I am a qualified psychology lecturer and I have a British Psychological Society approved certificate in essential supervision skills. Moreover, I have many years experience of teaching and mentoring/supervising students at under and postgraduate levels. This expertise was recognized when (in 2016) I was awarded personnel tutor of the year at The University of Bolton.
Similarly I have taught supervised (and marked the work of) students on a MSc in counseling at Salford University. I have also marked the work of students who undertook the post graduate CBT course at the University of Bolton; I have also supervised the clinical/counseling practice of two students who were doing PhD's also at the University of Bolton. See comments from both those students below
'Albert Phipps provided me with clinical supervision while carrying out group therapy for people with co-existing addiction and mental health problems as part of my PhD. This is a very difficult client group to deal with and I am extremely grateful to Albert for supporting me in my journey of exploring this new area for me. I could not have done it without him. He was understanding, accepting, and made me feel really good about myself. I have learned so much from him as a therapist. I hope one day I will be as good at my job as he is.'
'I've known Albert for many years and I always knew that he was a great therapist but I've never had a personal experience with his work until I reached the second year of my PhD. At that time, Albert provided me with a clinical supervision while delivering a group therapy for individuals with weight problems. It was only then, I came to know that he was much more that just a great therapist! Albert really cares for people and he goes out of his way to support them in their struggles. As a first time mum, it was not easy for me to combine my studies with my family. I struggled with strong feelings of guilt on one side, and incompetence on the other. At the times of difficulty, Albert helped me to remember my strengths and find my value. His job was to deliver a clinical supervision but he did much more that that. He was there, for me, when I needed it. I feel very grateful and I wish one day, I could become at least half as good in what I do as Albert.'
Moreover I also supervise counselors who supervise other therapists here are some comments from one of my current supervisees:
I have been seeing Albert for individual supervision sessions since January 20. At present, as well as having a small private counselling practice, I supervise a number of experienced and trainee counselors. This means that much of our sessions are spent exploring issues arising from my work as a supervisor. I really value having the opportunity to explore these issues in our sessions. Albert offers an excellent balance of support and challenge. He is empathic and non judgmental, giving me space to explore the difficulties and frustrations that often arise from my supervision work. He is also affirming and encouraging, helping me to recognise my strengths but also helping me to recognise my blind spots and look at different approaches to issues that arise from the work. Albert has a wealth of knowledge and experience and has helped me to find resources, such continuing professional development courses and organizations, that have been very helpful in my work. During the time we have been working together I have experienced a number of complex, ethical issues arising from my work as a supervisor. Albert has been very supportive at these times, giving me the opportunity to speak to him on the phone between our sessions and offering invaluable guidance. In all our work together Albert demonstrates a clear understanding of, and adherence to, the principles and guidelines set out in the B.A.C. P.’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I really value the supervisory relationship with Albert and I’m sure he would provide supervision of an excellent standard to any trainee or qualified supervisor.
I have worked as a supervisor since 1996. At present I supervise 8 counsellors.
A C. BACP accredited counselor
I am also a qualified PGCE assessor. In other words I have mentored observed and graded student teachers when they are doing their teaching practice.
Similarly I have over 10 years experience of volunteering at MhIST plus being a trustee (and former director of counselling) and I have also been a clinical assessor at 1-point Bolton and I run my own private practice. Moreover I have written, and given mental health training, to teachers and other professionals such as Department of Works and Pensions job coaches. Likewise for 3 years I was a public/lead governor at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust.
All this means I have worked with many different types of issues and gained a great deal of diverse experience/knowledge. I am a registered member of the BACP as well as being a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Likewise, I attend many CPD courses, therefore I am familiar with a diverse range of therapeutic approaches/issues; all of which will help me support you.
My fees for trainees and qualified therapists who volunteer for charitable organisations are £30 a session (up to an hour and a half) for all other therapists it is £40 per session. The service I provide includes the completion any paperwork needed for trainee therapists whilst on their course and the commitment that I will be readily contactable if needed, and I will reply to any query within 24 hours (allowing for holidays and illness!) of receiving it.
At the moment I am supervising several people for example, one supervisee is a highly experienced BACP accredited client centered therapist/supervisor and former FE lecturer (counseling), another is a psychotherapist/hypnotherapist and currently is a counselling lecturer at a local college, whilst another is a mental health support worker at a local university who has completed a integrative training course. Moreover, I am also supervising several students who are doing a Masters Degree in Positive Psychology (which includes a level 4 ABC accredited counselling course) at the University of Bolton.
Please contact me for further details.