Postgraduate Diploma Consultative Supervision

The Postgraduate Diploma Consultative Supervision is for members of the helping professions - health care professionals, counsellors, therapists, psychologists, social workers and the like - who provide non-managerial supervision for practitioners in their practice. Delivered by a combination of distance learning and on-campus teaching blocks, this course has an excellent reputation as a comprehensive training package for continuing professional development, covering both the practical and theoretical aspects of consultative supervision.

The inspirational teaching and learning experience combines experienced tutors who are passionate about supervision with students who are mature and skilled practitioners in their own field. The resulting learning community is facilitated to share their experience creatively, while learning the theory and practice that underpins the supervisory process.

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 an option to study the specific skills needed to supervise practitioners working with children and young people.

Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September Newport City C
Study Mode
2019
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.

Module One – Individual Supervision (20 credits)
On this module you will learn a range of supervision skills and theoretical models and are invited to develop your personal model of supervision practice which is congruent with your own theoretical orientation and working context.

Module Two – 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.

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, you can now choose one optional module:

Module Three – Supervision Research and Supervision at an Organisational Level
This module will help you understand and evaluate the usefulness of research and evidence-based practice in order to apply the principles to your own practice. You will be introduced to theory to help you understand how supervision can be used to improve the health and functioning of organisations and the individuals, groups and teams who work within them.

OR

Module Four – Supervision Research and Supervision of Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People
This module will help you understand and evaluate the usefulness of research and evidence-based practice in order to apply the principles to your own practice. 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.

Students may choose to exit the course or continue to complete the
MA Consultative Supervision course by studying a research Dissertation.

Teaching

This is a blended learning course, involving preparatory reading and distance learning, and seven experiential teaching blocks conducted on the following dates:

20, 21 and 22 September; 2 and 3 November; 14 and 15 December 2019; 25 and 26 January 2019; 22 and 23 February 2019; 22 and 23 March 2019; 5 and 6 April 2019.

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.

 

Assessment

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.

Placements

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.

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.

Lecturers

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 & Psychotherapists

  • Minimum of 2 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 2 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 2018 - July 2019 Fees


  • Part-time UK and EU:  £800 per 20 credits

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees


  • Part-time UK and EU: 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 - £60
10 hours supervision during the course. Cost is per month.
Other: Professional Indemnity Insurance £75 - £150
Cost varies depending on individual circumstances. Per year.

The Postgraduate Diploma Consultative Supervision course has a strong track record of local employers supporting staff to undertake the course because of its reputation for high standards of supervision training. Previous graduates have found employment in local counselling agencies, the NHS, education establishments, and also with USW counselling services. Some graduates have set up new supervision systems within their organisations, and others have taken up new supervisory roles, or have 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.