Certificate in Clinical Supervision - Accredited by COSCA
The course aims to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to deliver clinical supervision within various models of supervision, and within these, from a variety of trans-theoretical approaches. The course will also address the complexities related to delivering clinical supervision within an organisational context. Lastly, tailoring the supervision provided to supervisees' stages of development, will also be extensively addressed.
The course will be delivered by Andy Gray. Andy has 20 years of experience in various roles in the helping professions including social work, substance use/abuse, trauma recovery, hospital management (locked rehab and low secure) and complex presentations.
Andy is an integrative psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, shareholder and academic director at ACT Counselling Services Limited. He continues to develop, direct and deliver training from one-day CPD events to PG Dip level incorporating a unifying approach in relation to psychotherapeutic modalities. He is passionate about training, and events are delivered in an informative, laid back, and humorous style. Andy has a huge wealth of knowledge and resources that he is keen to impart to those who are seeking to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes to enhance their personal or professional development.
This course should appeal to any qualified or accredited counsellors or psychotherapists considering beginning the provision of clinical supervision or indeed enhancing existing supervisory practice.
Feedback has suggested that we should make applicants aware of any costs surrounding the course and subsequent supervisory practice. These are likely to be;
- payment of supervision of supervisory practice
- possibly membership with a professional body (if not already in place)
- insurance (often no additional cost if insurance for private therapy practice is in place. You must however make your insurer aware that you are providing supervision)
- ongoing CPD on completion of the course (autonomously chosen by you but check professional bodies requirements)
- supervisor accreditation (if you decide to do this and if this is a category offered by your professional body)
Structure of the course
There will be 42 hours tutor delivery over six days, followed by two tutor-facilitated supervision groups of one-hour duration spread over the following six months. Course participants must make arrangements for individual supervision for their supervisory practice; this is an integral part of the course. The supervision practice placement must be supervised by a qualified and experienced supervisor at a ratio of one hour of supervision for every six hours of placement practice. A minimum of 20 hours of supervisory practice must be completed in order to receive the certificate.
In the event of a participant requiring longer than three years for completion (e.g. difficulty accessing supervisees, life circumstances, and change in employment), a written essay of 4,000 words must be submitted along with the case study that evidences how they have continued to meet with the aims, learning outcomes and performance criteria outlined below:
- to skilfully adapt the process and content of supervision to meet with the supervisee's/organisation's requirements
- to learn to use quantitative and qualitative methodologies to provide feedback
- to address and facilitate concerns about supervisees' ability to use supervision effectively
- to explore how to address and manage serious concerns about practice
- be able to employ principles which facilitate the supervisee's learning and development
- be able to promote ethical practice
- be able to build competence in working with diversity
- be able to skilfully adapt supervision to meet with the organisational and governance context
- be able to form, maintain and end a supervisory relationship
- be able to use quantitative and qualitative methodologies to gauge a supervisee's level of competence
- be able to reflect and act upon on limitations in own knowledge and experience
- be able to help supervisee deliver specific clinical skills within their practice of supervision
- be able to facilitate group supervision
- be able to apply standards to own and supervisee's practice
Methods of assessment
The assessment of course participants is ongoing throughout all aspects of the course. There is no final examination, as such, but a final case study. Course participants must demonstrate their understanding of the entire course learning outcomes, and demonstrate their competency in all performance criteria. The library/reference resources provided by ACT Counselling Studies may be used to support and reference participants learning. Mastery of the learning outcomes and performance criteria will be evidenced using the following methods;
1) Reflective journal related to learning, development, and insights within and outwith the structure of the course.
2) Reflective writing on own level of competence in a supervisory role.
3) Final case study providing a critical analysis of the models and approaches used in supervisory practice.
4) Audio recordings assessed during clinical supervision in relation to supervisory competency scale.
5) Self-assessment (using supervisory competency scale) of supervisory practice completed prior supervision and discussed with supervisor during the session.
6) Tutor feedback within group supervision and skills practice elements of the course.
7) Supervisor's report reflecting a minimum of 20 hours of supervisory practice and addressing fitness to practice.
8) Participation in classroom based learning.
The course tutor will facilitate learning by;
- introducing participants to the supervisory competency framework.
- ensuring participants are aware of and use audio or video recording to assess supervisory practice within supervision
- being aware of, and using, educational approaches which facilitate participant learning
- introduction and exploration of a variety of theoretical models of supervision, including Inskipp and Proctor, Hawkins and Shohet, 7-eyed model, and trans-theoretical approaches
- providing a theoretical basis for a case conceptualisation of supervisory practice
In reflective writing, course participants will;
- be encouraged and taught to reflect their own capabilities and limitations in a supervisory role
- draw and reflect upon learning from experiences in the taught elements of the course and make links with supervisory practice
Within group supervision participants will;
- develop the ability to facilitate group supervision
- explore ethical frameworks, standards of practice, and ethical dilemmas
Within their own supervisory practice participants will;
- identify and explore the impact of organisation and governance on supervisory practice and how to facilitate and manage this
- explore and identify values and skills which develop competence in working with diversity
- identify and implement the skills required for the formation, maintenance, and ending of a supervisory relationship
- enable supervisee to develop clinical skills
- be able to apply standards as stated by professional body
Saturdays and Sundays, from 9.30am – 5.30pm at ACT Counselling Services Ltd, Suite 7, Abercromby Business Centre, 279 Abercromby Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow, G40 2DD.
On the following dates:
- Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of March 2020
- Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of April 2020
- Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of May 2020
Group supervision dates will be arranged with participants that will take place on day six of the course.
A final review/case study presentation day will also be arranged with participants on day six of the course.
More information at https://spervision-course-march-2020.eventbrite.co.uk
About Audrey Smith
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