Delivered by a combination of distance learning and experiential weekends, the part-time Postgraduate Diploma Consultative Supervision has an excellent reputation as a comprehensive training package for continuing professional development, covering both the practical and theoretical aspects of consultative supervision.
The curriculum follows the criteria outlined in the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) supervision framework. You will also complete 40 hours supervision practice.
You’ll develop a broad toolkit enabling you to deliver effective, ethical, and creative supervision across professions, and find that your own reflective practice is deepened by your engagement with these models and methods.
You can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma or continue to complete the MA degree, which consists of project managing a community-based intervention or developing a unique research study.
The Postgraduate Diploma Consultative Supervision places emphasis on evidenced-based practice and pays close attention to the criteria outlined in the BACP curriculum framework for counselling supervision training. There is also an option to study the specific skills needed to supervise practitioners working with children and young people.
- Individual supervision – 20 credits
On this module you will develop a broad toolkit of strategies, models, and theories to offer individual supervision. You’ll understand and practice how to structure supervision, how to work with all the key relationship dynamics at play, and how to practice ethically and safely.
- Group supervision – 20 credits
This module will help you to adapt your personal models of supervision to work sensitively and ethically with issues relating to diversity, with groups and the different mediums through which supervision is now being offered. You’ll try out a variety of fun and fascinating creative methods, including sand-tray, collage, sculpting, and mindfulness approaches, to deepen your skills and knowledge.
To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, you will choose one optional module from the following list:
- Supervision research and supervision at an organisational level – 20 credits
This module will resource you with specific knowledge and confidence to manage and heal complex organisational issues, team cultures, and the systems that encompass your context, and that of your supervisees. You’ll also evaluate the usefulness of evidence-based practice in order to apply the principles to your own practice.
- Supervision research and supervision of therapeutic work with children and young people – 20 credits
You will be introduced to the systemic, ethical, legal, safeguarding and mental health issues in therapeutic work with children and young people as well ways in which developmental issues can be explored in order to improve the health and functioning of both the supervisee and the young people they work with. This module will also help you evaluate the usefulness of research and evidence-based practice in order to apply the principles to your own practice.
Students may choose to exit the course or continue to complete the MA Consultative Supervision course by conducting an innovative supervision project in the community, in an organisation of your choice. You’ll devise, deliver, and evaluate a project that meets a genuine need, and develop your own career as a project manager and innovative practitioner.
This is a blended learning course, involving preparatory reading and distance learning, and seven experiential teaching blocks, in which you will explore and play with powerful reflective techniques and approaches.
On the block teaching sessions, you will have workshops that demonstrate creative approaches to practice, skills practice in small groups and group presentations. This serves to consolidate your learning from your practice in the field.
The course runs on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the academic year.
Induction and Unit One
Systemic contexts of supervision 20th, 21st, 22nd September
Process and content models of supervision 19th, 20th October
Ethics and working with diversity 16th, 17th November
Group supervision process and techniques 14th, 15th December
January is a rest month
Creative methods and working with the unconscious 8th, 9th February
Organisational and team supervision OR supervision of therapeutic work involving children 7th, 8th March
Evidence-based practice, research of supervision and review 4th, 5th April
Previous graduates have found employment in local counselling agencies, the NHS, education establishments, and with USW counselling services. Many graduates have also expanded their private practice to include supervision. Students can choose to apply for the final Masters research and dissertation stage. See MA Consultative Supervision for more information. There may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, both at the University of South Wales and other UK Universities.