Postgraduate Supervision Training
Postgraduate Certificate – 10 Days
Postgraduate Diploma – 20 Days
Terms & Conditions
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This Course is Designed for
- Beginning supervisors i.e. those setting up in practice or planning to supervise therapists.
- Current supervisors who are seeking to consolidate their learning
- Supervisors who may have trained as therapists in other theoretical orientations who may be supervising person-centred therapists.
- To provide participants with a thorough introductory training in the person-centred approach to supervision.
- To develop a co-operative, mutual learning environment in which participants may learn, practice and develop their supervisory skills.
- To discuss key concepts, issues and practice in supervision including practitioners’ personal philosophy; the conditions, process and outcome of supervision; and the professional context of supervision, including responsibilities, contracts and the function of the supervisor.
- To create the opportunity to discuss comparative theory and practice of supervision.
Philosophy of the Course
The course is based on the philosophy and principles of the person-centred approach.
Qualification (or equivalent) in psychotherapy/counselling (or equivalent) plus 2 years’ experience of psychotherapy/counselling (or equivalent) and 1000 psychotherapy/counselling practice hours. We mention equivalency as an acknowledgement of practitioners not only from other theoretical orientations, but also from other fields (such as management), and disciplines (such as medicine and complementary health care) who have participated and benefited from the course. The course assumes a good knowledge of person-centred philosophy and theory, but for practitioners trained in approaches other than the person-centred approach, we offer an introductory/refresher day or suggestions for preparatory reading, which stand as a requirement for such applicants. Please contact the office for further details.
Structure and Dates
The course takes place in 5 modules, here are the dates for the course starting March 2013:
|March||11th & 12th||2013|
|April||15th & 16th||2013|
|May||13th & 14th||2013|
|June||24th & 25th||2013|
|July||15th & 16th||2013|
We will run the course again from September 2013:
|September||16th & 17th||2013|
|October||21st & 22nd||2013|
|November||18th & 19th||2013|
|December||9th & 10th||2013|
|January||6th & 7th||2014|
Each day runs from 9.30am-5.30pm.
In keeping with the philosophy and practice of the person-centred approach, the precise content will be student-centred and process-led. Notwithstanding this, participants may expect to cover the following:
- Personal values and philosophy
- Philosophy of the PCA, including: The nature of the organism, The actualising tendency, The fully functioning person
- Supervised supervisory practice in triads and demonstration
- ‘Cascade’ supervision
- The organisation of supervision
- The conditions for effective supervision, including cultural conditions
- The process of supervision – Rogers’ 7 stages and other, comparative models
- The outcomes of supervision – the fully functioning supervisee and supervisor
The Person of the Supervisor
- The therapeutic and supervisory relationships
- Personal power
The Professional and Organisational Context of Supervision
- Responsibilities and accountability of the supervisor and supervisee
- Ethical perspectives, frameworks and codes
On each module there will be opportunities for presentations of person-centred – and comparative – theory, large and small group discussion, experiential work and supervised practice of supervision.
Again, the precise form of this is decided by participants and facilitators. Successful completion of the first ten days of the Course leads to the award of a Post-graduate Certificate. The Course is repeated and those successfully completing a second Course of ten days will be awarded a Post-graduate Diploma.
I retired from the position of Director of the University of Sheffield Counselling Service during the summer, after 15 years service there.
Previously, I had worked for ten years as a counsellor in Higher Education at Leicester Polytechnic, (now De Montfort University).
Leaving school at sixteen, somewhat under qualified, (a sure sign of a misspent youth!), I ended up taking a full engineering apprenticeship before discovering full time youth work in my early twenties. Following an excellent but short training in Leicester I obtained a youth work post in the London Borough of Havering where I stayed for five years. Working with young people proved an absolute joy, though wasn’t without its moments of strain, exhaustion and elation.
A two-year stint in Jamaica then followed where I had been appointed (in addition to some classroom teaching) to develop an outdoor activities programme. Most afternoons were thus spent with groups in canoes, sailing boats, caves, walking and climbing in the hills and occasional evenings spent struggling to learn astro- navigation and painting!
My interest in counselling, which had been stimulated by the many experiences I had in youth work, was further developed in Jamaica through my association with the school counsellor whom I began to assist Fortunately, my applications to the UK to train in counselling were successful and I successfully completed the Diploma course at Keele University in 1977.
I was immensely lucky and privileged to be appointed to the student counsellor’s post at De Montfort University, where the head of service, Jean Clark, proved to be an excellent mentor and role model.
During those early years, Jean and I became very involved in multiracial issues in counselling and developed, with others, different training programmes and videos, providing contributions to national conferences and becoming founder members of what was then the RACE sub committee of BAC.
My interest and passion in this field of concern has continued to this day and I have been fortunate to have various writings published in this and other spheres of interest.
In 2003 I retired from my role as Director of the University Counselling Service at the University of Sheffield and since then have been enjoying working as an Independent Trainer, Consultant, Counsellor and Supervisor.
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What to say? What tales to tell of my half-century-plus life experience? And what assumptions will you, the reader, make as you read whatever I choose to write from among the many possibilities? And how will we navigate the textured terrain we weave between us now if we actually meet in the future?
Well, here goes. Through my early adult experiences of studying history, working in a bank and teaching economics and financial studies I had an unsatisfied appetite to find more meaningful work. When I became a volunteer counsellor in the late 1980s, I knew I’d found an activity that fulfilled my values and my heart, so I gave up paid work in 1992 to train full-time (and I’ve never earned as much since!).
After the Person-Centred Diploma course in Glasgow, I worked as Student Counsellor at the University of St Andrews; then from 1997 I was a counsellor and supervisor in private practice in Fife and also a tutor on counselling courses at the University of Strathclyde.
In the autumn of 2007 I stopped work completely to make space for change, though I had no idea what needed to emerge. After a bleak nine months, I found myself living and studying at the Beshara School in the Scottish Borders, my year there culminating in an intensive six month study retreat. I became fascinated by the resonance between the Person-Centred Approach (PCA) and living in a community informed by the Unity of Existence as expounded in the writings of Ibn ‘Arabi (1165-1240CE), a mystic and philosopher of the Islamic tradition.
Currently, I am writing a thesis in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh exploring the meaning of this experience of similarity and difference. I find myself in new territory: deconstruction, postmodern theology, feminist theory, the ethics of Levinas, theories of Self and Other, and more. These are fascinating current conversations which can enrich the PCA and to which the PCA can make a valuable contribution. The key to such a dialogue is praxis, and so I find myself returning to counselling, supervision and training with fresh openness to the encounter.
Cost per ten days: £1,200.00
Installment scheme available
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