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Advanced Diploma Supervision

Validated by Middlesex University
Designed by Prof. Michael Carroll

The working life of a counsellor, psychotherapist, social/youth worker, psychologist, nurse or indeed anyone in today's caring professions, is both challenging and demanding. To do these jobs well, support in the form of supervised practice has become an important component of professional practice. Indeed, in the field of counselling and psychotherapy, supervisors are considered gatekeepers of the profession essentially ensuring the standards and supports necessary for the protection of vulnerable people, providing active support of the helping professional and creating an environment in which the supervisee's growth and wellbeing become a key focus of the therapeutic triad (client, supervisee, supervisor). This one-year programme is designed to train experienced practitioners within the health and social care domain to provide supportive, educational and managerial supervisory skills which they can bring to private practice or their workplace setting.

Who Is This Course For?
This programme is designed to train existing professionals in the health and social care fields (e.g. counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers, youth workers, psychologists, nurses) to supervise other professionals. If you want to help other professionals thrive in difficult environments, improve your own skills as a professional and contribute to your organisation and profession then this course may be of interest to you. The same programme offers you two paths to build on your professional education – the PCI College Advanced Diploma in Supervision or a Middlesex University Advanced Diploma in Supervision and will be eligible for professional accreditation with the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP).

What Are The Benefits Of Doing This Course?
Once you graduate, you can immediately apply to IACP or other accreditation bodies for accreditation as a one-to-one supervisor either in Private Practice or in an Organisational setting. Supervision has many roles, which will to a large degree be determined by the format or forum within which the supervisor is practising. But in general, our vision of the role can be collectively defined thus: to bring objectivity to what can be a very subjective experience for the supervisee, to bring structure to what at times seems like an unstructured process e.g. counselling/psychotherapy, to bring clarity to what may be unclear and to bring kindness, support, strategies and vision to the inevitable isolation and self-doubt suffered by most health and social care professionals at some stage of their careers.

What Will You Learn?

Our programme underpins professional practice by moving to a supervisory training approach which encompasses theories and models of supervision, developing applied supervisory skills and building on your own existing personal and professional knowledge. The programme is designed to harness theoretical and experiential learning in service to contemporary best practice.

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 for 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.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a Diploma or Degree (Level 7 or higher) in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Education, Medicine or equivalent. Applicants who do not hold a Level 7 qualification may be considered on the basis of substantial relevant experience and training. Applications in this category will be considered on a case by case basis and applicants will be required to furnish documentary evidence of experience and training.

Applicants must be qualified practitioners who have begun supervising other professional practitioners (trainees or experienced) or are about to do so.

A minimum of three years' post-qualification experience as a practitioner is required.

Applicants must provide a recommendation from their supervisor.

Entry is by application form and short essay*. Applicants may be invited to interview.

*Applicants are required to submit a 500-word essay of why you wish to engage in supervisor training. Your submission should show that you have the competencies to meet the requirements of the course and the ability to write essays to the required standard and to set up supervisory arrangements where you act as a supervisor.

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

Language Requirements
All candidates are required to satisfy the English language requirement. Candidates whose first language is not English and who are presenting qualifications other than the Leaving Certificate may satisfy the requirement through the completion of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or equivalent, on the basis that they obtain a minimum band score of 6, which denotes a very good skill level of English. It should be noted that these are the minimum requirements in English and PCI College may set higher requirements in each case


Venue: Respond! - High Park Campus, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Duration: 100-hour programme over eight weekends from October to May

Careers or further progression

Graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Supervision will be qualified to practice as a professional supervisor, working with individual supervisees and in an organisational context. The programme also introduces the practice of group supervision. Career opportunities may include private practice, work with state and voluntary organisations, mental health organisations, social care providers, business and any environment whereby supervision is provided or required for practitioners. This programme can be effectively integrated with any qualification that students have already achieved. Work with families in a therapeutic setting. With an increased emphasis on therapeutic interventions at family-level, career opportunities may include private practice, work with state and voluntary organisations, mental health organisations and integration of the learning with any qualification that students have already achieved.

Further enquiries

Call David or Adam now at 01-464 2268

Subjects taught

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


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

*FHEQ (Framework for Higher Education Qualification) is the UK National Framework of Qualifications.

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

Assessment method

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

Course fee

Fee: €2,820* (plus Middlesex University Registration Fee €1,100)
PCI Graduate Fee: €2,620* (plus Middlesex University Registration Fee €1,100)

*Please note that fees include a €20 charge for Garda vetting process which is required prior to course entry.

Payment Plan:
Pay in 6 monthly instalments, through the Monthly Payment Plan. Please note that this plan will operate by Direct Debit only and incurs an Administration Fee of €100.00.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Start Date: Autumn 2019

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