Advanced Supervision Training

  • Postgraduate Diploma/MA Professional Practice, Counselling & Psychotherapy (Supervision)

  • Minster Diploma in Supervision


The Minster Centre offers a flexible professional training route for counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to obtain a supervision qualification. Applicants will be able to choose the level of training that best suits their needs. Students on both the Minster Diploma and the PG Diploma/ MA routes will undertake the same course of study comprising three core modules. However, depending on the particular route and level of qualification, there will be different amounts of assessment and further study.
This suite of professional supervision training courses meets both the UKCP requirements for supervision training and the BACP Counselling Supervision Training Curriculum.

Course Overview

This course provides a solid foundation in the theory and practice of supervision drawing on the model outlined by Shohet & Hawkins in Supervision in the Helping Professions (2002) and the developmental model proposed by Stoltenberg and Delworth. It provides a structure which contains theoretical, experiential and practice components and aims to enable the supervisor to work with counsellors and/or psychotherapists who may have trained in a variety of different orientations.

The theoretical input will include integrative, psychodynamic and humanistic ideas and will be centred on developing an awareness and understanding of the importance of the supervisory relationship, together with the roles and responsibilities of the supervisor. Topics covered will include: contracting, ethics, issues of difference, assessment and focusing, developmental stages unconscious relational processes including transference and countertransference, the internal supervisor, issues of power and authority, ruptures in the supervisory alliance, the organisational context of supervision, and working with groups.

The experiential/practice component will include peer and tutor assessed role-played practice sessions as well as the opportunity for group supervision of the supervisory work of the participant.

Two Qualification Routes

Both routes will require students to successfully complete the three core modules of the programme as well as additional practice requirements. These requirements comprise 40 hours of supervision practice and 20 hours of supervision of supervision. The core modules are listed below and described in more detail in a following section:

  • Supervisory Theory
  • Integrating Theory into Clinical Supervision
  • Clinical Supervision Practicum 1

The first route leads to either a PG Diploma or MA Professional Practice, Counselling & Psychotherapy (Supervision) that is validated by Middlesex University. Students will register for either one at the beginning of the course. For detailed information on this route please go to the MA Professional Practice, Counselling & Psychotherapy.

The second route leads to the Minster Diploma in Supervision and this will be described in detail in the following sections.

The Minster Diploma in Supervision

Students who have registered for the Minster Diploma will undertake the following three modules along with students registered on the other route. However, they will have different assessment tasks. These modules are described in more detail below.

  • Supervisory Theory
  • This module provides the opportunity for students to develop a sophisticated critically-reflective grasp of the main theoretical concepts and philosophical positions that inform effective ethical supervisory practice. Students will be given an in-depth grounding in Shohet and Hawkins’ model of clinical supervision and this will be integrated with a human development perspective in supervisory practice. Significant attention will be paid to understanding complex interpersonal and intrapersonal processes and power dynamics operating both in individual supervision and also in group contexts.

  • Integrating Theory into Clinical Supervision
  • This module provides a range of learning opportunities for students to integrate their theoretical knowledge into effective ethical supervisory practice. The learning will be delivered in experiential practice sessions that are designed to support the students in making links between theoretical concepts and supervisory strategies, as well as being able to critically evaluate supervisory interventions. This module aims to equip students with advanced skills in working with the interpersonal and intra-personal processes of supervision. It also supports the students in synthesizing a personal integrative approach from existing supervisory knowledge, theory and research.

  • Clinical Supervision Practicum 1
  • This module represents the skills-in-practice component of the course and aims, in combination with the other supervision modules, to lay the foundations for effective and ethical supervisory practice. Students will receive a thorough grounding in supervisory procedural issues relating to: clinical responsibility; contracting; risk assessment; auditing; and professional record keeping. Students will be given opportunities to reflect on relational processes in supervision and to critically evaluate their own interventions.

    NB This course requires that the student engages in a minimum of 40 hours supervision practice and 20 hours supervision of supervision.


    • 4000 word essay comprising two parts. Part 1 is ‘My philosophy of supervision’ and Part 2 is ‘My supervision practice'
    • Portfolio containing supervision logs and a midway 2000 word evaluation of progress
    • Practicum 1 assessment is ongoing through the course.

