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Diploma in Counselling Supervision

Take your counselling career to new heights with our Advanced COSCA Validated Diploma in Counselling Supervision, starting October 2024.

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About the course
  • Are you an experienced counsellor eager for new challenges?

  • Perhaps you're already a supervisor seeking to deepen your theoretical understanding?

  • Or maybe you're a psychotherapist intrigued by the prospect of adding supervision to your practice?

Look no further. Our dynamic integrative Diploma in Counselling Supervision programme draws on TA philosophy and a wide range of theories, aligning with the BACP Supervision Core Competencies. Delivered in-person over 10 days, our interactive training will equip you with essential supervisory skills and theoretical knowledge.

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What you will gain

  • An in-depth knowledge of several models of supervision, both developmental and task focussed

  • A clear ethical framework for your work as a supervisor, and enable your supervisees to develop their own ethical thinking

  • An understanding of the differences between therapeutic work and supervision, and an ability to work at the boundary of these aspects whilst maintaining the role of supervisor

  • Supervision skills for working with both novice and experienced counsellors

  • An understanding and ability to critique applications of supervision for both individual and group supervision

  • Development of your identity as a supervisor based on your own philosophy of supervision

Pre-course requirements

  • A COSCA Diploma in Counselling or equivalent

  • A minimum 2 years post-Diploma counselling/psychotherapy experience

  • At least 450 hours of counselling/psychotherapy practice

  • Be in ongoing supervision for clinical practice

  • Be practicing as a supervisor or have the opportunity to supervise at least 2 supervisees working with adults over the duration of the course

  • A basic knowledge of Transactional Analysis (advantageous), although not a requirement

Course content

  • Forming and introduction to theory and models of supervision

  • The supervision frame: roles of supervisee and supervisor

  • Contracting in supervision

  • Ethics and supervision

  • Models of supervision

  • Development of own philosophy and identity in supervision

  • Challenge in supervision

  • Diversity and inclusion in supervision

  • Group supervision

  • Online supervision practice

  • Creative supervision


  • Minimum of 85% attendance

  • One 3000 word essay

  • One 3000 word Supervision Case Study

  • Two transcripts of 5 minute excerpts of live supervision

  • Ongoing assessment of theoretical understanding/application and practice

  • Reflective Learning Journal

  • 24 hours of supervised supervision practice, which need to be completed within 6 months of completing the taught component of the course

  • Supervisors Report

2024/2025 Course dates
  • 19th/20th October 2024

  • 7th/8th December 2024

  • 8th/9th February 2025

  • 5th/6th April 2025

  • 7th/8th June 2025

Course fee

Annual course fee for 2024/2025 is £1,584 (inc. VAT). If you are being sponsored through your organisation, the fee is £1,944 (inc.VAT).  If your sponsoring organisation is a charity, the fee is £1,584 (inc. VAT).  Physis Scotland is committed to making training accessible and inclusive, therefore a termly payment plan or alternatively, a 10-month payment plan is available. 

Any questions
If you have any further questions about the Diploma in Counselling Supervision course please telephone Fiona Firman or Fiona Cook, Directors of Training, on 07927 557 217 or email

Physis Scotland, 22 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 7RN


Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded the COSCA Validated Diploma in Counselling Supervision, and you will be able to practice as a counselling supervisor within your modality. The course also has Advanced Specialist training recognition with National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society.


Join us on this enriching journey towards becoming a skilled and confident supervisor. Apply now and unlock new possibilities in your counselling career!

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