Postgraduate Diploma Consultative Supervision

Delivered through a combination of distance learning and experiential weekends, the part-time Postgraduate Diploma Consultative Supervision has an excellent reputation as a comprehensive training package for continuing professional development, covering both the practical and theoretical aspects of consultative supervision. This course is enjoyable, creative, and experiential. It is suitable for counsellors, psychotherapists (of all modalities), and other helping professionals such as teachers, social workers, IDVAs and ISVAs, ministers, sign language interpreters, and anyone who wants to offer non-managerial supervision in a warm and creative environment. 

You’ll develop a broad toolkit of theories, methods, techniques, and skills, enabling you to deliver effective, ethical, and creative supervision across professions. Your own reflective practice will also be deepened by your engagement with these models and methods. 

You can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma or continue to complete the MA degree, which consists of project managing a community-based intervention or developing a unique research study. 

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September Newport City C

The Postgraduate Diploma Consultative Supervision places emphasis on evidenced-based practice and pays close attention to the criteria outlined in the BACP curriculum framework for counselling supervision training. There is also an option to study the specific skills needed to supervise practitioners working with children and young people.

  • Individual supervision - 20 credits
    On this module you will develop a broad toolkit of strategies, models, and theories to offer individual supervision. You'll understand and practice how to structure supervision, how to work with all the key relationship dynamics at play, and how to practice ethically and safely.

  • Group supervision - 20 credits
    This module will help you to adapt your personal models of supervision to work sensitively and ethically with issues relating to diversity, with groups and the different mediums through which supervision is now being offered. You'll try out a variety of fun and fascinating creative methods, including sand-tray, collage, sculpting, and mindfulness approaches, to deepen your skills and knowledge.

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, you will choose one optional module from the following list:

  • Supervision research and supervision at an organisational level - 20 credits
    This module will resource you with specific knowledge and confidence to manage and heal complex organisational issues, team cultures, and the systems that encompass your context, and that of your supervisees. You'll also evaluate the usefulness of evidence-based practice in order to apply the principles to your own practice.

  • Supervision research and supervision of therapeutic work with children and young people - 20 credits
    You will be introduced to the systemic, ethical, legal, safeguarding and mental health issues in therapeutic work with children and young people as well ways in which developmental issues can be explored in order to improve the health and functioning of both the supervisee and the young people they work with. This module will also help you evaluate the usefulness of research and evidence-based practice in order to apply the principles to your own practice.

Students may choose to exit the course or continue to complete the MA Consultative Supervision course by conducting an innovative supervision project in the community, in an organisation of your choice. You'll devise, deliver, and evaluate a project that meets a genuine need, and develop your own career as a project manager and innovative practitioner.


This is a blended learning course, involving preparatory reading and distance learning, and seven experiential teaching blocks, in which you will explore and play with powerful reflective techniques and approaches.

On the block teaching sessions, you will have workshops that demonstrate creative approaches to practice, skills practice in small groups and group presentations. This serves to consolidate your learning from your practice in the field.

The course runs on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the academic year. 

Induction and Unit One
Systemic contexts of supervision 20th, 21st, 22nd September

Unit Two
Process and content models of supervision 19th, 20th October

Unit Three
Ethics and working with diversity 16th, 17th November

Unit Four
Group supervision process and techniques 14th, 15th December

January is a rest month

Unit Five
Creative methods and working with the unconscious 8th, 9th February

Unit Six
Organisational and team supervision OR supervision of therapeutic work involving children 7th, 8th March

Unit Seven
Evidence-based practice, research of supervision and review 4th, 5th April



You will be assessed by one recording of a real supervision session with analysis, a file of evidence containing your reflective learning from home study packs, one 3,000 word essay and two 1,500 word essays, two skills observations and one group presentation.


Students on the Postgraduate Diploma Consultative Supervision course are required to gain supervision experience through going on placement or taking on a new role of supervisor for their professional organisations. Students are required to fulfil 40 hours supervision practice (including individual & group supervision) evidenced by a supervisor’s report. You are responsible for finding yourself a suitable placement, with guidance form the course leader.

Supervision placements may be available (by application/interview) in SWCAP, the USW counselling service for the local community which operates from the University counselling clinic facilities.


We offer a suite of priority teaching rooms for use by the counselling / psychotherapy courses, and a suite of specialist practice rooms. Video recording equipment and a digital recording system for use in class are available.

There is no interview process, so applicants are selected on the basis of professional qualifications and experience, a written application, and two good references.

Counsellors and psychotherapists

  • Minimum of two years' post qualifying experience with a range of clients
  • Counsellors should be qualified to University of South Wales Diploma level or equivalent
  • Should be BACP accredited or have completed enough counselling hours to apply for BACP or an equivalent professional recognition scheme

Helping professionals

  • Helping professionals should have a professional qualification (nursing, clinical psychology, occupational therapy, social work, physiotherapy, art therapy etc) or equivalent
  • Minimum of two years' post-qualifying experience in their field

All applicants should:

  • Be a member of a professional body
  • Be receiving supervision from an experienced supervisor
  • Have a supervision placement combining both individual and group supervision in order to meet the 40 hours supervision practice requirement.
  • Upload two references with your application. One must be from your current supervisor confirming that you have completed a minimum of 400 supervised counselling hours and the other should be from your employer. If you are a therapist, your supervisor should confirm that you have completed a minimum of 400 supervised counselling hours in their reference.


Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Additional assessment or memberships: Professional Body Membership * £150
Cost may vary and is ongoing
Other: Personal Supervision * £45 - £80
10 hours supervision during the course. Cost is per month.
Other: Professional Indemnity Insurance * £120
Cost varies depending on individual circumstances. Per year.
DBS * £53.20
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS update service £13
Whilst optional at present, we strongly recommend you sign up for this service, especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note you must register with the update service within 30 days of your enhanced DBS certificate being issued.

Apply directly to the University for this course. For an informal discussion about the suitability of this course for you and your context, please contact the course lead Nicola Blunden.

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Admissions statement 

Previous graduates have found employment in local counselling agencies, the NHS, education establishments, and with USW counselling services. Many graduates have also expanded their private practice to include supervision. Students can choose to apply for the final Masters research and dissertation stage. See MA Consultative Supervision for more information. There may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, both at the University of South Wales and other UK Universities.