Diploma and Certificate in Supervision

Both the Diploma and the Certificate are modular programmes which can be taken over a flexible period of time, from a minimum of a year upwards, chosen by our students. The Certificate programme has the same modules as the Diploma but does not include assignments other than a self and peer assessment. The Diploma course includes three assignments which are described with the appropriate module. Both courses consist of four modules, supervision on supervision, a final tutor report and tutorials as follows:

  • Two required modules: The Fundamentals of Supervision and Supervision Integration.
  • Two of the Special Interest Modules – Working with Groups, Working with supervisees within organisational settings and Psychotherapeutic Supervision
  • Ten hours of Supervision on supervision with a supervisor from our list of supervisors covering 50 hours of supervision practice.
  • Three tutorials with a member of the CSTD Bath staff for those undertaking the Diploma. Certificate students need only have one tutorial, at the end of the course. An optional early tutorial is available if needed.
  • Three assignments, of which two are compulsory and the other drawing on one, or both, of the chosen Special Interest Modules.

Course Content

Fundamentals of Supervision
This module includes:
• Why Supervision
• Definitions of supervision
• Contracting
• Listening as a supervisor
• Feedback as a supervisor
• Using all seven modes of the Seven Eyed Model
• Developmental Model
• Practice in threes

Psychotherapeutic Supervision
This module is for those supervising practitioners (often psychotherapists or therapeutic counsellors) who work with the therapeutic process in depth. Often, but not exclusively, they will be working in private practice.
This module includes:
• The nature of the supervision relationship and working alliance
• Working with the intersubjective triangular space between supervisor, supervisee and client
• Working with difference
• Working with challenging situations

Working with supervisees in organisational settings: Accountability, Performance and Development
Mostly, though not exclusively, for those working in organisational settings where organisational accountability often requires focused and time conscious work.
This module includes:
• Different types of contracts for supervision
• Ways of structuring a supervision session
• Legal issues relevant to supervision including safeguarding issues
• Evaluating the effectiveness of supervision
• Working with challenging situations including assessment and giving difficult feedback
• Supervisory relationship and working alliance
• Working with difference
• Styles of facilitation
• Working with the wider organisation, including its culture and dynamics

Group Supervision
This module is for those who work, or wish to supervise in groups and/or teams.
This module includes:
• Focus, purpose and experience of group supervision
• Contracting for group supervision
• Different ways of running and organising group supervision
• Group dynamics and ways of working with them in supervision
• Techniques for utilizing group resources and processes in the service of supervision
• Practice in small groups and within the larger group

Supervision Integration
This is the final module of our training. The module is run in the form of a learning community. As well as input from the tutors, members take responsibility for their own and each others’ learning by leading seminars themselves.
This module includes:
• Use of video feedback
• Advanced skill training
• Developing ethical maturity
• Supervising difficult situations
• Sharing of learning from other modules
• Special interests

Below is a table explaining the main differences between the Diploma and Certificate:

Diploma

✅ 1-3 years in length

✅ Assessments (1)

✅ Assignments

✅ 4 x Modules

✅ 3 x Tutorials

✅ 10 supervision on supervision sessions

✅ 50 hours delivering supervision

Certificate

✅ 1-3 years in length

✅ Assessments (1)

✅ 1 Assignment

✅ 4 x Modules

✅ 1 Final Tutorial

✅ 10 supervision on supervision sessions

✅ 50 hours delivering supervision

Diploma - pathway through the course

Fees: £200 for the marking of three assignments, to be paid upon registering for the Diploma

Module 1: Fundamentals of Supervision

Choose a Tutor from the list (pages 5 & 6 of the student handbook) and make brief contact with him/her

Write first Assignment (or a developed draft for discussion)

Tutorial: Feedback on Draft or on final Assignment. Discuss setting up as a supervisor and choice of optional Modules

First Assignment: Fundamentals of Supervision 2,000 words
Write a document in two parts - to use directly with your current and prospective supervisees, and to prepare/develop your thinking about your supervision practice.
Part One: a short statement about the practical arrangements of your work (where, when, payment, cancellation etc)
Part Two: a more extended piece for yourself (to clarify your ideas for when you are meeting someone for the first time). This should outline why supervision is important, what it covers, how you work as a supervisor, and how your supervisee's clients will benefit from supervision.

