Counselling Supervision Training Online • Counselling Tutor

Certificate in Clinical Supervision Including
Online and Telephone Working

 Next course will begin in April 2022

This counselling supervision training is delivered entirely online inside the purpose-built Counselling Tutor virtual learning environment.

You will also attend live, tutor-led, sessions, live supervision demonstrations, work online with peers and receive observational feedback from tutors.
(The live events are held on Zoom)

— Click the button below to join the Update List for details about the April 2022 Intake —

  • Please ensure you meet the enrolment criteria before joining (details below under ELIGIBILITY)
  • You can enrol on this training using the checkout link on this page (details below under PRICING)
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The Counselling Tutor Certificate in Clinical Supervision including Online and Telephone Working leads to a professional qualification in clinical counselling supervision.

This training gives you the tools, and knowledge, to be able to work professionally and safely with supervisees, in both a face-to-face setting and online using digital technology and telephone.

Upon graduation, you can submit your qualification to your professional body and offer supervision in a face-to-face setting as well as online.

The training aims

  • Gain a professional qualification that you can use in service of others
  • Enhance your knowledge and understanding of supervision
  • Become skilled in the technology, practice, and ethics of online supervision delivery
  • Progress your career and professional standing
  • An ideal route for those therapists who choose to apply for an accredited supervision status

Qualification Mapping

This training is mapped to the BACP supervision competence framework, the National Counselling Society (NCS) Good practice guide for supervision and the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO) Online supervision competencies.

This training follows the guidance set out in the BACP Counselling Supervision Training Curriculum published by BACP Professional Standards.

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Have you considered training as a clinical counselling supervisor?

Or, perhaps you are already a supervisor but wish to update and expand your knowledge to cover supervising online?

Perhaps "now" feels like the right time to take that next step in your professional journey and make an investment in yourself and your practice.

If you are a qualified therapist, or supervisor, with over 2 years of practice experience, and you feel ready to stretch yourself and be inspired, then this training may be a perfect fit for you.

(please see eligibility criteria below)

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There has been a massive explosion in the numbers of counsellors who have upskilled to work online due to social distancing.

Online work has become quite predominant, with thousands of therapists and agencies offering blended delivery including working remotely and by telephone.

Ethical good practice suggests - online practitioners should get supervision from a supervisor who is trained in the medium of working.

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The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) states in its Online and Phone Therapy (OPT) Framework (2021, p. 13) that its members must have:

7 Ability to source and make use of appropriate supervision for OPT
i. An understanding of how to source a supervisor with knowledge and experience of OPT
ii. An ability to make use of online/phone supervision, e.g. by:

Engaging with supervision that parallels the type of therapy offered e.g. phone, online platform, email
Acknowledging in supervision the particular phenomena raised in blended therapy e.g. phone and in the room, online and in the room, phone and online.
Using supervision to reflect on and discuss the impact OPT may be having on the client and/or practitioner using supervision to support and develop own OPT practice.

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Becoming skilled in this important area of clinical supervision may therefore represent an opportunity to develop your practice.

Gaining the competence to supervise both face-to-face and online opens new professional and personal development opportunities.

Blended service delivery (face-to-face and online) has now been widely adopted as the delivery method going forward as it offers clients choice and convenience.

This training course covers both traditional face-to-face supervision, as well as up-to-date online and telephone working, with supervisees who offer online or telephone services.

This training will support you in expanding your ability as you broaden your skillset and gain confidence, and real-world experience, within a safe learning environment.

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This training is suitable for practitioners who…

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  • Hold a formal, recognised qualification in counselling or psychotherapy at diploma level or above
  • Have been in practice for a minimum of 2 years post-graduation (or have over 400 hours of practice experience)
  • Are a member of a professional body and work within an ethical framework
  • Attend regular supervision according to the requirements of their professional body
  • Undertake regular Continuing Professional Development in line with their professional body requirements.
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Further requirements

  1. As this supervision training includes training on both face-to-face and online working, the applicant must either hold a formal qualification in online and telephone counselling or be willing to undertake the required CPD training to gain online competence. (Our team can help if you do not already have this training in place)
  2. You will be required to produce a letter from your current supervisor supporting your application to train as a counselling supervisor. (This letter will be requested by your tutor after enrolment, and you will be given the criteria to give to your supervisor)
  3. You will need a laptop, or computer, that connects to the internet and has a camera and microphone to attend the live training sessions held every 2 weeks.
  4. You will need a suitably strong internet connection that can stream live video.
  5. You will need to have the time and capacity to attend (online using your computer) 6 live full-day training sessions (40 hours total) that run from 10 am to 4 pm every 2 weeks (See training dates below for more details).
    NOTE 80% attendance is required at live online events to pass this training; this is in line with the BACP supervision training curriculum.
  6. You will need the time and capacity (around 8 to 9 hours per week) to undertake the self-directed learning elements in the learning portal and the required reading.

