Course overview

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.

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.

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

Further details

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).

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.


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Further information

Book a Personal Discovery Call today and a member of our friendly team will discuss your financial options with you and answer any other questions you have.

If you require further information on this, or any of our programmes, email student.services@waverleyabbeycollege.ac.uk or call on 01252 784 784.


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