Modules 2 and 3: choose TWO from the following

  • Psychotherapeutic Supervision (A)
  • Working with supervisees within organisational settings (B)
  • Group Supervision (C)

Write second Assignment

Tutorial: Feedback on Assignment

Module 4: Supervision Integration

Ideally you will have completed at least half of the 50 hours of supervision before attending this module.

Self and Peer Assessment Process: gather feedback from sources as indicated. Write a reflective summary of the feedback together with some comment on your ‘journey’ through the CSTD training (see page 9 for assignment title in full)

Final Qualifying Tutorial: Feedback on Assignment. Completion of Tutor Report Form leading to Award of the Diploma or Certificate

Important Note for the Award to be gained - 50 hours of supervised practice should have been completed + 10 hours of supervision on supervision

CSTD Modules Diagram

CSTD Modules Diagram

Testimonial

CSTD Bath’s supervision training fitted into my professional development alongside private practice, teaching and research. My experience of the course was that it was relevant, nourishing, supportive, challenging, well-structured and unhurried. I particularly enjoyed meeting people from other fields as well as reconnecting with several colleagues from my time as a student at BCPC. I have no reservation in recommending this training to anyone keen to practise as a supervisor in the helping professions. And incidentally, I love the supervisory work!
Dr Richard Sale, Psychotherapist, Bristol

Assignments - part of the Diploma

Assignments for Diploma students will be marked by your tutor.

First Assignment: Fundamentals of Supervision 2,000 words
Write a document in two parts - to use directly with your current and prospective supervisees, and to prepare/develop your thinking about your supervision practice.
Part One: a short statement about the practical arrangements of your work (where, when, payment, cancellation etc)
Part Two: a more extended piece for yourself (to clarify your ideas for when you are meeting someone for the first time). This should outline why supervision is important, what it covers, how you work as a supervisor, and how your supervisee's clients will benefit from supervision.

Second Assignment: (following your choice of Optional Modules) 2,000 words
Write up a Supervision session (individual or group) showing the following: how you have applied what you have learnt on your two optional Modules, and how your learning has informed your reflection on the session.

Third Assignment: Supervision Integration 2,000 words
Write a reflective piece on your journey through the supervision training. Include your reflections on the 360 degree feedback process on the Module. Discuss your understanding of your strengths as a supervisor as well as your learning needs in this role, and indicate how these will be attended to in your future development.

Certificate - pathway through the course

Module 1: Fundamentals of Supervision

Choose a Tutor from the list (see pages 5 & 6 of the student handbook) and make brief contact with him/her

Optional Tutorial: if needed, meet with your Tutor to discuss setting up as a supervisor and choice of optional Modules

Modules 2 and 3: choose TWO from the following

  • Psychotherapeutic Supervision (A)
  • Working with supervisees within organisational settings (B)
  • Group Supervision (C)

Module 4: Supervision Integration

Ideally you will have completed at least half of the 50 hours of supervision before attending this module.

Self and Peer Assessment Process: gather feedback from sources as indicated. Write a brief reflective summary of the feedback together with some comment on your ‘journey’ through the CSTD training. Send this to your Tutor and arrange a Tutorial.

Final Qualifying Tutorial: Completion of Tutor Report Form leading to Award of the Certificate

Important Note for the Award to be gained – 50 hours of supervised practice should have been completed + 10 hours of supervision on supervision

CSTD Modules Diagram

CSTD Modules Diagram

Testimonial

I was looking for a supervision course that was grounded in theory yet also creative and open to me as a person with my own personal and professional values. The course exceeded my expectations and a part of me wishes I could do it all over again. The tutors brought out the best in all the participants and through those contacts I learnt about myself as a supervisor. I am grateful to have received lifelong tools for understanding the contexts in which I work.
Yasmin Jefferies, Counsellor, London

Following completion of the Certificate, three Assignments can be written in order to convert to a Diploma Award

Conversion of CSTD Certificate to Diploma

  • select a Tutor and make email contact to inform him/her of your intentions (perhaps best to have the same Tutor as for the Certificate)
  • get support in whatever way needed for the first assignment
  • write first assignment
  • have tutorial for feedback and discuss second assignment
  • write second assignment
  • have tutorial for feedback and discuss third assignment (ways of integrating what you have already written for the Certificate, ie the feedback process)
  • have tutorial for feedback and completion of Tutor Report Form for the Diploma
  • pay the £200 assignment marking fee – (in addition there will also be the cost of three tutorials to be paid to the tutor)

Assignments

Assignments for Diploma students will be marked by your tutor.

