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Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision

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School of Psychology, Keele University, Keele, ST5 5BG, Staffordshire, United Kingdom


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.

Aims of the Course

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 ability to:

• 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

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.

Entry Requirements

This course is open to applicants who already have a

Graduate or Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and who are qualified

counsellors with a minimum of 3 years of counselling

experience. They must be a member of a professional body that has a professional conduct procedure (e,g, The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)) and have arrangements in place to supervise a minimum of two .supervisees for a minimum of 6 sessions each.

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.

Course Structure and Content

The course comprises one 60-credit module at level 4,

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. The School

of Psychology may be contacted for exact dates.A minimum of 12 hours

supervision of two counsellors must be completed, as well as a

minimum of 8 sessions of supervision of their supervisory


The primary objective of the course is to familiarise students

with the theory and practice of counselling supervision and to develop

their skills in this area. The model of teaching will be a

mixture of theoretical input and experiential participation.

Indicative 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 tutor assessment using

a variety of formats, including essays and audio-taped/

transcribed sessions. There are no examinations.

To achieve the award of Postgraduate Certificate, students

must achieve a minimum of 50% in each assessed element of the module, including an

audio-taped, transcribed and evaluated session. In addition,

100% attendance is expected, unless students are able to

offer evidence of good cause for absence, and at least 70%

attendance is required to gain the award.


Most students will be self-funded, though some may receive

a contribution to their fees from their employers.

Career Destination Information

All practising counsellors need clinical supervision. This

qualification will enable supervisors to indicate their

competence in this field.

Postgraduate Taught Course Opportunities



£1600 for 2011/12 ( Tuition Fees for 2012/13 "subject to review")

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