Essential Supervision Skills (BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision)

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).

2 days 9:30am – 4:30pm 14 CPD hours

Course Brief

Essential Supervision Skills (BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision) meets the training standards required for Chartered Psychologists to confer eligibility to the British Psychological Society’s Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS).

This practical two day course is ideal for those who supervise the clinical and casework of others. The two days combine an overview of the supervision process with an exploration of the practical problems which arise within it. With lots of opportunities for asking questions, sharing your supervision problems and ideas and networking with your colleagues this training is absolutely essential for those already delivering supervision or those wishing to train in it.

This practical two day course is ideal for those who supervise the clinical and casework of others and/or those wishing to train in it.

The course is designed to provide you with an up-to-date theoretical overview of clinical supervision along with its practical application within a range of practice environments. The Certificate will draw heavily on psychological theories of therapy, learning and management including the Kolb Learning Cycle and Parallel Process models.

The two days combine an overview of the supervision process with an exploration of the practical problems which arise within it. A particular focus will be on common supervision problems and dilemmas and how they can be successfully addressed.

With lots of opportunities for asking questions, sharing your supervision problems and networking with your colleagues this training is absolutely essential for those already delivering supervision or those wishing to train in it.

Learning outcomes and objectives:

  • Delegates will have an understanding of both the functions and commonly used models of clinical supervision from Proctor to Hawkins and Shohet, from didactic approaches to solution focused ones
  • Delegates will understand how to structure supervision to meet their own and their supervisees' needs and build a productive relationship between supervisor and supervisee
  • Delegates will learn how to make supervision stimulating and to balance informal and formal elements in supervision
  • Delegates will practice the use of a number of supervision protocols and scripts and explore their adaption to their own supervision circumstances
  • Delegates will understand the different and interrelated nature of supervision, mentoring and consultancy
  • Practical issues from setting, frequency and duration, contracts and record keeping will be addressed
  • Delegates will explore common supervision problems and dilemmas and practice their resolution

Amongst others, the following issues will be explored and discussed:

  • What Exactly Should I Be Doing As A Supervisor?
  • A range of practical problems are explored and resolved:
  • Should or shouldn't there be a line management relationship between supervisor and supervisee?
  • How do I give feedback in supervision?
  • How do I balance professional responsibilities with a developmental/supportive role?
  • What about supervision records?
  • What is the role of confidentiality in supervision?
  • What Should My Supervision Meetings Consist Of?
  • How to deal with common supervisory dilemmas such as:
  • The supervisee who does not want to develop their skills
  • What to do with third party information regarding supervisees' work
  • How to deal with caseload management
  • The supervisee who resists all aspects of supervision.

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) - this course 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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