Learn more about the supervision process in counselling, and the theory and practice of supervision.

A 100 hour course consisting of seven lessons covering; introduction to professional supervision, supervision models, ethics, confidentiality, approaches to supervision, managing supervision, supervision in other professions and much more.

Suitable for counsellors interested in learning more about the supervision processes and the theories involved.

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Course Outline
Course Code: 
BPS301
Duration: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Delivery: 
Online & Correspondence
Certificate: 
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 

The course is divided into seven lessons as follows:

  1. Introduction to Professional Supervision
  2. Models of Supervision
  3. Professionalism, Ethics, and Legal Concerns
  4. Different Approaches to Supervision
  5. Supervision for Different Professions
  6. Organisational Considerations
  7. Managing Supervision
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • To understand what is meant by professional supervision, why it is necessary, benefits and disadvantages;
  • To define and compare different models of supervision including reciprocal mentoring, group supervision, self supervision, and agency supervision;
  • To develop an understanding of professional issues of supervision including confidentiality, ethics, quality control, and legal concerns;
  • To understand and define different approaches to supervision including psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioural, solution-orientated, process-orientated and narrative methods;
  • To understand some of the different approaches applied to supervision for different professional groups;
  • To understand the different requirements of providing supervision in organisations where most employees are counsellors, organisations where counsellors are in the minority, and organisations of non-counsellors;
  • To identify the different managerial components of the supervision process including budgeting, monitoring frequency of supervision, selection of supervisors, and the question of standardisation.