DATES: 2018

Module 1  Friday-Sunday 6,7,8 July

Module 2  Friday-Sunday 2,3,4 November

Module 3  Friday-Sunday 1,2,3 February 2019

Follow-up day - to be confirmed

Timings:  Fridays 2.00-7.00pm, Saturday, 9.30-5.00pm, Sunday, 9.30-3.30pm

COSTS:  MODULES 1, 2 & 3: £450.00 per 3-day module, Follow up day, £65 per person plus £50 for reading written work. 

Venue: Openings Bath

Additional Costs: Supervision of Supervision

The course philosophy

We aim to provide our professional community with confident and competent supervisors, fit to practice in an ethical manner to support practitioners and to protect the public.  To do this we will help students to develop a supervisory alliance with supervisees based on a relational approach.  We will provide a learning environment based on developing mindfulness to support practice where practitioners from a variety of modalities can learn the art, craft and skill of supervising other professionals to meet externally validated standards

Course Content: Methodology

Mindfulness is the underpinning philosophy of this training in supervision.  It is not necessary to have been practicing mindfulness in order to attend the course but the models and theories of supervision are taught and presented through the lens of mindfulness.  Each course module is grounded in mindfulness practice and the approach to supervision is experiential through contemplative enquiry into the material brought for live supervision. The common threads running through each module are; ethics, law, diversity and assessment and learning.  The trainee is expected to create a development plan as part of the course, and to start a supervision practice as soon as possible, and to bring live work to the course as part of the learning wherever possible.  Assessment of the trainee’s development is viewed from a learning perspective and comprises self-assessment as well as peer and tutor assessment.  The certificate in mindfulness-based supervision requires the completion of all 3 modules and the follow-up day however, each module also stands alone and can be attended as part of one’s CPD requirements/interests.  Experiential work in groups enables the transition from theory to practice.  

We usually set the date for the follow up day after completion of the third module.

Module 1 – The Essentials

This module starts from the learner’s perspective, exploring individual learning styles, stages of learning and development and an introduction to the different development phases of becoming a psychotherapist/counsellor/supervisor.  There is an emphasis on resourcing and grounding the trainee supervisor through the mindfulness practice of developing fulcrums, and holding through the cultivation of the attitudes of compassion, loving kindness, sympathetic joy and equanimity.  Mindful states, rather than techniques, are introduced and students are encouraged to develop a mindfulness practice between modules.  The main underpinning theories of Hawkins and Shohet and Proctor and Inskipp are presented and distinctions are drawn between the tasks and processes of therapeutic supervision.  We begin to explore the differences in tasks and responsibilities in supervising students through to very experienced practitioners

Module 2 – Applying the Theories

This module builds on the learning from module 1.  Application of the different theories is deepened, particularly the 7-eyed model, through experiential work and live supervision.  Transference, countertransference and parallel process is introduced through the 7 eyed model and the cultivation of the attitudes of compassion, loving kindness, sympathetic joy and equanimity is deepened.  Trainees will be encouraged and supported in working mindfully with these dynamic elements of relationship. Trainee supervisors are supported and encouraged to bring their own material from their own supervisees and work in live supervision sessions.  This module includes further work on establishing contracts and learning partnerships, and the ethical dilemmas these ‘normative’ tasks can create are some of the key learning tasks in this module. 

Module 3 – Working in Supervision Groups

This module builds on the learning from Modules 1 and 2 and expands the trainee supervisor’s experience of; a) supervising groups and b) being supervised in a group.  In addition the exploration of individual differences is deepened through the use of the psychometric approach of Myers-Briggs whilst the concept of self is considered from the perspective of ‘being-ness’.  The dynamics of group formation and stages of development are examined as they pertain to working in organisations, agencies and in private practice along with the different issues relating to legalities, ethics and personal values that these raise.

Between Modules

·        Trainee supervisors are encouraged to develop a mindfulness sitting practice at home between modules 

·        It is anticipated that trainees will (if they have not already started) begin to develop a supervisory practice

·        If there are sufficient numbers there is the opportunity for trainees to form a tutorial group (based on geographical/travelling ease) which would be facilitated by one of the tutors

·        Trainees are expected to read the recommended reading and to reflect on their learning. 

Formal Entry Requirements

Minimum Compulsory Entry Requirements to Training

  • At least 3 years post qualification in your profession if you intend to apply to the UKCP Supervisor's register
  • For non-psychotherapists or counsellors, i.e. those working in related fields in the helping professions, at least 2 years post qualification experience of working directly with clients.

Formal Course Requirements – Certificate Level

  •  Attendance at all three modules and follow up day
  • One short piece of written work and presentation demonstrating the trainee supervisee’s approach, understanding and reflection on their approach to supervision – this would reflect their particular modality
  • Assessment of a real supervision session 
  • 50 hours of supervision (some of which can be gained through live supervision on the course)  
  • 30 hours of supervised supervision (some of which can be gained through live supervision on the modules). This could be subject to change as a result of the UKCP’s draft consultation on supervisory standards

These hours must be achieved within a 2 year framework

Recommended Reading

    Hawkins P. and Shohet R. (2000) Supervision in the Helping Professions. Buckingham. OUP
    Carroll M. and Gilbert M. (2005) On Being A Supervisee: Creating Learning Partnerships
    Sills F. (2009) Being and Becoming: Psychodynamics, Buddhism and the Origins of Selfhood.  North Atlantic Books
    Additional handouts/web references will be provided throughout the course