  • Saturday 5 July 2025

  • No session in August

  • Saturday 14 September 2025


Most training days will begin at 9:30 AM and finish at 8:00 PM.

There will be a further supervisor’s CPD day with dates to be decided based on speaker availability.

How is the course delivered?

This is a cooperative course offering support and challenge for students using a combination of in person learning in a comfortable environment and a small amount of online learning as is considered proper to the curriculum.

We pride ourselves on being able to offer the training in intimate settings so that every person attending the course has the space to learn in ways in which they can gain most benefit. There will be workshop activities, tutorials, skills development, reflection on and in practise, analysis of working practise, self, peer and facilitator assessment.

Learning is proven through portfolio and assignment work.

The atmosphere is conducive to adult learning and encompassing the philosophy of Carl Rogers in relation to teaching and learning. There is recognition that course participants will bring a wealth of personal and professional knowledge and experience with them. This will be used sensitively within the group to allow personal and professional learning to take place.

​What is the assessment process?

  • Personal statement – 1000-words

  • Essay: your understanding of supervisory practise - 1000 words

  • 2000-word analysis of a recorded supervision session with 10 minutes transcription

  • Knowledge sharing

  • Essay: a question you have about supervision - 2000 words

  • 2000-word analysis of a recorded supervision session with 10 minutes transcription

  • Personal learning statement 1000 words

  • Completed portfolio of evidence



What is the cost?

The cost of this course for autumn 2024 to autumn 2025 is £2500. Agreements for payment by instalments is possible.

Cost includes course materials attendance, attendance to 1-day keynote speaker event, all assessments and certification.

Are there any other costs?

We recommend that you buy your own copies of the core textbooks.

Supervision for your supervisory practise - 8 hours in total.

About the facilitators/assessors.

Samantha Crapnell MA CPP, MBACP, MNCS (Accred), Assoc. CIPD

Sam is a qualified and experienced Clinical Supervisor, Therapeutic Counsellor, Executive Coach and Training Facilitator.  As a clinical supervisor, she works with helping professions from a range of settings including private practice and charitable organisations.  Therapeutically, she enjoys working with adults and young people and has experience in Private Practice and Education.  Sam combines her previous experience as a Learning and Development Officer with her experience as a counsellor and supervisor to design and deliver competency focused CPPD.  She is currently working towards a Professional Doctorate with the University of Chester with a special interest in the continuing personal and professional learning and development of counsellors and supervisors. 

Claire Hasting MA, MSc, BSc, MNCS (Accred), MBACP

Claire is an MA qualified Integrative Psychotherapist with a specialty in working with addiction.  Claire managed a counselling service within an addiction setting for 5 years after training at the University of Central Lancashire between 2012 and 2015.  In addition, Claire is a qualified Clinical Supervisor and runs a small private practice, where she enjoys working with student and newly qualified counsellors.  Claire currently works as a lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire; teaching on the BSc pluralistic counselling course in addition to the MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.  Claire lives in Preston with her husband and two young sons.

Cath Collins MSc, BA (Hons), MNCS (Accred), MBACP (Accred)

Cath holds an MSC in Integrative Psychotherapy and has been in private practice as a therapist working with adults and couples, for over 20 years.  She began her counselling career in the Employee Assistance Programme sector, and then practiced as a counsellor in an IAPT NHS mental health team for 15 years.  She provides clinical supervision for helping professionals
and therapists in a range of settings, and at all career stages, from trainees to advanced practitioners.  Cath has also worked as a facilitator in corporate settings, using her knowledge, and experience, to enable people to develop self care strategies
in a fun and experiential style.  She has a special interest in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship and in embodied psychotherapy.  Cath loves music, walking and travel. She has a special love for her camper van.

What next?

For further contact and or to apply, please complete the contact form or email Sam on


Click here to complete the contact form and begin your application.

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