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Advanced Diploma in Suprevision

Advanced Diploma Clinical Supervision

Validated by Middlesex University
Designed by Prof. Michael Carroll

The working life of a counsellor, psychotherapist, social/youth worker, psychologist, nurse or indeed anyone in today’s caring professions, is both challenging and demanding. To do these jobs well, support in the form of supervised practice has become an important component of professional practice. Indeed, in the field of counselling and psychotherapy, supervisors are considered gatekeepers of the profession essentially, ensuring the standards and supports necessary for the protection of vulnerable people, providing active support of the helping professional and creating an environment in which the supervisee’s growth and wellbeing become a key focus of the therapeutic triad (client, supervisee, supervisor). This one-year programme is designed to train experienced practitioners within the health and social care domain to provide supportive, educational and managerial supervisory skills which they can bring to private practice or their workplace setting.




This programme is designed to train existing professionals in the health and social care fields (e.g. counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers, youth workers, psychologists, nurses etc.) to supervise the work of other professionals. If you want to help other practitioners to thrive in difficult environments, improve your own skills as a practitioner and contribute to your organisation and/or profession, then this course may be of interest to you.



Once you graduate, you can immediately apply to IACP or other accreditation bodies for accreditation as a one-to-one supervisor either in private practice or in an organisational setting. Supervision has many roles, which will, to a large degree, be determined by the format or forum within which the supervisor is practising. But in general, our vision of the role can be collectively defined thus: to bring objectivity to what can be a very subjective experience for the supervisee, to bring structure to what at times seems like an unstructured process e.g. counselling/psychotherapy, to bring clarity to what may be unclear and to bring kindness, support, strategies and vision to the inevitable isolation and self-doubt suffered by most health and social care professionals at some stage of their careers.


"What is supervision? Like all ‘identity questions’ this one is asked within developmental contexts—it is not easy to freeze supervision and capture it in words that last forever. Rather than ask what supervision is, perhaps we should ask: how do we build on what supervision has been in order to provide trainees, professionals and professions with what they need to do their jobs better."    Prof Michael Carroll.

Course Details



Venue: Live Online Classes


The classes will be delivered as live online lessons via Microsoft Teams, which is a platform built on Office 365. It is a secure platform and follows the compliance capabilities.

Students will have peer support for the online classes, as we continue to engage with our students in the creation of knowledge and have maintained connectivity within groups and a safe sharing space in the learning environment. 


Next Start Date: October 2020


Accreditation: Validated by Middlesex University and meeting requirements for  BACP / IACP for accreditation.


Assessment: Two written essays plus one Viva (assessment of supervisory skills in clinical context).

Award: Middlesex University Advanced Diploma Clinical Supervision*
Level: Level 6 FHEQ (Comparable to Level 8 NFQ)



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"I found the course both challenging and enjoyable, with a great balance of academic and experiential components. In particular the experiential work, including the opportunity to receive immediate feedback on my supervisory skills and approach was an invaluable learning tool”. Read graduate Ann Marie Quigley's short profile on her experiences of the course

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  • Orientation Weekend
  • Theories and Skills of Clinical Supervision
  • Ethical and Professional Issues in Supervision
  • Group Supervision in Theory and Practice
  • 25 Hours of Supervised Clinical Practice (internal to the programme)


Additional Course Requirements:

  • 25 hours of external, one-to-one clinical supervision practice in a placement suitable to effective practice (may be one’s own private practice or in an existing organisation)
  • 7 hours of clinical supervision of the student’s supervisory practice
    (with a supervisor acceptable to the student’s target accrediting body e.g. IACP, IAHIP, BACP etc.)




Assessment: Two written essays plus one Viva (assessment of supervisory skills in a clinical context).



What will you learn?



Our programme underpins professional clinical supervision practice by employing a training approach which encompasses theories and models of supervision, developing applied supervisory skills and building on your own existing personal and professional knowledge. The programme is designed to harness theoretical and experiential learning in service of contemporary clinical supervision best practice. In addition to 25 hours of clinical supervision practice built into the programme itself, there are an added 25 hours of external supervised clinical supervision practice. On completion of the programme, graduates will be able to work in one-to-one as well as group supervision contexts. Participants are required to contract with a clinical supervisor (appropriate to their accrediting body or similar) for a minimum of 7 hours of supervision as they train to become clinical supervisors themselves.



Career Potential



Graduates of the Advanced Diploma Clinical Supervision will be qualified to practice as a professional supervisor, working with individual supervisees in a one-to-one and group contexts in private practice and/or organisational settings. Career opportunities may include private practice, work with state and voluntary organisations, mental health organisations, social care providers, business and any environment whereby clinical supervision is provided or required in those professions. This programme can be effectively integrated with any qualification that students have already achieved. Note: qualification is no guarantee of accreditation. Students are advised to verify accreditation eligibility requirements of their target accrediting body before applying to this programme. The course meets the criteria for accreditation with the IACP for qualified counsellors/psychotehrapists.


Learning Outcomes:

  • To review, understand and critically reflect on theories of clinical supervision.
  • To understand developmental models of supervision and be able to apply them in supervision practice.
  • To isolate tasks, functions and roles of supervision and learn how to work with them in actual supervision sessions.
  • To learn the skills of being a supervisor and be able to implement them in work with supervisees.
  • To be able to help supervisees use supervision effectively.
  • To be aware of how individuals and groups learn and how to use experiential learning as a basis for learning in supervision.
  • To work with supervisees in one-to-one and group settings.
  • To be ethically aware and to have learned a process of ethical decision - making in supervision.
  • To learn the skills of reflexivity.
  • To be able to set up, contract for, maintain and terminate a supervisory arrangement effectively.
  • To be able to give and receive feedback.
  • To write clear and honest supervisory reports.
  • To be sensitive to the impact of organisations on supervision practice. 


What our Students Say

Loved it really interesting. Excellent, way better than i thought it would be.
Sinead Mullins

What our Students Say

"Blend of theory and experiential is very good, Role plays facilitated much learning, very supportive learning space; I was pleased to see exploration of broad scope of Lifespan Developmental theory with emphasis too on modern neuroscientific research. Facilitation of the group emotional process around these theoretical concepts was also very thorough"
2014 - 2015 Student, Postgrad Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapy
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