NOTE: You can do the self-directed learning at a time that suits you.

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We will have 3 separate cohorts, or intakes, starting in April 2022.

Each cohort will meet once every 2 weeks using Zoom.
2 cohorts run on alternate Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm and the third cohort runs on a weekday from 10 am to 4 pm.
NOTE: the final dates have not yet been confirmed for April 2022, join the update list and we will email the update to you as it becomes available.

Meetings take place online via Zoom so there is no need for travel, parking, lunch arrangements.
Refer to the handbook to see what is covered at the live tutor-led events.

To download a handbook please CLICK HERE

Look at the table below in the pricing section to see what dates best fit you.

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The cost for the training is £1200
If you pay the entire fee up-front, a discount of £100 is automatically applied, so the £1200 becomes £1100.

Payment plan

The following payment plan is offered.
Initial deposit £200 followed by 5 monthly payments of £200 

How to Enrol

To enroll in this training, first, ensure you meet the eligibility criteria, then join the update list using the green button below. When the training dates are finalised you will receive an email inviting you to enroll.

NOTE: Places on each training cohort are limited.

Places are given on a first-come-first-served basis. If a cohort is sold out, you will be notified during checkout and offered alternate options.

What is included

Apart from the formal training you also get...

  • Lifetime access to all training materials - Even after graduation you can log in and refresh your learning at any time.
  • Lifetime updates - Ethical bodies update their frameworks from time to time. When they do we will reflect the changes by updating the course content. All past graduates will get all future updates to ensure their training remains current and reflects best practice.
  • Access to all lectures, learning materials, resources, and live training sessions. Your cohort live sessions will be recorded and available in your learning environment dashboard to review. Only your cohort will see your replay sessions.
  • All assessment fees include one remark if an assignment is referred.
  • Access to a private community during your training. This enables you to communicate and network with the peers in your cohort and to arrange to do buddy work and simulated supervision sessions.
  • Inclusion, as a placement supervisor, in the Counselling Tutor - Online Supervisor Directory. When you go into placement supervision you can list your placement service in the directory for free.
  • 1 year professional listing in the Counselling Tutor Online Supervision Directory. When you graduate you will be given a 100% discount code to use for a 1-year free listing in the Online Supervision Directory.
  • Certified Supervisor Badge. Upon graduation, you will receive your certificate PLUS a certified supervisor digital badge to use in your email signature, on your website, and on your advertising materials. 
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This counselling supervision training course has been built to be delivered entirely online. 

It is delivered within the purpose-built Counselling Tutor virtual learning environment meaning you can enjoy the self-directed aspects of this training at a time and pace that suits you.

This flexibility means the training can fit around a busy work, home, life balance.

You will also engage in a combination of self-directed learning, live online tutor-led sessions, and peer-observed simulated engagements.

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- Video lectures presented by Rory Lees-Oakes
- Downloadable slide packs, transcripts, and sound files
- Practical case discussion applying the material to practice, and looking at real-world applications
- Resources and downloads
- Tasks to reflect on
- Additional learning and access to related specialist lectures
- Suggested reading and viewing
- Live teaching, including tutors demonstrating supervision practice

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No matter what your base modality, the Counselling Tutor online supervisor training will give you the structure, skills and competencies to clinically supervise counsellors safely and ethically.

8 modules and 40 lessons guide you through everything from setting your supervisory mindset, creating your contracts and practice paperwork, and delivering clinically sound supervision.

The course is underpinned by the Shohet and Hawkins Seven-Eyed Model of supervision developed by Peter Hawkins and Robin Shohet.

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Assessment and Placement

After live session 6 of the training, you will have 90 days to complete parts 1 and 2 of the assignments.

  • Assignment 1 is a 2000-word essay.
  • Assignment 2 is a transcription of a recorded session.

You will be supported through the assignments by the tutor team so you don't have to do this alone.

Our team is neurodiverse-friendly. If you have any challenges such as dyslexia, ADD and ADHD, then please do let a tutor know and you will be supported.

An in-depth assignment briefing in week 6 will cover all aspects of both assignments including word counts for each section, how to record and transcribe using free tools, and how to reference.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and get additional support where you need it.

Tutor observations also form part of the formative assessment of the course.
Peer practice sessions observed by tutors are for developmental purposes and working towards fitness to practise.

Supervision Placement 

The final part of the assignment – 20 hours of placement supervision – needs to be submitted within 12 months after the final live session.

You will need to find placement supervisees to work with to gain your placement hours. Counselling Tutor do not supply supervisees; however, we will give guidance on where to find supervisees.
Our team will help as much as we can using our resources.


