Diploma in Supervision


This course has received glowing ratings from previous participants. It focuses on evidence-based supervisory practice and is co-creative training at its best. Most importantly, it allows you to develop a reflective supervision style within your own theoretical frame and across other approaches, disciplines, and mediums (e.g. face-to-face, online and telephone supervision). You will qualify with a Diploma in Supervision.

You will be working in small groups where you bring your existing clinical experience for an enjoyable, interactive learning experience, ensuring that you explore every aspect of this dynamic, essential and sometimes challenging role.

Who is the course for?

Aimed at those who feel ready to undertake the next step in their professional development and meet the challenges of a supervisory role, this course is suitable for counsellors, psychotherapists, teachers, mental health workers, medical staff, social workers, consultants, and others in the helping professions.

This course has been developed to reflect BACP and UKCP standards for supervisory training. It is particularly valuable preparation for those moving towards BACP and UKCP accredited status and for Transactional Analysis practitioners wishing to become a PTSTA post qualification as a Certified Transactional Analyst.

How will the course be structured?

Set over six weekends, Patrick and Anita will adopt a blended learning approach: face-to-face contact complemented by some preparation for sessions through pre-reading and pre-session tasks. They will use participative methods: large group discussion and small group experiential exercises. Thoughts, observations, questioning and critique are encouraged. Additionally, there is a strong focus on the practice of supervision and training for the skills involved. The course will also embrace ‘live’ supervision practice sessions with peer and tutor feedback.

You will be expected to undertake 40 hours of supervision under the guidance of a consultative supervisor as part of the course to integrate theory into practice and practise your supervisory skills.

Your training embraces a wide range of theoretical models of supervision, supervisory tasks, values, ethics, codes of professional practice, legal issues, the treat/teach boundary, handling safety and risk, diversity, and equal opportunities. We want you to feel prepared to supervise those with different levels of experience and to adapt your style to facilitate different learning styles and needs.

What does it cover?

  • The supervisory relationship and what makes for ‘effective’ supervision.
  • Developing a working alliance with supervisees
  • Establishing and managing an ongoing supervisory contract.
  • Examining different styles of supervision
  • The main developmental models of supervision to understand the ‘task’ and competencies.
  • Handling Fitness to Practice issues
  • Raising and discussing issues of importance, including ethics, boundaries, diversity, disability, culture, and organisational sensitivities
  • Working with the unconscious process: transference, countertransference, and parallel process
  • Different modes of supervision (e.g. one-to-one and group)
  • Long-term versus short-term supervision
  • Safety and assessment of risk
  • Creative Supervision
  • Supporting supervisees through accreditation and qualification.

Assessment and qualification requirements

  • Attendance on all 12 days of the formal training

  • I x Micro teach on the supervisory subject of your choice.

  • I x Group assessment of a live recording.

  • Forty hours of supervision overseen by 10 hours of consultative supervision

  • 1 x 3000 word Case Study.

  • Additional subject-specific reading will be required throughout the course.

You can meet the assessments to suit your timetable, as long as they are completed within one year from the commencement of the course.

What outcomes can I expect?

At the end of the course, you can practice as a supervisor within your professional field or approach. You will have developed a network of peers to support you in your supervisory practice. On successful completion, you will be awarded a Connexus Institute Diploma in Supervision with 120 hours of CPD as part of our ‘Ongoing Professional Development’ programme.

Please note: payment plans are available – contact us for more details.

Oct 2024 to Mar 2025

Length: Six weekends across six months

Times: Saturdays and Sundays 9:30 to 16:30

Mode: Face-to-Face

Dates for this course are:

  • 19 &20 Oct 2024
  • 16 & 17 Nov 
  • 14 & 15 Dec 
  • 18 & 19 Jan 2025
  • 15 & 16 Feb
  • 15 & 16 March

Cost: £2,400 (inclusive of VAT)

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Meet the course leaders

Patrick Brook

BA (Hons), DELTA, MA, Dip.Couns, Dip Sup, CTA(P), TSTA(P), UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Supervisor. Patrick is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and supervisor, a Certified Transactional Analyst, CTA (P), a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst, TSTA (P) and an NCS Senior Accredited counsellor and supervisor. As well as being the academic director of Connexus Institute, Patrick has a private psychotherapy and supervision practice in Brighton and Hove. He integrates his work as a psychotherapist into his work as a Director and has written and delivered a number of workshops on themes supporting healthier organisational dynamics.

Anita Webster

Anita was an associate lecturer in a University and has several years’ experience of running personal and professional development groups. She has a BA (Hons) in the Humanities, an MSC in Psychotherapy and has an interest in working creatively and has recently undertaken a Practitioner Certificate in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. Anita runs a private practice in East Grinstead and is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and supervisor, a Certified Transactional Analyst, and a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst. She has a Diploma in Relational Supervision.

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