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Diploma in Clinical & Developmental Supervision

An Overview

This diploma is a part-time training programme that runs over a period of six months.

It has been designed for experienced counselling and therapy professionals who would like to expand their practice to include a supervision service.

This Diploma will delivered as an in-person provision in Hythe, Kent.

Available start dates: September 2024

The course runs term-time on a Fri between 09:30 – 14:30

* This is advanced training for established professionals and it is not a route to PSA registration.

The Diploma


Potential learners must meet the following intake requirements:

  • Hold at least a level 4 Diploma in Counselling
  • Have accrued no less than three years of continuous post-qualifying experience AND/OR at least 450 supervised counselling hours
  • Be a member of a PSA voluntary register (NCPS, BACP etc.)
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor.

The opportunity to formally enrol is subject to interview.

The Curriculum

Please note: As part of our quality assurances process, we will be conducting a review of the course content once the current group have finished and we have received their feedback, so some details might change.

The programme is designed to provide an in-depth training experience that requires reflexive practice and critical thought to be applied throughout. Participants will be expected to work at a degree level, ensuring a high standard of learning and engagement. The structure of the programme is centred around a series of face-to-face sessions, which allow for a more personalised and interactive learning experience.

During these sessions, participants will explore developmental and theoretical models of supervision practice, tailoring the programme to suit their unique personality and needs. We encourage participants to incorporate their own model of counselling theory throughout the training, fostering a sense of ownership and integration of their existing knowledge and skills.

Taught modules

The training will address the following subject modules:

  • Module 1 – The Theories, Approaches and Styles of Supervision (inc. group supervision)
  • Module 2 – Developing a Supervisory Identity
  • Module 3 – Ethical Practice in Supervision
  • Module 4 – Being a Reflective Practitioner
  • 90 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – These are the face to face, taught hours.
  • 25 Self-directed learning Hours – This is the amount of time that we anticipate that your will need to spend reading, writing and processing on your own time; this may vary between individuals.
  • 25 hours of placement – this is the minimum number of hours you will need to spend supervising individuals. You should also factor in your own supervision that you will be required to engage in (see below).

As part of this training process you will required to arrange and complete a clinical supervision placement. The placement will need to meet the following parameters:

  • Based in an established organisation
    Privately arranged between the learner and the supervisee/s (we will support you in setting this up)
  • The learner must be transparent about their training status at all stages of the placement: learners must not advertise themselves as a qualified supervisor until the programme has been completed and the certificates have been issued
  • Learners must accrue no less than 25 hours of supervised practice
  • Any potential supervisees approached must be fully qualified counsellors as our learners are not permitted to work with trainees.
  • The placement must be supervised by a qualified practitioner, who has held a supervision qualification for no less than two years. The required supervision ratio is 1:5 meaning you need one our of supervision for every five placement hours (this is a minimum).

How you will be assessed

We will employ various assessment methods to support your learning and ensure that you are in the right place to move through the training process.

one (substantial) Written Assignment

There will be a single formal assignment that will require you to reflect on your development as a supervisor, demonstrate your understanding of theory, and evidence your commitment to an ethical, anti-oppressive practice.

placement paperwork

You will be required to gather evidence throughout the process and submit it as part of your overall assessment. This includes placement logs, peer feedback sheets, a supervisor’s report, and other supporting documentation.

ongoing reflective practice

This includes the upkeep of a learning journal, a recorded practice session with reflective notes, and self/peer assessment.

Decorative: a calendar

Fee breakdown

We are preparing our application for NCPS Advanced Training Status and our new fee reflects what we anticipate to be a successful application.

Tuition fees for 2024 will be £1,800 

(20% non-refundable deposit is required when registering)

Additional financial considerations

In addition to the above tuition fees, prospective trainees should consider the following obligations. The figures given below are approximate and for illustration only, you may find that some elements cost more or less than described here.

  • Supervision costs – Your supervisor must meet our requirements and so there is a possibility that you will need additional supervision during your placement.
  • Books and materials – We would advise buying second-hand books (better for the environment and easier on your pocket) but it would be worth budgeting around £60 – £80.
  • Insurance – Most insurance policies include ‘supervision of similar work’ however, we advice that you check and ask your provider if there will be an increase in your premium
  • Loss of work – The time requirements may impact your work schedule

Because we are self-governed, there are no registration or exam fees associated with our programme.

Payment Plans

We understand that the tuition fees are, for most people, a substantial investment. For this reason we are happy to offer payment plans by arrangement that help spread the cost over the first six months. It should be noted that payment plans are subject to contractual agreement and we reserve the right to suspend your registration and / or refuse to issue you with your qualification if your payments fall into arrears.

Everyone will need to pay a 20% non-refundable deposit of the total tuition fees in order to enrol on the programme (£360), followed by:

Six monthly payments of £240 beginning in September

Quality Assurance Processes

In order to ensure that the course is delivered to a high standard and assessment and grading are both fair and representative of the programme level, we employ the following quality assurance processes:

Internal Quality assurance

A centre appointed internal verifier.

external quality assurance

An independent external verifier

  • Ensures assessment is appropriate
  • Ensures marking is fair and reasonable
  • Ensures feedback is clear and suportive
  • Examines the overall quality of the programme and makes suggestions
  • Validates the internal quality assurance process
  • Ensures that the programme is in keeping with professional standards

This programme is currently running!

Our next intake for the Supervision Training will be September 2024

Register your interest

If you are thinking about joining us in September, you can register your interest here and we will let you know when enrolment is open.

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