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Philosophy, aims and design

Philosophy of the course

This course is based on a relational approach to supervision and supervisory practice related to the broad landscape that supervision currently engages with. The course will provide the opportunity for individuals to develop their own individual style of practising as a supervisor.  The course will provide the opportunity to consider many of the challenges that emerge in practice within current supervision practice.

This course is suitable for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, consultants’ social workers, probation officers’ mental health workers, and others in the helping professions.

The course is aimed for practitioners post qualified 3 years, in all different fields of work and with different theoretical approaches to counselling, psychotherapy and other forms of clinical practice. It aims to bring together helping professionals of different orientations so that they can dialogue about both their commonalities and differences in the theory and practice of supervision.

Aims of the training programme

  • To provide participants with the theoretical basis and practical skills in supervision so that they can practise independently or in professional association as supervisors for a range of practitioners within the helping professions. This standard is equivalent to that required by other professional associations for the accreditation of supervisors.


  • To create a semi-structured learning experience that provides models or frameworks of working knowledge and skills, and reflective/reflexive practice, which, can support a collaborative, coherent and cohesive approach to your best practice of supervision.


  • To provide an open, creative, relational approach which, supports the participants of the course to particularly to develop a stance of sharing and exchange many areas of knowledge and expertise. This also includes the diversity of professional backgrounds, contexts and theoretical orientations providing a richness of experience, critical challenge and throughout the training.


  • To support the development participants supervisory competencies are outlined in the 'The UKCP Standards of Education & Training, (SETS), and the Organisational Members standards and training framework for supervision training.


Training programme design

The course is structured across six 2-day modules, spaced approximately monthly to make it more easily possible for professionals, who are not London based, to attend the course. There is a considerable course emphasis on the practice of supervision. To facilitate this there is an opportunity across all the modules for live practice on throughout the course. This takes the form, on one of the days in each module, of working in small groups of three or four where live supervision is conducted with feed- back from those within the group. On the alternate day of each module, live practice is conducted in a larger group where supervision of supervision can be practised if requested.

Full course attendance and completion of the written work leads to the achievement of a Metanoia Certificate in Supervision.