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Essential Supervision Skills (BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision) (2 days)

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Essential Supervision Skills (BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision) meets the training standards required for Chartered Psychologists to confer eligibility to the British Psychological Societys Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS).

Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS) Society-approved training courses (PDF document).

SDS Live Webcast:
Essential Supervision Skills - 24-25 October 2019

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This practical two day course is ideal for those who supervise the clinical and casework of others and/or those wishing to train in it.

The course is designed to provide you with an up-to-date theoretical overview of clinical supervision along with its practical application within a range of practice environments. The Certificate will draw heavily on psychological theories of therapy, learning and management including the Kolb Learning Cycle and Parallel Process models.

The two days combine an overview of the supervision process with an exploration of the practical problems which arise within it. A particular focus will be on common supervision problems and dilemmas and how they can be successfully addressed.

With lots of opportunities for asking questions, sharing your supervision problems and networking with your colleagues this training is absolutely essential for those already delivering supervision or those wishing to train in it.

Learning outcomes and objectives:

  • Delegates will have an understanding of both the functions and commonly used models of clinical supervision from Proctor to Hawkins and Shohet, from didactic approaches to solution focused ones
  • Delegates will understand how to structure supervision to meet their own and their supervisees' needs and build a productive relationship between supervisor and supervisee
  • Delegates will learn how to make supervision stimulating and to balance informal and formal elements in supervision
  • Delegates will practice the use of a number of supervision protocols and scripts and explore their adaption to their own supervision circumstances
  • Delegates will understand the different and interrelated nature of supervision, mentoring and consultancy
  • Practical issues from setting, frequency and duration, contracts and record keeping will be addressed
  • Delegates will explore common supervision problems and dilemmas and practice their resolution

Amongst others, the following issues will be explored and discussed:

  • What Exactly Should I Be Doing As A Supervisor?
  • A range of practical problems are explored and resolved:
  • Should or shouldn't there be a line management relationship between supervisor and supervisee?
  • How do I give feedback in supervision?
  • How do I balance professional responsibilities with a developmental/supportive role?
  • What about supervision records?
  • What is the role of confidentiality in supervision?
  • What Should My Supervision Meetings Consist Of?
  • How to deal with common supervisory dilemmas such as:
  • The supervisee who does not want to develop their skills
  • What to do with third party information regarding supervisees' work
  • How to deal with caseload management
  • The supervisee who resists all aspects of supervision.

To advance your Accreditation Level in Clinical Supervision and complete the BPS Approved Certificate you need:

This course is available for in-house training.
For further details on in-house training visit: http://www.sdsinhouse.co.uk

I attended the SDS Essential Supervision Skills course and learnt more in 2 days than in a previous level 6 diploma course! The tutor was excellent, with the perfect mix of delivering essential knowledge, interactive skills practice, and humour. I enjoyed the course, and recommend SDS seminars for great value and high quality CPD.
Cathy Macbeth, Facebook Review

"I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the course. It was excellent, Paul was wonderful, engaging and kept a good pace throughout, he must be exhausted today! I was worried about studying via webcast but it worked really well, I will definitely do it again and recommend your course."
Claire Locke, Counsellor

I am safe in the knowledge that I have been going along the rights lines, but I now have additional tools in my kit to make supervision more interesting. I feel better that I have a structure to work to and a way of reflecting upon supervision sessions. Thank you, this has been very useful training, I shall now try to tactfully recommend this to my supervisor!
L.C., Chartered Forensic Psychologist

Course Price:

Early Bird Price: £275 + VAT (£330) per delegate to include refreshments and course materials. This discount is available on bookings made more than 1 month prior the course date event.
Regular Price: £290 + VAT (£348).

Certificate of Attendance:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 14 CPD training hours on the day.

SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision:
This course gives you Level 1 Accreditation (Foundation)
To obtain Level 2 Accreditation (Assessed Academic Competence) pass an online exam
Read more about SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision

(The British Psychological Society)
24-25 OCTOBER 2019
Places available
(The Ibis Hotel)
19-20 NOVEMBER 2019
Places available
(The British Psychological Society)
5-6 FEBRUARY 2020
Places available
(The British Psychological Society)
17-18 JUNE 2020
Places available
(The British Psychological Society)
4-5 NOVEMBER 2020
Places available
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Booking Conditions
SDS Live Webcast

Be part of SDS events via our interactive live WEBCASTS:

  • Live video feed
  • Live presentation slides
  • Opportunity to ask questions
  • Opportunity to discuss the course with other delegates
  • Voting in polls
  • Additional resources online
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Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. With degrees from Oxford University and the University of Sussex, Paul trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist within a wide variety of services and headed one of the first UK research projects designed to help clients withdraw from benzodiapine addiction. He has subsequently worked in primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health as both a clinician and manager. He has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Over 90,000 professionals have worked directly with him. Paul has also designed and facilitated clinical supervision systems across a number of UK services. He has a wide range of current interests including: client resistance, resource based therapies and personality disorders. He has also presented and written on a range of psychological issues - from psychological interventions post-stroke to the application of solution focused work with complex clients.

Paul is the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training. Paul is the author or editor of over 34 training films within the psychotherapy training field over the last decade and both commissions and provides training in a range of contemporary psychotherapy fields. Paul commissioned SDS Seminars’ BPS Approved Introduction to CBT – a course which has recently (June 2015) seen its 1000th student successfully complete. The BPS Approved Essential Clinical Supervision Skills devised and delivered by Paul is one of the very few non-university based Supervision courses which confers eligibility to the BPS’ Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist. An extremely informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work.

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