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Advanced Diploma in Supervision
Validated by Middlesex University

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 Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP).

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.

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.

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.


Venue: Dublin City Centre & Belfast (Date TBC)

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.

Further enquiries

If you have more questions now about the course, call David or Adam now at 01-464 2268.

Subjects taught

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


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

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

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.

Assessment method

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

Course fee

PCI College tuition fees for the Advanced Diploma Supervision beginning in October 2018 are as follows:

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.

Application Process
Applicants should complete the online application form including the Initial Deposit of €250, which is deductible from course fees if the application is successful. Applicants are entitled to a full refund of the Initial Deposit if they decide to cancel within 14 days of receipt of their application. Should an application be unsuccessful, or if the application is cancelled by the applicant following this 14 day period, an administration fee of €60 is charged and the balance of €190 refunded.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Start Date: Dublin 22nd September 2018

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