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 Advanced Diploma in Clinical Supervision

An overview.

The Advanced Diploma in Clinical Supervision, has been given Advanced Specialist training recognition by the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCS). Based in Pendle, Lancashire, the course is available to qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, combines theoretical and experiential learning, giving participants a robust framework to be an ethical and effective Clinical Supervision practitioner.
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 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 who want to use supervision skills, explore unconscious processes and mature the innate qualities required to work in this field.

When does the course begin?

We are currently taking applications for September/October 2023.

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 is composed of two modules.  Module 1 has to be successfully completed before students can progress to Module 2.   

Course  participants will be required to actively participate in the course which involves individual work, self-awareness exercises, group work, reflection, experiential work and working in pairs and triads for skills assessment and self-directed study..  

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


What the course looks like.

Where is the course based?

Pendle, East Lancashire

How is the course delivered?

This is a co-operative 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 deemed appropriate to 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 learning.  There will be workshop activities, tutorials, skills development, reflection on and in practice, analysis of working practice and self, plus peer and facilitator assessment.  Learning is demonstrated through portfolio and assignment work.

The atmosphere will be conducive to adult learning, whilst also 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 experience to the course which will be used sensitively within the group to allow personal and professional learning to take place.

Length of the course:

This course is delivered in two modules, running over approximately 12 months.  It includes:​

  • Six weekends of training and experiential learning, mostly in the form of residential workshops.

  • Occasional online experiential learning and training to provide you with skills for e-supervision.

  • An additional day of professional development with an external speaker about the practice of Supervision. 

  • Two review days (one for each module).


The assessment process:

Module 1

  1. 1000 word assignment personal statement.

  2. 1000 word assignment on their understanding of their supervisory practice and how they are integrating their learning

  3. A recorded supervision session selecting 10 minutes of the same to transcribe, with a 2000 word analysis

  4. A research presentation to peers and facilitators of an area of interest

  5. A portfolio of evidence of participation to include: group-work; skills work including self, peer and facilitator assessment; reflective journal and developing self-awareness.


Module 2

  1.  2000 word essay on a question they have about supervision OR a 2000 word case study evidencing an understanding of clinical and process work within supervision and areas of ethical consideration

  2. A recording (with transcript) and 2000 word essay which explains the process of a supervision session with a current supervisee.  The essay will be supported by theoretical material learned so far.

  3. 1000 word personal learning statement of training to date and viva

  4. Completed portfolio of evidence



What is the cost?

Autumn 2023: £2500.

Cost includes all refreshments, overnight accommodation (for full weekend sessions), course materials and attendance to the one-day keynote speaker event, all assessments and certification.

A non-refundable deposit is required for each module.  This deposit will be deducted from the cost of the module.

*  The payment for each module can be made over instalments.  This can be discussed in the application interview.

*  A 5% early bird discount is available for early acceptance of a place on the course.  Further details are available on the enquiry.

Additional costs:

Books, although there are books that you may want to borrow, we recommend you purchase your own copies of the core textbooks.

Supervision for your supervisory practice.

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.

Do you have more questions?

It would be impossible to answer everything on these pages so we would be happy to have a conversation to address any other questions that you have.  Therefore, please get in touch by by using the link below or from our contact page.  

Click here to begin your application.

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