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Certificate/Diploma in Counselling Supervision

This short programme equips counsellors with the necessary skills, knowledge and professional development to enable them to provide supervisory support and guidance to counsellors in clinical practice.

Who is the programme for?

This programme is suitable for those:

  • Who are qualified in counselling with a minimum of a diploma and are currently seeing clients
  • Who have at least two to three years of post-qualifying experience and have gained between 300–350 hours of practical client experience

The Diploma in Counselling Supervision was approved by the Association of Christian Counsellors as meeting their criteria/standards/Christian content in 2014, enabling delegates to apply for accreditation with the ACC as a supervisor (once other qualifying criteria have been met). Please note that awarding accredited status is at the discretion of the awarding body.

How long is the programme?

This programme is taught in two parts: the Certificate (Stages 1 and 2)  and the Diploma (Stages 3 and 4). These are both taught with two separate two-day teaching blocks in the academic year of 2018-19.

Due to the structure of the programme, delegates must complete all four stages in order to qualify for the internal award of a Diploma in Counselling Supervision.

All four stages amount to 60 hours of tutor training, the number of training hours required by the Association of Christian Counselling (ACC) in order to accredit as a supervisor.

What is the programme content?

This programme includes:

  • Understanding the roles, responsibilities, tasks and complexities of supervision
  • Considering ethical and legal responsibilities of supervision, including boundaries and contract issues
  • Developing the necessary skills to establish an effective working alliance
  • Sustaining a supervision session with a counsellor or a group of counsellors
  • Analysing and self-evaluating the supervisory process, including own practice of supervision
  • Understanding group dynamics and complexities of group supervision
  • Managing issues of difference and diversity
Where is the programme taught?

This programme is taught at our Waverley Abbey House campus.


What are the dates and fees for this programme?
What to do next?


Attend an Open Day

During the academic year, we offer a number of engaging Open Days at Waverley Abbey House. This is a great opportunity for you to explore the College programmes further. Come along and meet tutors and current students to find out if studying at Waverley Abbey College is the right place for you. To book a place on an Open Day, please email

Make an Application

For our validated programmes, applications are normally made in the spring and summer term prior to the start of the programme. Once your application has been received, you will receive acknowledgement and be invited for an interview.