    Dates and Times

    The teaching takes place over weekend blocks: Fridays 6.30-9.00pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10.00am - 5.00pm on the following dates in 2019:

    • 25/26/27 Jan
    • 22/23/24 Feb
    • 22/23/24 Mar
    • 12/13/14 Apr
    • 17/18/19 May
    • 21/22/23 Jun
    • 12/13/14 Jul

    Entry Requirements

    Applicants need to possess a professional qualification in counselling/psychotherapy (BACP, UKCP accredited or equivalent) and have been in practice for at least three years.

    Students will need to practise supervision or work in a supervisory capacity during the course. Students gain most from the course if the supervision placement or work is arranged prior to, or as near to the start of the course as possible. The Minster Centre can assist with suggesting practice placements.

    Disclosure and Barring Service: A DBS check will be required before you can start seeing clients. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from training or seeing clients but you should disclose all convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings or occasions when you have been bound and any active involvement with police investigations on your application form so that we can consider their relevance to your suitability to train and see cleints.
    If you do not disclose this material and a DBS check subsequently identifies it this will be dealt with as a fitness to practice issue and you could result in you leaving the training. If you are accepted on the course we cannot guarantee external placements will accept students with a criminal record.
    Working with clients is an essential part of the qualification and you will not be able to receive the qualification without them. There may be implications resulting from a criminal record for future employment, and there is no guarantee that completing the course will mean students will also be eligible for professional registration. This is a decision made by the relevant regulatory body. More information is available here


    Information about 2017 fees can be found here.

    Application process

    We will be running Open Evenings where a senior member of staff will present pathways through training, give details about the course curriculum, and answer questions. Current dates can be found here.

    All candidates are selected by individual interview with two senior staff members. The interview fee is £90.

    Please email Betti Urmos ( with:

    Also, please send a cheque for £90, made out to The Minster Centre or alternatively please contact us to make a card payment over the phone.


    A £700 deposit is required to secure your place. It is possible to pay your deposit to secure your place before you are interviewed. If you are not offered a place following interview then your deposit will be returned. Otherwise deposits are non-refundable.


    Sue Murphy, Head of Course
    B.A. M.A. Cert.Ed. UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. Dip. Supervision.

    Sue has been working for over 25 years as a psychotherapist, trainer, manager of counselling services and supervisor in the NHS, Voluntary Sector, Further and Higher Education. She has specialised in working with young people and eating disorders. Currently she supervises teams and individuals in the NHS, Higher Education and voluntary sectors. She is an external examiner for Counselling/Therapy Courses in Higher Education.

    Adella Shapiro, Course Tutor
    UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
    MA Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy; Dip Integrative Psychotherapy.

    Adella is a trainer, supervisor and psychotherapist with an extensive experience in the voluntary, private and statutory sectors. A Minster Centre graduate, she has worked in the past 30 years with individuals and groups in different settings. She has supervised psychotherapy students, NHS managers and group facilitators, psychotherapists and counsellors working within the NHS and voluntary institutions with diverse client groups.

    Philip Reilly, Course Tutor
    MA, Dip Psych, UKCP Reg, BACP Snr. Accred.

    Philip is an integrative psychotherapist and supervisor who has over 25 years’ experience in both the statutory and voluntary sectors of mental health. Philip has, over the years, developed and managed various counselling and mental health services in both Voluntary and Statutory organisations. As well as his work at the Minster Centre, Philip is currently in private practice in North London and works as a supervisor for a leading North London counselling service.

    Comments from previous attendees:

    "The structure was excellent, boundaried, clear and always seemed to get consolidated and with a constant view on integration. Excellent, I'd recommend this to anyone."

    "I have gained a good grounding in the supervision process and a solid foundation to base my growth as a supervisor."

    "The course fully met my expectations. I learn best from a mixture of theory, practice and experiential, which I felt the course gave in a balanced way."

    "Well structured. Gave space for thoughts, feelings, experiences and included my process of development as a person and professional."

    "The course went beyond my expectations. I hadn't expected to learn as much. It was containing and expanding and challenged a growing edge a lot of the time."

    "It has exceeded my expectations, especially in being a truly integrative experience... this has been a rich and satisfying meal."

    "I thought there was a good balance between teaching, experiential work, role play and discussion and the different characters of the course facilitators complemented the overall process very well."


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