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BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision (Assessed)


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

This short BPS Approved Certificate Course is ideal for those who supervise the clinical and casework of others. The full Certificate consists of: a two-day Essential Supervision Skills course that combines an overview of the supervision process with an exploration of the practical problems which arise within it (that can be used as standalone training); an online exam; a one-day Advanced Supervision Skills course and a final project. The completion of the full certificate gives you a Level 4 (Clinical Proficiency) Accreditation in Clinical Supervision.

BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision meets the training standards required to confer eligibility to the British Psychological Society’s Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS).

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

BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision consists of:

Completion of the full Certificate gives you Level 4 Accreditation in Clinical Supervision (Clinical Proficiency).

About the Accreditation for BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision

SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision, Level 1 (Foundation) is the level of accreditation you obtain by attending the SDS Essential Supervision Skills course (BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision) via live training or live/recorded webcast.

This level of accreditation gives you a Certificate of Attendance, as well as access to the course materials and other resources, and enables you to state in your CV that you have SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision Level 1 (Foundation).

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources.

This level of accreditation is renewable by sitting an online refresher course or attending a live course/webcast. Successful completion of the online refresher, which includes the associated exam, gives you SDS Level 2 Accreditation.

SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision, Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) means you have undertaken training as in Level 1, and also passed the online exam.

This level of accreditation gives you a Certificate of Completion with Assessed Academic Competence, as well as access to the course materials and other resources. It also enables you to state in your CV that you have SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) and can use qualification, CSAccred.(AAC) in your title.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, and is renewable by sitting an online refresher or attending a live course/webcast. Successful completion of the online refresher, which includes the associated exam, maintains your SDS Level 2 Accreditation.

SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision, Level 3 (Advanced) is as Level 2, with the addition of completing an advanced supervision course covering Clinical Supervision for Supervisors, Group Clinical Supervision and Conducting Internet Based Supervision.

This level of accreditation gives you a Certificate of Completion (Advanced) with Assessed Academic and Clinical Competence, as well as an access to the course materials and other resources. It also enables you to state in your CV that you have SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision Level 3 (Advanced) with Assessed Academic and Clinical Competence and use the qualification, CSAccred.(Advanced) in your title.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, and is renewable by undertaking the Level 3 refresher component which consists of: the online refresher (or a live course/webcast) and the associated exam.

SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision, Level 4 (Clinical Proficiency) is as Level 3, with the addition of:

  • Submitting a project of an acceptable standard (3,000 words). The purpose of the project is to illustrate that you can apply the academic knowledge gained from the course to practical clinical supervision situations. The project should follow one of the formats below:
    • A small quantitative research project examining an aspect of the supervision process. Prior experience and knowledge of simple experimental design and statistical analysis is required. The clinical supervision field is largely “a green field” site with multiple unaddressed questions both regarding process and especially outcomes. The “write up” should BROADLY follow the format indicated in university guides to writing up psychology research projects.
      OR
    • A qualitative report comparing either the published research and/or content of the SDS Level 1 course to the delegate’s own experience as a supervisor.
      • Similarities and differences between research/academic content and supervisor experience should be highlighted and discussed.
      • External (e.g. organisational/professional body) and internal (e.g. emotional/ethical) constraints on supervisor behaviour should be illustrated along with how those constraints were managed.
      • Similarities and differences between supervisor and supervisee experience should be illustrated along with its implications for the supervision process
      • Learning points from the above should be indicated along with how this will influence the supervisor’s subsequent practice
  • Submitting of a record of regular (no fewer than 4 times a year) supervision sessions “Supervision for Supervisors”.

This level of accreditation gives you a Certificate of Completion with Clinical Proficiency, as well as access to the course materials and other resources. It also enables you to state in your CV that you have SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision Level 4 (Clinical Proficiency) with Assessed Academic and Clinical Competence and use the qualification, CSAccred.(CP) in your title.

Also at this level you can gain Access to SDS’ Network of Qualified Clinical Supervisors.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, and is renewable by undertaking the Level 3 refresher component which consists of: the online refresher (or a live course/webcast), the associated exam, and again submitting supervision records “Supervision for Supervisors”

Course Price:

You can book each element of the certificate individually:

and therefore spread your payments.

Certificate of Completion:

You receive a Certificate of Attendance for the appropriate number of  CPD hours after each individual course.

BPS APPROVED CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION and SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision Level 4 (Clinical Proficiency) will be awarded to every student who completed the whole training programme.

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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.

“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

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