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Certificate in Essential Supervision Skills (2 days)

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Essential Supervision Skills (BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision) meets the training standards required to confer eligibility to the British Psychological Society’s Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS).

Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS) Society-approved training courses (PDF document).

This practical two day course is ideal for those who supervise the clinical and casework of others and/or those wishing to train in it.

The course is designed to provide you with an up-to-date theoretical overview of clinical supervision along with its practical application within a range of practice environments. The Certificate will draw heavily on psychological theories of therapy, learning and management including the Kolb Learning Cycle and Parallel Process models.

The two days combine an overview of the supervision process with an exploration of the practical problems which arise within it. A particular focus will be on common supervision problems and dilemmas and how they can be successfully addressed.

With lots of opportunities for asking questions, sharing your supervision problems and networking with your colleagues this training is absolutely essential for those already delivering supervision or those wishing to train in it.

Paul Grantham Says:

Clinical supervision is one of those activities that are typically conducted without much training. It is often the case that you’re dropped in at the deep end with a supervisee and have to conduct things as best you can. And you make a pretty good job of it!

But if you feel you need greater confidence in doing it, or just want a chance to reflect on the latest developments in the field then – this course will be something really special that might interest you.

Why is it special?

Firstly, it is one of the very few short training courses that’s received approval from a professional body – The British Psychological Society. That doesn’t mean incidentally that it is just for psychologists, but it does mean that we have successfully negotiated and submitted the course for national professional approval from a body that’s been in the forefront of supervision developments for the last sixty years.

Secondly, the course will give you the confidence that comes with being familiar with a broad range of supervision theories along with their practical application. So, unless you already know your Hawkins and Shohet from your Milne and Padesky the course will provide you with invaluable knowledge on the latest theoretical underpinnings of supervision.

Whist we’ve been canvassing practice and reviewing the literature for this course we’ve also been struck that there are still certain fundamental questions about supervision which are as pressing now as they’ve always been. Questions like:

  • What exactly am I supposed to be doing as a supervisor?
  • What is the evidence base for supervision? (Actually – frightening little!)
  • How does it differ from mentoring or consultancy (if at all)?

This course will give you lots of the answers, but more importantly – it will give you the information, ability and confidence to formulate your own answers in future.

And then of course, there are the practical issues – supervision micro-skills for a start.

How exactly should you conduct case discussions, what questions should you ask and what style should you use. This course won’t only provide you with practical options but will give you the opportunity to practise them in a safe environment before returning to your workplace to start implementing them. By the way, we cover the question of how you do this, with both one to one supervision, as well as with group supervision.

Supervision contracts, records and the legal responsibilities of supervisors are all clarified on the course. Supervisors increasingly have to defend themselves in formal hearings regarding supervisee’s practice. I’m sure you’d agree that it’s essential to be able to speak in an informed way, should that situation ever arise for you. This makes this course essential for all supervisors.

The course wouldn’t be complete without addressing the question of “difficult supervisees” (from “non-engagers”, through “poor me” supervisees, to the incompetent who are blissfully unaware) – who are, hopefully, - rare, but stressful and disabling when you’re trying to supervise them. Delegates will develop the skills to address difficulties and have the opportunity to raise their own supervision challenges.

So, you will get all this is a single two day course, professionally approved, and at a price which is acceptable to the most stretched training budgets. Places are genuinely limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis – so book now and be part of the best in supervisor training.



Q: “On completion of this course would you be qualified to work as a supervisor?”

A: To the best of our knowledge, there is not a single prescribed or exclusive qualification to become a supervisor in the UK, whatever your background.

However, there are a number of supervision training qualifications which are Accredited or Approved by external professional bodies or Accreditation organisations. The Essential Supervision Skills™ course (BPS Approved Certificate course in Clinical Supervision) is one of such courses. Hence, in answer to the question "Are you qualified as a supervisor?" an appropriate answer would be "I've completed a Certificate in Clinical Supervision that's Approved by the BPS (British Psychological Society), the only UK psychology and psychotherapy body established by Royal Charter and one of the primary national leads in determining national recommendation on clinical supervision across a range of groups.”

Learning outcomes and objectives:

  • Delegates will have an understanding of both the functions and commonly used models of clinical supervision from Proctor to Hawkins and Shohet, from didactic approaches to solution focused ones
  • Delegates will understand how to structure supervision to meet their own and their supervisees' needs and build a productive relationship between supervisor and supervisee
  • Delegates will learn how to make supervision stimulating and to balance informal and formal elements in supervision
  • Delegates will practice the use of a number of supervision protocols and scripts and explore their adaption to their own supervision circumstances
  • Delegates will understand the different and interrelated nature of supervision, mentoring and consultancy
  • Practical issues from setting, frequency and duration, contracts and record keeping will be addressed
  • Delegates will explore common supervision problems and dilemmas and practice their resolution

Amongst others, the following issues will be explored and discussed:

  • What Exactly Should I Be Doing As A Supervisor?
  • A range of practical problems are explored and resolved:
  • Should or shouldn't there be a line management relationship between supervisor and supervisee?
  • How do I give feedback in supervision?
  • How do I balance professional responsibilities with a developmental/supportive role?
  • What about supervision records?
  • What is the role of confidentiality in supervision?
  • What Should My Supervision Meetings Consist Of?
  • How to deal with common supervisory dilemmas such as:
  • The supervisee who does not want to develop their skills
  • What to do with third party information regarding supervisees' work
  • How to deal with caseload management
  • The supervisee who resists all aspects of supervision.

I am safe in the knowledge that I have been going along the rights lines, but I now have additional tools in my kit to make supervision more interesting. I feel better that I have a structure to work to and a way of reflecting upon supervision sessions. Thank you, this has been very useful training, I shall now try to tactfully recommend this to my supervisor!
L.C., Chartered Forensic Psychologist

Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
B.A. (Oxon), M.Sc, M.Clin.Psychol., BABCP (Accred)

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. Having originally taken a degree in history at Oxford University, Paul chose to make Psychology his professional career and took an MSc degree in Psychology at Sussex University followed by training as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist including primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health and has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Paul has a particular interest in people motivation for change, resistance and reasons of why people do NOT change and currently focuses on practical applications of resource based therapies. He has presented and written on a range of psychological issues with particular emphasis on working with clients’ inner resources for overcoming problems.

Paul is registered with the HPC, an Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist. An extremely informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work.

Paul is a founder and Director of SDS Training Company and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

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