For whom is the course
The course was one of the first in the UK built on the recognition that supervision is a discipline with a body of theory and technique of it’s own.
It was first taught in 1995 and since then has continuously evolved based on the contributions from both faculty and students.
The course is intended for counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists, mental health professionals and coaches
· who are currently supervising,
· who are considering to add supervision to their practice or
· who are expected to supervise as part of their job role.
It is not a course requirement that applicants are currently supervising, since opportunities for skills practice and peer review are provided during the course.
No less than 1 year experience post-qualification and ability to work at post-graduate level as counsellor, psychologist, psychotherapist, mental health professional and/or coach.
For trainees working potentially towards UKCP accreditation as supervisors you need to have at least 3 years post qualification.
There is currently no course accreditation for supervision training per se.
BACP and UKCP MO have their own criteria for individual supervision accreditation.
UKCP has recently published new recommendations for training and accreditation for supervisors (2012).
This course provides theory, experiential learning and supervised practice preparing trainee supervisors for supervisor accreditation through their UKCP MO (if you are a psychotherapist) or through BACP or another accrediting body. This may be via grandparenting or a more formal route.
NAOS is accredited as an organisation with the National Centre for Psychotherapy (NCP).
The course consists of theoretical, experiential and live supervision components.
The theoretical input encourages critical engagement with the theory and practice of supervision. Assessment is ongoing and aims to ensure that 1) students are able to work with the dynamics and processes of supervision; 2) that there is congruence between the student’s theoretical knowledge and their supervisory practice.
Teaching and supervisory methods emphasize the multi-layered, multi-faceted processes of supervision, including the intentional use of self.
The course philosophy is Integrative and draws on the various theoretical approaches present within the student body. Differences and similarities are equally valued on the course and it is recognized that supervisors may be required to work within the same theoretical approach as the supervisee and at times across theoretical differences.
All NAOS programmes are taught at postgraduate level and course participants are expected to work academically on this basis. Discussion within the student body is as important as the tutor-taught components.
Participants are encouraged to integrate the ideas from the course into a personally coherent model of supervision; this will be demonstrated in the written assignment for this course
There is also an acknowledgement of organisational contexts for supervision such as dual roles of clinical and management responsibility, definition of boundaries, confidentiality issues and issues arising from consulting or clinical teams rather than from individuals.
The following is an indication of themes covered, however other themes may surface as part of the on-going dialogue
· Philosophy of supervision
· Integrative frameworks
· Gestalt, CBT, psychoanalytic, transpersonal and systemic models of supervision
· The supervisor and supervisee relationship
· Supervision of supervision and monitoring good practice
· Developmental theory and processes of supervision
· Assessment of supervision competencies
· Supervision of individuals, couples and groups
· Diversity issues
· Over- and under-nurturing
· Sexuality and gender
· Systemic issues
· Parallel process
· Ethical and legal considerations
· Self care
· Embodied countertransference
The programme combines didactic and experiential learning, skills training in triads and small groups, guided reading and large group process.
The course is taught by a highly experienced faculty, representing a wide range of theoretical approaches and disciplines. All have been selected for their ability to work relationally.
For biographies see: About Us.
The faculty includes Prof Ernesto Spinelli, Effie Soultani, Ulrike Encke, Judi Keshet-Orr, Vassilis Antonas, Jaap Westerbos and Bernd C. Leygraf.
All course participants will be provided with an extensive course handbook, including handouts, code of ethics, assessment forms, essay title, a reading list and more.
The course is offered on 8 weekends (10.00 – 17.00). Total amount of 112 contact hours.
To qualify for the Diploma students are required to complete one critical reflection on a supervision session (3.500 words), one peer assessment (2.500 words), have fully paid all course fees and attend a minimum of 85% of the course.
£2.650 (incl. 20% VAT) Payable by one deposit of £100 (to reserve your place), plus 10 instalments of £255 a month.
Applicants are required to complete the application form (click here).
This will be followed by a telephone interview. If offered a place, a course contract will have to be completed and an initial deposit of £100 to secure a place. The remainder may be paid in one lump sum or in 10 equal instalments.
We have a limited number of bursary places which are allocated on a first come basis.