First Assignment: Fundamentals of Supervision 2,000 words
Write a document in two parts - to use directly with your current and prospective supervisees, and to prepare/develop your thinking about your supervision practice.
Part One: a short statement about the practical arrangements of your work (where, when, payment, cancellation etc)
Part Two: a more extended piece for yourself (to clarify your ideas for when you are meeting someone for the first time). This should outline why supervision is important, what it covers, how you work as a supervisor, and how your supervisee's clients will benefit from supervision.

Second Assignment: (following your choice of Optional Modules) 2,000 words
Write up a Supervision session (individual or group) showing the following: how you have applied what you have learnt on your two optional Modules, and how your learning has informed your reflection on the session.

Third Assignment: Supervision Integration 2,000 words
Write a reflective piece on your journey through the supervision training. Include your reflections on the 360 degree feedback process on the Module. Discuss your understanding of your strengths as a supervisor as well as your learning needs in this role, and indicate how these will be attended to in your future development.

Entry Requirements for the Certificate and Diploma Programmes

Candidates should be an accredited member of one of the Helping Professions and a member of a professional association with a code of ethics and complaints procedure.  They should be in good ethical standing with their professional association.

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Course Calendar

2019

6 - 8 February - Fundamentals of Supervision

8 - 10 May - Working with supervisees within organisational settings

12 - 14 June - Psychotherapeutic Supervision

10 - 12 July - Supervision Integration - one place left

2 - 4 October - Fundamentals of Supervision

20 - 22 November - Group Supervision


2020

5 - 7 February - Fundamentals of Supervision

12 - 14 February - Supervision Integration - FULL

18 - 20 March - Group Supervision

13 - 15 May - Working with supervisees within organisational settings

10 - 12 June - Psychotherapeutic Supervision

8 - 10 July - Supervision Integration

30 September - 2 October - Fundamentals of Supervision

18 - 20 November - Group Supervision


2021

3 - 5 February - Fundamentals of Supervision

10 - 12 February - Supervision Integration

17 - 19 March - Group Supervision

12 - 14 May - Working with supervisees within organisational settings

9 - 11 June - Psychotherapeutic Supervision

7 - 9 July - Supervision Integration

29 September - 1 October - Fundamentals of Supervision

17 - 19 November - Group Supervision

The modules are each 21 hours and run Wednesday to Friday.

The timings for the courses are:
Wednesday you are welcome to arrive any time after 9.30am for a prompt start at 10.00am.  Finish at 5.00pm.
Thursday 9:30am – 5.00pm
Friday 9:30am – 4:00pm

Costs and Cancellation Policy

Diploma registration fee of £200 includes reading of assignments

10% discount if all four courses are booked and paid for at the same time.

Total to be paid£1,485.00
Fundamentals£400.00
Course Option 1£400.00
Course Option 2£400.00
Supervision Integration£450.00
Sub-total£1,650.00
Less 10%-£165.00

If the course places are sponsored the costs will be £500 each for Fundamentals and optional modules and £550 for the Supervision Integration

All course fees include refreshments and lunch

Tutorials - £70 each self financing and £80 sponsored

Certificate (2 tutorials)
Diploma (3 tutorials)

10 sessions of supervision on the 50 hours of supervision - £70 each. Fees for tutorials and supervision sessions to be paid direct to the supervisor at the time.
Supervision sessions with a CSTD supervisor are £70 each


Cancellation Policy

Deposits

All deposits are non-refundable.

Cancellation

  • More than 8 weeks prior to course - loss of deposit only
  • 8 - 4 weeks prior to course - 50% of the course fee payable.
  • Less than 4 weeks prior to course - full amount payable.

Postponement

Changing from one course to another will incur an administration fee of:

  • £ 25 up to eight weeks before the course
  • £ 50 up to four weeks before the course
  • If the course is postponed with less than 4 weeks’ notice the full fee is payable.