Diploma in Clinical Supervision and Consultancy

“The course is a challenge to all therapists wanting to become supervisors. Proper, thorough … and in depth training of this quality should be mandatory for all supervisors….” (M.C. 2012)

At the moment we are not running the course but we do keep it listed in case we decide to run it again. Please contact us if you are interested.

This course was established 22 years ago by Bernd C. Leygraf in response to the needs of practitioners who felt that experience as clinicians was insufficient preparation for the work of a supervisor. Over the years the course continued to evolve distinct supervision competences, with input from graduates of the programme as well as the Institute of Group Analysis (UK), The Institute of Psychiatry (UK), several UK Health Authorities, the Gestalt Institute Cleveland and particularly Jane Ridley (Intimacy in Crisis, Whurr 2005) both Joseph Zinker (In Search of Good Form, GICPress 1998) and Sandra Cardoso-Zinker.

Recent UKCP guidelines on supervision recognition are integrated into the course. The course is accredited by the National Council for Psychotherapists (NCP).

We aim to prepare students for individual accreditation with BACP, AHPP, COSRT, UKCP and others.

There course is scheduled to run for 12 months and aims to prepare students for individual accreditation with BACP, AHPP, COSRT, UKCP and others. We offer an evening module plus 2 weekends, a total of 112 contact hours. The course is open to qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, coaches, nurse managers, psychologists, therapeutic community managers and case workers in organisational settings. The theoretical orientation of the course is Integrative, encouraging course participants to develop a supervision philosophy in line with this. It is envisaged that this will enable trainees to work within their own theoretical field as well as across theoretical differences. The course community is drawn from a wide range of modalities and disciplines supporting a rich and fertile learning environment. The course leans towards the relational aspects of supervision.


The course is normally offered on 8 Weekends (10.00 – 17.00) or 16 days
Total amount of 112 contact hours.


Faculty (tbc)

The faculty includes Effie Soultani, Ana Rhodes,  Jaap Westerbos and Bernd C. Leygraf.


3 Montpelier Avenue, Ealing – London W5 2XP

Full Course Content

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.

Entry Requirements:
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).

Course content
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
· Pseudo-competence
· 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.

Course dates 
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.

Application process
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.


£2.650 (incl. 20% VAT) Payable by one deposit of £100 (to reserve your place), plus 10 instalments of £255 a month.

Student Testimonials

“I especially appreciated Bernd throughout but especially the days on gestalt, Ulrike for her directness and robust challenging, Jaap for his supportive presence and work in the background.” (JH 2012)

“…all tutors were good…I felt challenged by Ulrike. Loved Jaap’s day on creativity.” (MC 2012)

“Amazing course, with a breadth of knowledgeable leading experts in various aspects of therapy! I truly feel enriched” 2014

“Mostly a great experience, never a dull moment, thought or idea. At times the group approach with its diverse membership was very challenging, and unpredictable, but it was worthwhile and there were interesting and beneficial outcomes both professionally and personally for all.”

“For me the group was the greatest source of learning, value and content. Having the mix of nationalities, gender and professional backgrounds aids an enriching group experience.”

“I am constantly applying learning from this course and will continue to reflect on my work. It has transformed my understanding and practice of supervision. As an unexpected bonus, I feel I have also improved my counselling skills as a result of the supervision practice sessions and a review of theoretical approaches.”

“I now feel more confident to practice as a ‘Supervisor’ and I am now much more keen and confident to advertise my services now.”

“Understanding the gaps in my own practice was the most useful thing I took from this training course. Learning from the course has been integrated into my practice as both a counsellor and a supervisor. I’ve overhauled my practice.”

“I thought the course was fun & skills training was very good. I learned about who I am not & what I can’t offer as well as what I can. ”

“What was most useful for me on this course? Working with people from a variety of theoretical stances and professional contexts, both course participants and faculty members. Also, opportunities to put various models into practice both as supervisor and supervisee.”

“The most useful thing about the course for me was learning about a developmental model of supervision and the seven-eyed process model. With these I feel I have a framework within which to offer supervision. It has given me confidence that I can offer supervision appropriate to my supervisees’ level of expertise and theoretical orientation. I also really appreciated the opportunity to go back to basics in revisiting how to give effective feedback. I would like to acknowledge the individual qualities and expertise of all the tutors, and to say that I took something away from every weekend. Most importantly, even though the course was challenging, I felt safe.”

“The quality of the tutors was excellent including some inspirational ones. My learning included a further journeying on my life’s course of self-discovery which will be used in every aspect of life.”

“The course is a challenge to all therapists wanting to become supervisors. Proper, thorough … and in depth training of this quality should be mandatory for all supervisors….” M.C. London-2012