About the Course

Available Study Modes
Intensive Study

Course Description

This short course is the second part of the supervision training and aims to enable students to reflect on and further develop their skills in supervising other counselling psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors.  Students will be required to have successfully completed their doctoral programme at NSPC [link to NSPC website] (or taken the Part 1 Existential Supervision Training offered through the EA) and have had one-year post-qualifying clinical experience which includes some supervisory experience.

This course, alongside successful completion of Part I Existential Supervision Training has been accredited by the BPS and fulfils the criteria for successful graduates to join RAPPS, the Register of Applied Psychology, Practice Supervisors.

The course has been designed to develop the skills needed to become a supervisor and provide a space for students to reflect on theory and their practice.

Programme of Study


Day 1


  • Explore contemporary developments and practice within supervision in relation to recent research.  Critically review knowledge on supervision gained from the previous module and how it has been applied to the students’ supervisory practice. 
  • Examine the different contexts in which counselling psychologists will provide supervision and how different organisations will have different needs.  Evaluate how each context will require different aspects of the supervision alliance.  Negotiating issues of dual roles within an organisation and understanding the tensions this creates. Understanding what, if any, are the relationships between supervisors and their employing organizations e.g. if both supervisors and supervisees are employed by the NHS or another large health care provider.  Assessing supervision needs according to level of competence and the needs of the supervisee
  • Case presentation and discussion




  • Supervision of supervision experience.  Practical skills and discussion through practice (triad, fish bowl) to develop assessment of developmental needs of the supervisee as well has developing the ability to provide constructive, meaningful and relevant feedback.

Day 2


  • Exploring issues in supervision: Relationship between Supervisee and Client
    • The suicidal client
    • The client who might need reassessment (psychotic, neurodevelopmental disorder, severe and continuing drug and alcohol problem, dementia etc)
    • The disclosure by the supervisee of sexual feelings for the client
    • Danger signals (missed sessions, persistent lateness of the client)
  • Case presentation and discussion




  • Exploring issues in supervision: Relationship between Supervisor and Supervisee
    • The absentee supervisee and other boundary issues
    • The incompetent supervisee
    • Breakdown in the relationship between supervisee and supervisor, disclosure of an ethical breach, risk to the supervisee.
    • When does supervision become therapy?
    • The supervision of the supervisor
    • Online supervision, group vs. individual, weekly vs fortnightly and so on.
    • Deputizing to other supervisors: OK or not?
    • Transparency
    • Record keeping 
    • Multiple models: OK or not

Where and When?

This course will take place over two days: 20th & 21st February 2023 and will be online.

How to Apply

Email our admissions officer, Alessio Compagnino: alessio.compagnino@nspc.org.uk


£150 + VAT         for graduates of NSPC’s DCPsych or DProf programmes or the Existential Academy’s EPT programme

£300 + VAT         for participants external to NSPC or the Existential Academy