Advanced Supervision Skills

Can be taken as an individual course or as a part of:

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

1 day 9:30am – 4:30pm 7 CPD hours

Course Brief

This practical one day course can be taken as a module of BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision or as an independent training for experienced supervisors. The course addresses common supervisory issues when working with Supervision Groups, conducting internet based supervision or supervising other supervisors. With plenty of opportunities for asking questions and sharing your own problems and successes in clinical supervision, this course is the perfect opportunity to refresh and fine-tune your practice as a supervisor.

This one day course addresses three separate advanced supervision issues:

  • Running Supervision Groups (as opposed to 1:1 supervision)
  • Conducting internet based supervision (inc. email, texting and Skype based supervision)
  • Supervising supervisors

Running Supervision Groups

Supervision groups are one of the most commonly used supervision models, yet with the least written about them combined with the need for the most demanding skill set.

The course will exam a number of issues including:

  • Group supervision skillset for supervisors
  • Advantages and limitations of group supervision
  • Peer group flat structures vs fixed supervisor facilitator vs rotating facilitator
  • The use of supervision group exercises
  • Group processes as they apply to supervision groups and how to manage them
  • To use or not to use parallel process in supervision groups

Conducting internet based supervision (inc. email, texting and Skype based supervision)

As is the case in many areas, internet developments in the supervision field move at a rapid rate with a current gravitation towards Skype base supervision (with email and text following closely behind). There are a number of issues that this raises including:

  • The legal position of both supervisors and supervisees – particularly client confidentiality and “actual record” of the supervision session
  • A different supervisor/supervisee interactive skillset for internet supervision?
  • Supervisor and supervisee competency requirements for technology that updates on a frequent basis
  • The effects of technology on the supervisory working alliance, on normative supervision function and supervisee disclosure
  • Visual vs Non-visual and immediate vs non-immediate internet supervision

Supervising Supervisors

There is a real dearth of guidance or even recognition of the need for supervisors receive supervision for their own work with practitioners. Many supervisors in private practice either combine this need with their own practice supervision or ignore the issue altogether. In employed environments, there are many supervisors who may supervise supervisors but receive no guidance on what their role is or its aims. Professional bodies also frequently ignore the whole question. This course will address the following:

  • The argument for supervision of supervisors.
  • The formal relationship between a supervisor and their own supervisor
  • What should the aims of such supervision be?
  • Supervisor skillset – a new skillset or simply a new application?
  • A template for supervising supervisors

Accreditation for BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision

SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision, Level 1 (Foundation) is the level of accreditation you obtain by attending the SDS Essential Supervision Skills course (BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision) via live training or live/recorded webcast.

This level of accreditation gives you a Certificate of Attendance, as well as access to the course materials and other resources, and enables you to state in your CV that you have SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision Level 1 (Foundation).

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources.

This level of accreditation is renewable by sitting an online refresher course or attending a live course/webcast. Successful completion of the online refresher, which includes the associated exam, gives you SDS Level 2 Accreditation.

SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision, Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) means you have undertaken training as in Level 1, and also passed the online exam.

This level of accreditation gives you a Certificate of Completion with Assessed Academic Competence, 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 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) and can use qualification, CSAccred.(AAC) in your title.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, and is renewable by sitting an online refresher or attending a live course/webcast. Successful completion of the online refresher, which includes the associated exam, maintains your SDS Level 2 Accreditation.

SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision, Level 3 (Advanced) is as Level 2, with the addition of completing an Advanced Supervision Course covering Clinical Supervision for Supervisors, Group Clinical Supervision and Conducting Internet Based Supervision.

This level of accreditation gives you a Certificate of Completion (Advanced) with Assessed Academic and Clinical Competence, as well as an 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 3 (Advanced) with Assessed Academic and Clinical Competence and use the qualification, CSAccred.(Advanced) in your title.

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) and the associated exam.

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.
      OR
    • 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”. Book your Supervision for Supervisors sessions here.

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”.

Course Tutor

Prof Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Clinical Psychology at PSMedUniv, Director of SDS Seminars

Paul Grantham, is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. He 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 clinical lead for over 34 psychotherapy training films, an author of 2 books and, as a Director of SDS Seminars Ltd, he commissions and provides training in a range of contemporary psychotherapy fields. Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist, and an Honorary Professor of Clinical Psychology. 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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