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Advanced Diploma in SuprevisionAdvanced Diploma in Supervision

Validated by Middlesex University
Designed by Prof. Michael Carroll


This course is for those intending to work as a supervisor, or for experienced supervisors who wish to gain a formal qualification in the practice of supervision. The programme is suitable for qualified counsellors & psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers and any other healthcare professionals who may benefit from supervision skills and knowledge in organisational or private practice contexts. Students who successfully complete the course can
obtain a  Advanced Diploma qualification from Middlesex University and will be eligible for professional accreditation with the BACP or IACP

Course Details

The Advanced Diploma in Supervision was designed by Prof. Michael Carroll


"What is supervision? Like all ‘identity questions’ this one is asked within developmental contexts—it is not easy to freeze supervision and capture it in words that last forever. Rather than ask what supervision is, perhaps we should ask: how do we build on what supervision has been in order to provide trainees, professionals and professions with what they need to do their jobs better."    Prof Michael Carroll.


Supervisors play a vital role for qualified professionals, particularly in therapeutic and social care fields, where they provide support and guidance to supervisees. This course will provide a theoretical, ethical and skills based framework for students, allowing them to understand various models of supervision and how they may be applied in supervisory relationships. Students will learn the skills of supervision and be able to implement a range of approaches and methods to provide contemporary, ethical and professional practice. They will develop an awareness of how individuals and groups learn and how to use experiential learning and reflective practice as a basis of life-long learning. They will also gain skills in reflexivity, forming and managing supervisory contracts, giving/receiving effective feedback and the provision of effective supervisory reports. The course is integrative in approach, exploring the main theories and approaches to supervision informing effective practice. This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University. Participants will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.


Read Programme Leader Willie Egan's Course Blog here


Venue: 63 Malone Rd, Belfast, BT9 6SA 9

Duration: 100 hour programme over eight weekends

Next Start Date: TBC


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Accreditation: Validated by Middlesex University and meeting the criteria of  BACP / IACP for accreditation.


Assessment: Two written essays plus one Viva (assessment of supervisory skills in clinical context).

Award: Middlesex University Advanced Diploma in Supervision*
Level: Level 6 FHEQ (Comparable to Level 8 NFQ)



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"I found the course both challenging and enjoyable, with a great balance of academic and experiential components. In particular the experiential work, including the opportunity to receive immediate feedback on my supervisory skills and approach was an invaluable learning tool”. Read graduate Ann Marie Quigley's short profile on her experiences of the course

This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by PCI College, awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University. FHEQ (Framework for Higher Education Qualification) is the UK National Framework of Qualifications.


Course Content:

  • Theories and Skills of Supervision
  • Ethical and Professional Issues in Supervision
  • Group and Organisational Supervision

Learning Outcomes:

  • To review, understand and critically reflect on theories of clinical supervision.
  • To understand developmental models of supervision and be able to apply them in supervision practice.
  • To isolate tasks, functions and roles of supervision and learn how to work with them in actual supervision sessions.
  • To learn the skills of being a supervisor and be able to implement them in work with supervisees.
  • To be able to help supervisees use supervision effectively.
  • To be aware of how individuals and groups learn and how to use experiential learning as a basis of learning in supervision.
  • To work with supervisees in one-to-one and group settings.
  • To be ethically aware and to have learned a process of ethical decision - making in supervision.
  • To learn the skills of reflexivity.
  • To be able to set up, contract for, maintain and terminate a supervisory arrangement effectively.
  • To be able to give and receive feedback.
  • To write clear and honest supervisory reports.
  • To be sensitive to the impact of organisations on supervision practice.


Additional Course Requirements:

25 hours of external supervised Supervision Practice (Course includes 25 hours of internal supervised Supervision practice)


7 hours external supervision of Supervision Practice







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