About Us

We have been providing supervision training since 1979. During that time much has changed in how services are provided in all sectors – public, voluntary and private. In response to this we have kept our basic value-driven approach but developed one which meets the needs of today’s world. We run our courses from a large and comfortable Victorian house on the edge of Bath with beautiful country views.

Our philosophy and practice is one of open inquiry and reflective practice. Since we started the public and voluntary services as well as the professions themselves have become more professional and require more accountability from those they employ or represent and there are greater pressures on budgets so resources are more limited. These constraints and professional developments have resulted in shorter term, more focussed, work using evidence based practice in which targets can be shown to be met.  We recognise that this has many implications for the provision of supervision and how it is carried out within the work place.

Other work, usually in private settings, is longer term with time to wait for the emergent to be revealed. A more reflective, less focussed, style is more applicable in this setting. In order to meet this need as well as those of professionals in public and voluntary organisations, we have a choice of modules so you can choose to undertake modules which reflect the style of supervision you most need to learn. This is not to say that those who work in the public and voluntary services do not also need to be reflective and those in private settings to be accountable so these needs are held in balance in all our modules.

We teach a variety of models but the main one is known as the Seven-Eyed Model which Peter Hawkins, (one of our tutors) devised as long ago as 1985. This has stood the test of time and the book which first published it, Supervision in the Helping Professions by Peter Hawkins and Robin Shohet has been the major text for most supervision courses internationally since it first came out. It is now in its 4th edition and Judy Ryde, (another of the tutors in CSTD Bath) also contributed to this and the 3rd edition. This model has been shown to be applicable to all approaches to the work of helping professionals including psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioural and humanistic approaches. The book is given free at the start of the certificate programme as the major text book for the course.

4th Edition - 2012

By Peter Hawkins and Robin Shohet, with contributions by Judy Ryde and Joan Wilmot.
Published by Open University Press.

This book, on which much of the material for our courses is based, explores the purposes, models and different forms of supervision in the helping and people professions.

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