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 course will be delivered over 10 days of highly interactive and experiential training.

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. 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 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.

Course Content

Module 1
• 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
• Ethics, ethical dilemmas, development of ethical thinking in professional practice
• Theory of supervision
• Supervision skills practice
• Transactional Analysis models
• Depth, creativity and metaperspective
• Demonstration of supervision and discussion

Module 3
• Challenge in supervision
• Supervision skills practice
• Creative work in supervision
• Development of own philosophy of supervision 1
• Supervision as a learning and development journey
• Emotion and supervision

Module 4
• Theories of group supervision
• Compare/contrast with individual supervision
• Contracting
• Group skills practice – all, across the 3 days
• Development of own philosophy of supervision 2
• TA theories and principles of group supervision
• Role
• Challenges/considerations/gains in group supervision


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 (3000 words) – Outline and critically evaluate your philosophy of supervision, including underpinning theories and models, and the ethical framework within which you practice.

Case study (3000 words) – Describe and critically evaluate your chosen models of supervision using 2 case studies from your practice.

Transcript analysis – Complete 2 transcripts of 5 minute excerpts of live supervision from your practice, including appropriate “front sheet” information, a commentary, and a 500 word analysis of the work done in each, referring to supervision theory.

Reflective practice assignment (2000 words) – Reflect and critique your experience of working with models of supervision, including comparing group with individual supervision in terms of process and effectiveness.  You can also include extracts from your reflective journal.
* All assignments must be submitted in order to complete the Diploma.

2020/2021 Course Dates

  • 3rd/4th October 2020
  • 23rd/24th January 2021
  • 20th/21st March 2021
  • 5th/6th June 2021
  • 21st/22nd August 2021

Fee: £1050 (4 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 October 2020. For an application form and/or further details please contact Fiona Cook or Fiona Firman, Directors of Training – enquiries.physis@gmail.com or call 07927 557217. Application deadline is the 15th August 2020.

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