Established in 2000, the Postgraduate Diploma Consultative Supervision has an excellent reputation as a comprehensive training package for continuing professional development, covering both the practical and theoretical aspects of consultative supervision. It is for members of the helping professions – Health Care Professionals, Counsellors, Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers and the like – who provide non-managerial supervision for practitioners in relation to their professional practice.
Students find the teaching and learning experience inspiring because it combines experienced tutors who are passionate about supervision with students who are mature and skilled practitioners in their own field. The resulting learning community is facilitated to share their experience creatively, while learning the theory and practice that underpins the supervisory process. The Postgraduate Diploma Consultative Supervision places emphasis on evidenced-based practice and pays close attention to the criteria outlined in the BACP curriculum framework for counselling supervision training. There is also an option to study the specific skills needed to supervise practitioners working with children and young people.
The Postgraduate Diploma Consultative Supervision places emphasis on evidenced-based practice and pays close attention to the criteria outlined in the BACP curriculum framework for counselling supervision training. There is also an option to study the specific skills needed to supervise practitioners working with children and young people.
Module One – Individual Supervision (20 credits)
On this module you will learn a range of supervision skills and theoretical models and are invited to develop your personal model of supervision practice which is congruent with your own theoretical orientation and working context.
Module Two – Group Supervision (20 credits)
This module will help you to adapt your personal models of supervision to work sensitively and ethically with issues relating to diversity, with groups and the different mediums through which supervision is now being offered.
To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, you can now choose one optional module:
Module Three – Supervision Research and Supervision at an Organisational Level
This module will help you understand and evaluate the usefulness of research and evidence-based practice in order to apply the principles to your own practice. You will be introduced to theory to help you understand how supervision can be used to improve the health and functioning of organisations and the individuals, groups and teams who work within them.
Module Four – Supervision Research and Supervision of Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People
This module will help you understand and evaluate the usefulness of research and evidence-based practice in order to apply the principles to your own practice. You will be introduced to the systemic, ethical, legal, safeguarding and mental health issues in therapeutic work with children and young people as well ways in which developmental issues can be explored in order to improve the health and functioning of both the supervisee and the young people they work with.
Students may choose to exit the course or continue to complete the
MA Consultative Supervision course by studying a research Dissertation.
The delivery of the one year PG Diploma course is through blended learning, combining stimulating experiential weekends and home study which provides flexibility to working professionals. Study comprises of a combination of home study packs that are accessible online and attending six (once-a-month, two-day) teaching sessions and finishing with one three-day teaching session on either ‘Supervision at an Organisational Level’ or ‘Supervision of Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People’ at the Newport City campus.
On the block teaching sessions, you will experience workshops demonstrating creative approaches to practice, skills practice in small groups and group presentations. This serves to consolidate your learning from your practice in the field.
One Friday and Saturday a month from October to March, from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Plus a final three-day block Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 9.30am to 4.30pm in April.
You will be assessed by one recording of a real supervision session with analysis, a file of evidence containing your reflective learning from home study packs, one 3,000 word essay and two 1,500 word essays, two skills observations and one group presentation.
Students on this course are required to gain supervision experience through going on placement or taking on a new role of supervisor for their professional organisations. Students are required to fulfil 40 hours supervision practice (including individual & group supervision) evidenced by a supervisor’s report. You are responsible for finding yourself a suitable placement, with guidance form the course leader.
Supervision placements may be available (by application/interview) in SWCAP, the USW counselling service for the local community which operates from the University counselling clinic facilities.
We offer a suite of priority teaching rooms for use by the counselling / psychotherapy courses, and a suite of specialist practice rooms. Video recording equipment and a digital recording system for use in class are available.
There is no interview process, so applicants are selected on the basis of professional qualifications and experience, a written application, and two good references.
Counsellors & Psychotherapists
All applicants should:
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Additional assessment or memberships: Professional Body Membership||£150||
Cost may vary and is ongoing
|Other: Personal Supervision||£45 - £60||
10 hours supervision during the course. Cost is per month.
|Other: Professional Indemnity Insurance||£75 - £150||
Cost varies depending on individual circumstances. Per year.
The course has a strong track record of local employers supporting staff to undertake the course because of its reputation for high standards of supervision training. Previous graduates have found employment in local counselling agencies, the NHS, education establishments, and also with USW counselling services. Some graduates have set up new supervision systems within their organisations, and others have taken up new supervisory roles, or have expanded their private practice to include supervision.
Students can choose to apply for the final Masters research and dissertation stage. See MA Consultative Supervision for more information.
There may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, both at the University of South Wales and other UK Universities.