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Advanced Diploma in SuprevisionAdvanced Diploma 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) to supervise other professionals. If you want to help other professionals thrive in difficult environments, improve your own skills as a professional and contribute to your organisation and profession then this course may be of interest to you. The same programme offers you two paths to build on your professional education – the PCI College Advanced Diploma in Supervision or a Middlesex University Advanced Diploma in Supervision and will be eligible for professional accreditation with the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP).



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.

Read Programme Leader Willie Egan's Course Blog here

Course Details

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Venue: Respond! - High Park Campus, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Duration: 100-hour programme over eight weekends from October to May

Next Start Date: Autumn 2020

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

*FHEQ (Framework for Higher Education Qualification) is the UK National Framework of Qualifications.


Accreditation: Validated by Middlesex University and meeting the criteria of IACP / BACP for accreditation. 



"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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  • Theories and Skills of Clinical Supervision
  • Ethical and Professional Issues in Supervision 
  • Group Supervision in Theory and Practice


Additional Course Requirements:

50 hours of supervised Supervision Practice (25 hours of external and 25 hours of internal supervised Supervision practice)

7 hours of supervision with an accredited supervisor




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




Our programme underpins professional practice by moving to a supervisory 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 to contemporary best practice. 

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. 


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