To become a great supervisor requires a robust understanding of the theoretical principles, underpinned with support and confidence building through real-world experiential practice. You will undertake this journey under the expert guidance of our kind and patient tutor team who serve with a passion to make a difference in the world.

Our tutors are counsellors, as well as highly experienced supervisors, and each holds a formal teaching qualification as well as a certificate in online and telephone working.
This means you get expert guidance, feedback, and support as you build your competencies, theoretical knowledge, and practical experience.

Our team is neurodiverse-friendly. If you have any challenges such as dyslexia, ADD and ADHD, then please do let a tutor know and you will be supported.

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The balance of self-directed learning, tutor-led session, and experiential training with your course peers gives a rich and varied learning journey that is supportive, engaging, and enjoyable.
You will be joining a counselling family of like-minded peers where you can both give and receive support.

e-therapy course tutor Ken Kelly

Kenneth Kelly

Kenneth – or Ken – Kelly is a practising counsellor and a clinical supervisor.

Ken completed a post-graduation certificate in online and telephone counselling in 2012.

He also holds a teaching qualification and authored the textbook Basic Counselling Skills: A Student Guide.

In his position as Co-Director at Counselling Tutor, Ken focuses on online training provision and specialises in outcome-based online learning.

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Rory Lees-Oakes

Rory Lees-Oakes is Co-Director at Counselling Tutor and author of Counselling Theory in Practice: A Student Guide.

He spent over a decade lecturing in counselling. Rory is a qualified counsellor, clinical supervisor and lecturer.

In 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Silver Plato award for outstanding use of technology in education. He is also a Fellow of the Pearson Teaching Awards.

An avid drinker of tea, he’s more likely to be found in a tea room than a bar.

Christine Shore

Christine Shore

Christine is a qualified counsellor, teacher, lecturer and clinical supervisor. She completed a post-graduation certificate in online and telephone counselling in 2020. Christine has extensive practice experience in several settings, including working with EAPs, care homes, in the workplace and with the constabulary. She has a busy private practice.

Christine is a qualified reiki practitioner and also has a history of experience in one to one work with individuals of all ages in learning support, advice, guidance, education and management.

She has carried out phenomenological research into humour in counselling.

Gillian Johnson - Supervision course tutor

Gillian Johnson

Gillian is a qualified counsellor, lecturer, fieldwork supervisor and mentor. She has wide-ranging practice experience, including working within higher education settings, mental health settings and with community-based voluntary services such as Cruse Bereavement and Victim Support.

She also works in her private practice on a one-to-one basis. She completed a post-graduation certificate in online and telephone counselling in 2020.

Gillian is currently completing her Advanced Master’s in Counselling and Psychotherapy and her dissertation on Supervision with the focus on the need for it to be available to anyone working with people.

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Module 1: Introduction to Clinical Supervision

This module considers supervision within an ethical and legal framework.

You will gain an introduction to supervision and explore the context of the difference between supervising online and in a face-to-face setting.

You will explore your own competencies and consider the ethical and legalities that underpin clinical supervision practice.

Module 2: Model the Supervisory Relationship

Module 2 will guide you in developing your approach to the supervisory relationship.

You will look at boundaries, create a supervision contract, learn to use challenges in a supportive manner, and explore how theory and skills enhance the supervision relationship.

You will also learn about supervision in the digital environment

Module 3: Working with Diversity in Supervision

In Module 3 you will focus on working with diversity in your counsellor supervisory relationships. You will look at legislation and ethical considerations in relation to barriers that may arise when supervising counsellors in your practice.

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Module 4: Transferring Skills into an Online Environment

Module 4 is all about how you will support your supervisees who work online and how you can manage your own online supervision practice. You will be guiding your supervisees to adapt to an online environment, you will be developing a User-Centred approach to counselling supervision and exploring best practices during the different stages of supervision.

Module 7: Self Reflection

By Module 7 you will now be in supervision placement. This module will help you map the  ongoing support you will need to refine and develop your professional practice

Module 5: Self Awareness and Self-Care

Module 5 focuses on you as the supervisor and how you will manage your own self-care and support. Being a reflective and reflexive practitioner will keep you psychologically safe and help you manage your work life balance in a way that is both professional and respectful to yourself.

Module 8: Group Supervision

Module 8 takes the learning and experience you have acquired during this course and teaches you how to apply this in a group setting. You will explore the differences of working with groups, how to identify and manage group processes and you will look at an example agenda for a particular group session

Module 6: Supervise to Theory

Module 6 teaches the Shohet and Hawkins Seven Eyed Model of Supervision. This theory will provide you with a framework for developing your supervision practice. The Seven Eyed Model of supervision gives you a blueprint that helps you focus on different areas of your supervisee interaction. You will take part in experiential sessions and receive feedback from your tutor as you develop your theory, skills, and competence to work safely and ethically with those you supervise.

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