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Duration (approx) 100 hours
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Learn more about supervision skills in the counselling profession.

  • Learn about supervision, triads, supervision models and much more.
  • Improve your skills in supervising other professionals.
  • Develop your awareness of what to expect when undergoing supervision yourself.
  • Enrol today at a specially reduced price.

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Develop skills to supervise professionals.

  • Learn more about the supervision process in counselling.
  • Study the theory and practice of supervision.
  • Suitable for counsellors and anyone interested in learning more about the supervision processes and theories.
  • Study for CPD, professional development or for interest.

Professionals of all types need supervision, to help put their work in perspective. This course can help you develop the skills to supervise others who are working as counsellors, coaches, welfare officers or in other "helping" professions.


The course is divided into 7 lessons as follows:

Lesson 1. Introduction to Professional Supervision

  • Introduction.
  • Nature and scope of counselling.
  • Defining supervision.
  • Benefits of being supervised.
  • Personal moral qualities of a counsellor.
  • Case study.
  • Your strengths and weaknesses.
  • SWOT analysis.
  • Qualities of a professional supervisor.
  • Case study.

Lesson 2. Models of Supervision

  • Beginning the super vision process.
  • Contracts.
  • Models of supervision.
  • Mentoring.
  • Proctors interactive model of supervision.
  • Use of reflection in the theoretical framework.
  • Forms of supervision: individual, group, self, agency.
  • Reporting and record keeping.
  • PBL: Create and present a plan with specific strategies for improving the supervision of employee’s work related skills, attitudes, and knowledge in the workplace, based on a clear understanding of the person’s needs, values, and situation.

Lesson 3. Professionalism, Ethics, and Legal Concerns

  • Introduction and ethical codes.
  • Supervisor professional standards.
  • Ethical decisions.
  • Responsibilities of supervisors to other professionals.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Informed consent.
  • Multicultural counselling.
  • Dual relationships.
  • Professional boundaries.
  • Complaints.
  • Professional misconduct.
  • Bringing the profession into disrepute.
  • Sanctions.

Lesson 4. Different Approaches to Supervision

  • Relevant theories or models.
  • Developmental models.
  • The Professional Development Model (PDM).
  • Discrimination model.
  • Issues in supervision.
  • What is burnout.
  • What causes burnout.
  • Is stress the same as burn out.
  • Online counselling and supervision.
  • Telephone counselling.
  • E mail or online counselling.
  • How does online supervision work.
  • International perspectives on counselling supervision.

Lesson 5. Supervision for Different Professions.

  • Introduction.
  • What to look for in an effective supervisor.
  • Foundations of supervision.
  • Supervision policy statement.
  • Case study: Supervision in social work.
  • Case study: Supervision in occupational health nursing.
  • Case study: Supervision in the coaching profession.
  • Case study: Supervision for child safety.
  • Case study: Supervision in youth work.

Lesson 6. Organisational Considerations

  • Introduction.
  • Self governance, awareness and supervision.
  • Defining requirements.
  • Organisational dynamics.
  • Team dynamics.
  • Supervision and outside contractors.
  • Benefits of supervision in an organisation.
  • Education.

Lesson 7. Managing Supervision

  • Issues in managing the process.
  • Frequency and duration of supervision.
  • Finance.
  • Other elements.
  • Motivating factors.
  • Transference and counter transference.
  • Power abuse.
  • Selection of supervisors and supervision.
  • Standardised and open methods of supervision.


  • To understand what is meant by professional supervision, why it is necessary, benefits and disadvantages.
  • To define and compare different models of supervision including reciprocal mentoring, group supervision, self supervision, and agency supervision.
  • To develop an understanding of professional issues of supervision including confidentiality, ethics, quality control, and legal concerns.
  • To understand and define different approaches to supervision including psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioural, solution-orientated, process-orientated and narrative methods.
  • To understand some of the different approaches applied to supervision for different professional groups.
  • To understand the different requirements of providing supervision in organisations where most employees are counsellors, organisations where counsellors are in the minority, and organisations of non-counsellors.
  • To identify the different managerial components of the supervision process including budgeting, monitoring frequency of supervision, selection of supervisors, and the question of standardisation.


Professional Supervision is a 100 hour course which you can start the course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment which the student submits to their course tutor.  The tutor will mark the assignment and return this to the student with comments and suggestions for further reading.


"The course was a valuable learning experience because it challenged my thinking regarding the application of supervision and how to apply supervision to different professions. The course exceeded my expectations, in particular because it explored other aspects of supervision such as burn-out, professionalism, ethics and legal concerns. The course has a very comprehensive approach to supervision, which makes for a more rounded supervisor."
Allan M Eno MSc (Hons) Degree, Clinical Supervisor/Manager, Harley St, London - UK, Professional Supervision course.

Study Professional Supervision and learn more about counsellor supervision.

  • Learn more about counselling supervision theory, practice and ethical practice.
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