The April intake is now sold out.
Next course will begin in September 2023
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 September 2023 Intake
- Please ensure you meet the enrolment criteria before joining (details below under ELIGIBILITY)
- After joining the update list you will get the handbook and pricing sent to you via email.
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TRAINING COURSE DETAILS
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
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.
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)
WHY UPSKILL NOW?
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.
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.
PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY
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.
ELIGIBILITY AND ENROLMENT CRITERIA
This training is suitable for practitioners who…
- 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.
While we welcome students whose first language is not English, fluency in English (both spoken and written) is essential in order to participate fully in all elements of the course and to achieve its learning outcomes. Please contact us if you are unsure whether your proficiency in English is sufficient. We reserve the right to remove from the course anyone who proves unable to meet this standard.
- 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)
- You will be required to produce a letter from your current supervisor supporting your application to train as a counselling supervisor. (This will be requested after enrolment, and you will be given the criteria to give to your supervisor which will include their professional association and supervision qualification details.)
- 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.
- You will need a suitably strong internet connection that can stream live video.
- 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 (Training dates for September 2023 to be announced in July/ August 2023).
NOTE 80% attendance is required at live online events to pass this training; this is in line with the BACP supervision training curriculum.
- 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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Practice hours requirement:
Our course aims to produce competent, confident supervisors who can work both online and face-to-face with their supervisees.
This means that you will ideally complete some of your practice hours via each mode of delivery:
• To gain experience and skills as an online supervisor, you need to complete at least five of your 20 practice hours online.
• We strongly recommend that you don’t do all your hours online, so that you gain experience and confidence in face-to-face supervision too.
If your circumstances mean you’re unable to do any face-to-face hours, please contact us. We’ll do our very best to understand and accommodate your needs.
We regret that we can’t count group supervision hours, as this course focuses purely on individual supervision.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Sally-Anne is a BACP accredited counsellor, qualified lecturer and supervisor.
She currently works with police and private clients.
Sally is a passionate therapist, spending much of her free time immersed in rich counselling discussion and research.
Sally has completed a Master’s Degree, which cemented her specialism in trauma and PTSD. She has past experience working for EAPs, in colleges and with offenders.
Sally thrives on interaction, including working remotely in her practice, achieving a certificate in online working.
Nora is an experienced Counsellor, teacher, trainer and clinical supervisor.
Nora has spent more than twenty years teaching and training in Education and currently teaches in Further Education in London.
Nora has a private practice in Surrey where she offers faith-based and culturally sensitive counselling.
In addition to her private practice, Nora has worked for an NHS GP practice, St Christopher’s Hospice and family counselling services.
Nora has published articles on grief, loss and bereavement and is currently completing her MSc in Neuroscience of Mental Health.
Maria’s work as a counsellor/therapist, clinical supervisor, trainer, tutor and personal development coach is rooted in the humanistic school of psychology that emphasises looking at the whole person. As an integrative practitioner, she draws on various modalities, so the work is tailored to the uniqueness of each client
She has worked within primary care for the NHS, community counselling settings, the voluntary sector, community addictions treatment agency and residential rehabilitation settings.
She has a busy private practice and since the pandemic, most of her work takes place online. She has a postgraduate certificate in online and telephone counselling.
She has always prized supervision as part of her reflective practice and are particularly passionate about group supervision. She uses the Seven-Eyed model of supervision as a framework whilst integrating Proctor’s three tasks.
Her top signature strength is a love of learning which includes supporting others to learn.