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Supervision For Supervisors

Paul Grantham is starting “Supervision For Supervisors” in a Group Skype format in March 2019.

This is because of

  1. repeated requested need from supervisors;
  2. reported difficulties accessing it elsewhere and
  3. to help fulfil SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision, Level 4 (Clinical Proficiency) providing access to a listing on SDS’ Network of Qualified Clinical Supervisors.

Skype Group Set Up

The format will be Group Skype based. All participants will be provided with logging in details in advance. Participants are encouraged to position web cameras in advance to ensure visibility of face and upper torso.

Please check your typical internet bandwidth in advance of signing up for supervision with Paul. Typically you should have 4Mbps (download) / 512kbps (upload). For more information please visit support.skype.com. You can check whether your internet supports this via www.broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk

Skype Group Supervision Content

Each Group Supervision session will be given over to an issue raised by up to 3 of the Group participants. To get the best out of the time available, it is helpful for participants to identify the issue or situation a week in advance and notify Paul via email: info@sds-seminars.com

Paul will then lead a discussion around the issue over a 10-20 minute period. The facilitation style will be either Lewin-Kolb or Solution Focused based with the aim of providing each participant a learning opportunity from the material provided.

Issues or content that might be raised are:

  • anonymised information – ethical,
  • identified supervisee behaviour,
  • supervisor techniques,
  • shared experience/ support / validation,
  • assessment of supervisees issues.


Client names are requested not to be used and the primary purpose of the Supervision Group is formative with material discussed being used as learning opportunities for all participants rather than providing direct advice regarding action on specific supervisees or clients. It is expected that all participants will treat sessions with absolute confidentiality. All sessions will be recorded by Paul. Copies are available on specific request. However, given that the only identification data relates to supervisors (rather than supervisees and clients) and the purpose of the group is formative, it is both expected that such records would never be requested for release in any circumstances and should be treated as such by all participants.

Group Ground Rules are as indicated in the Advanced Supervision course. All participants are expected to read and abide by them. They will not be automatically reiterated at the beginning of each session because of time constraints.


Joining one of Paul’s “Supervision For Supervisors” groups, requires a commitment to attending 4 one hour sessions a year. Total cost £200+VAT (£240), which is based on only £50 per hour of supervision.

Groups are typically limited to four participants, plus a facilitator. There will be occasions when you might be the only participant, or the number might increase to six members.
In exceptional circumstances participants may change their identified supervision session to ensure attendance at 4 sessions during the year. To do this they need to contact the SDS Office at least 24 hours in advance of the session to arrange a different time slot. Non-attendance is non-refundable.

£200 + VAT (£240) for four one hour sessions during 12 months.

SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision:
SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision, Level 4 (Clinical Proficiency)
is as Level 3, with the addition of:

  • Submitting a project of an acceptable standard (3,000 words). The purpose of the project is to illustrate that you can apply the academic knowledge gained from the course to practical clinical supervision situations. The project should follow one of the formats below:
    • A small quantitative research project examining an aspect of the supervision process. Prior experience and knowledge of simple experimental design and statistical analysis is required. The clinical supervision field is largely “a green field” site with multiple unaddressed questions both regarding process and especially outcomes. The “write up” should BROADLY follow the format indicated in university guides to writing up psychology research projects.
    • A qualitative report comparing either the published research and/or content of the SDS Level 1 course to the delegate’s own experience as a supervisor.
      • Similarities and differences between research/academic content and supervisor experience should be highlighted and discussed.
      • External (e.g. organisational/professional body) and internal (e.g. emotional/ethical) constraints on supervisor behaviour should be illustrated along with how those constraints were managed.
      • Similarities and differences between supervisor and supervisee experience should be illustrated along with its implications for the supervision process
      • Learning points from the above should be indicated along with how this will influence the supervisor’s subsequent practice
  • Submitting of a record of regular (no fewer than 4 times a year) supervision sessions “Supervision for Supervisors”.

This level of accreditation gives you a Certificate of Completion with Clinical Proficiency, as well as access to the course materials and other resources. It also enables you to state in your CV that you have SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision Level 4 (Clinical Proficiency) with Assessed Academic and Clinical Competence and use the qualification, CSAccred.(CP) in your title.

Also at this level you can gain Access to SDS’ Network of Qualified Clinical Supervisors.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, and is renewable by undertaking the Level 3 refresher component which consists of: the online refresher (or a live course/webcast), the associated exam, and again submitting supervision records “Supervision for Supervisors”.

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Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. With degrees from Oxford University and the University of Sussex, Paul trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist within a wide variety of services and headed one of the first UK research projects designed to help clients withdraw from benzodiapine addiction. He has subsequently worked in primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health as both a clinician and manager. He has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Over 90,000 professionals have worked directly with him. Paul has also designed and facilitated clinical supervision systems across a number of UK services. He has a wide range of current interests including: client resistance, resource based therapies and personality disorders. He has also presented and written on a range of psychological issues - from psychological interventions post-stroke to the application of solution focused work with complex clients.

Paul is the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training. Paul is the author or editor of over 34 training films within the psychotherapy training field over the last decade and both commissions and provides training in a range of contemporary psychotherapy fields. Paul commissioned SDS Seminars’ BPS Approved Introduction to CBT – a course which has recently (June 2015) seen its 1000th student successfully complete. The BPS Approved Essential Clinical Supervision Skills devised and delivered by Paul is one of the very few non-university based Supervision courses which confers eligibility to the BPS’ Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior 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.

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