Diploma in Counselling Supervision

Are you an experienced counsellor looking for “another string to your bow”?

Or are you already a supervisor but feel uncertain about the theory that underpins your work?

Or are you a psychotherapist interested in developing a Counselling Supervision practice?

This course could be just what you’re looking for!

The Physis Scotland Diploma in Counselling Supervision programme is an integrative supervision training drawing on TA philosophy and based on a wide range of theories. Delivered over 10 days, this will involve a highly interactive and experiential training process focusing on both supervisory skills and theoretical knowledge.

This dynamic training will enable you to:

  • Develop an in depth knowledge of several models of supervision, both developmental and task focussed
  • Establish a clear ethical framework for your work as a supervisor, and enable your supervisees to develop their own ethical thinking and practice
  • Understand the differences between therapeutic work and supervision, and be able to work at the boundary of these aspects whilst maintaining the role of supervisor
  • Learn supervision skills for working with both novice and experienced counsellors, and apply appropriate interventions to working with both groups
  • Understand and critique applications of supervision for both individual and group supervision
  • Develop your identity as a supervisor based on your own philosophy of supervision.

Applicants must have a COSCA Diploma in Counselling or equivalent minimum level of counselling/psychotherapy training, have worked as a counsellor or psychotherapist for two years post Diploma qualification and completed at least 450 hours of practice as a counsellor or psychotherapist. Applicants must also be in ongoing supervision for their clinical practice. A basic knowledge of Transactional Analysis would be an advantage, for example attendance at a TA101 or similar. In addition, all applicants must be either practicing as a supervisor or have the opportunity to supervise at least 2 supervisees working with adults over the duration of the course.

MODULE 1 – Laying Foundations

  • Contracting in supervision
  • What is supervision? Introduction to theory and models of supervision
  • Supervision frame – being supervisee, being a supervisor
  • Supervision skills practice
  • Reflective group space

MODULE 2 – Deepening Foundations and Ethical Practice

  • Ethics and safeguarding – ethical dilemmas, development of ethical thinking in professional practice
  • Theory of supervision
  • Supervision skills practice
  • models of supervision
  • Demonstration of supervision and discussion
  • Contracting
  • Depth, creativity and metaperspective

MODULE 3 – Developing Identity 

  • Parallel process
  • Challenge in supervision
  • Supervision skills practice
  • Creative work in supervision
  • Development of own philosophy and identity of supervision
  • Anti oppressive practice

MODULE 4 – Co-Creation in Group

  • Theories of group supervision
  • Compare/contrast with individual supervision
  • Contracting
  • Group skills practice – all, across the 3 days
  • Theories and principles of group supervision
  • Challenges/considerations/gains in group supervision

MODULE 5 – Integration 

  • Consolidation of own philosophy & identity of supervision
  • Teaching in supervision
  • Owning the supervision space


Formative assessment:

This will be made by the course tutors during the training days, evaluating skills development and understanding of theory demonstrated during the training process. The transcript assignments have a formative assessment component alongside their Summative scoring.

The supervisor of supervision will be asked to provide an endorsement to practice supervision by the end of the training.

Summative assessment:

All written assignments will be graded according to the post graduate assessment scales found in the supervision training handbook.


Essay (3500 words) – Outline and critically evaluate your philosophy of supervision, including underpinning theories and models, and the ethical framework within which you practice. This will include a transcript of a 5 minute excerpt of live supervision from your practice, including appropriate “front sheet” information, and commentary linking to supervision theory and your philosophy of supervision.

Case study (3000 words) – Describe and critically evaluate your chosen models of supervision using a case study from your Supervision practice. This will include a transcript of a 5 minute excerpt of live supervision, appropriate “front sheet” information, and commentary linking your analysis of your case study to your chosen models.

Reflective practice assignment (2000) – Reflect on your transformative experience, insights and learnings during your journey towards becoming a supervisor. Include your experience in the group, your experience as a learner, your experience in skills practice and your experience with the Tutors.  This can include extracts from your reflective journal, poem, images and any other creative material.


It is the applicants responsibility to find suitable supervisees. Applicants currently not practicing as a supervisor will be supported in identifying the placement setting where they will acquire the 24 hours of supervised supervision practice in order to complete the Diploma award. This should be supervised by a Physis Scotland approved ‘supervisor of supervision’ in a ratio of 1 hour supervision of supervision to every 6 hours of supervision practice. Please contact Physis Scotland for a list of Physis approved supervisors.

Placements with UK Counselling Network CIC

Physis Scotland have links with the UK Counselling Network CIC, a low cost counselling service based in Leeds, which offers open ended counselling to clients. Physis Scotland supervision trainees can apply to be placed on their list as extra supervisors for their counsellors.

Physis Scotland supervision trainees can complete 12 of their placement hours online with UK Counselling Network and the remaining 12 face to face (once pandemic restrictions are lifted). Whilst pandemic restrictions are in place, trainees can complete 24 placement hours online with UK Counselling Network.

Course Content

2021/2022 Course Dates

  • 25th/26th September 2021
  • 13th/14th November 2021
  • 15th/16th January 2022
  • 12th/13th March 2022
  • 4th/5th June 2022

Fee: £1050 (5 taught modules over 5 weekends). £150 deposit plus 3 instalments of £300

Course tutors

Bev Gibbons, PTSTA and Ronen Stilman, PTSTA


The Physis Scotland Diploma in Counselling Supervision is COSCA Validated and has Advanced Specialist training recognition with the National Counselling Society (NCS)


National Counselling Society (NCS)


A Physis Scotland Diploma in Counselling Supervision will be awarded on successful completion of the course.

How to apply for this course

The next Diploma in Counselling Supervision course will start in September 2021. For an application form and/or further details please contact Fiona Cook or Fiona Firman, Directors of Training – enquiries@physisscotland.co.uk or call 07927 557217. The application deadline is the 31st August 2021.

"Bev and Ronen are supportive, engaging trainers who both bring their individual strengths and passions and styles which I found valuable. I felt appropriately challenged and strengthened as a practitioner and trainee supervisor."

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