Diploma in Counselling Supervision

Diploma in Counselling Supervision

We are now accepting applications for our COSCA Validated Diploma in Counselling Supervision course commencing in September 2023.

About the Course

  • Are you an experienced counsellor looking for “another string to your bow”?
  • Already a supervisor but feel uncertain about the theory that underpins your work?
  • 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. The Diploma is aligned with the BACP Supervision Core Competencies. Delivered over 10 days using a blended approach of face-to-face and online training, 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. 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.


“The course has taught me how to move a ‘step above’.  I recognised the quality of the teaching provision I have been given and it has made me a better practitioner”. Diploma in Counselling Supervision student, July 2022.

Module 1 – Laying Foundations

  • What is supervision? Introduction to theory and models of supervision
  • The supervision frame: roles of supervisee and supervisor
  • Contracting in supervision
  • Supervision skills practice
  • Reflective group space

Module 2 – Deepening Foundations: Ethics

  • Ethics, safeguarding, dilemmas and the development of ethical maturity
  • The transition from practitioner to supervisor
  • Unconscious process in ethical decision making
  • Models of supervision
  • Supervision skills practice

Module 3 – Developing Identity 

  • Parallel process
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Challenge in supervision
  • Development of own philosophy and identity in supervision

Module 4 – Group Supervision

  • Theories and principles of group supervision
  • Contracting in groups
  • Considerations for working with groups
  • Creative interventions in groups
  • Group skills practice
  • Working creatively

Module 5 – Integration 

  • Teaching in supervision
  • Online supervision practice
  • Consolidation of own philosophy of supervision
  • Supervision of your 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 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 the ethical framework within which you practice.

Transcript Analysis – Complete two 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 supervisory theory.

Case study (3000 words) – Describe and critically evaluate your chosen models of supervision, demonstrating how your chosen models correspond with your philosophy of supervision. Please use two case studies from from your Supervision practice.


It is the applicant’s 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.

Physis Scotland students need to complete 24 placement hours and must have experience of both online and face to face work. These hours are to be met within 6 months of completing the taught component of the programme.

Placements with Physis Scotland in Collaboration with UK Counselling Network CIC

Physis Scotland in partnership with the Award Winning Social Enterprise UK Counselling Network CIC are passionate about delivering accessible, quality counselling and psychotherapy to all. We recognise that accessing quality therapy can be difficult because of lengthy waiting lists and high costs and are delighted to offer our low-cost counselling service to people throughout Scotland on a low income. The service is staffed primarily by existing trainees in Advanced clinical training, all of whom have been endorsed to practice, are in regular supervision and are on our Diploma in Counselling using TA programme.

Physis supervision students can apply to be placed on the list as extra supervisors for the therapists.

2023/2024 Course Dates

  • 30th September/1st October 2023 (please note this weekend will take place face to face)
  • 18th/19th November 2023 (please note this weekend will take place online)
  • 20th/21st January 2024 (please note this weekend will take place online)
  • 16th/17th March 2024 (please note this weekend will take place face to face)
  • 27th April 2024*
  • 22nd/23rd June 2024 (please note this weekend will take place face to face)

*Please note, each student will need to schedule an online tutorial with Nicky on the 27th April 2024.

Course Fee

The annual course fee for 2023/2024 is £1584 (inc. VAT). If you are being sponsored through your organisation, the fee is £1944 (inc. VAT). Please note, if your sponsoring organisation is a charity, the course fee is £1584 (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 – please do be in touch with us if this is of interest to you.

Course Tutor

Nicky Worrall TSTA (P)


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


National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society

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

“Nicky engaged the group very well, maintaining strong contact with each of the members and supported the learning through moments of clarification and crystallisation. Nicky was open and attentive to all professional modalities in the group and offered a wonderful learning opportunity to the delegates as she translated counselling material from one theoretical modality to another”. External Examiner, July 2022.

How to apply for this course

Applications for our September 2023 course are now open.

The Diploma in Counselling Supervision information booklet and application form are available to download from the link below. Once we receive your application form and supporting documentation we will make contact with your referees. We will contact you personally to advise you of your place on the course subject to satisfactory references.

Places are limited and we recommend applying as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment. The application deadline 8th September 2023.

Any questions?

If you have any further questions about the course please telephone Fiona Firman or Fiona Cook, Directors of Training, on 07927 557 217 or email enquiries@physisscotland.co.uk

"I believe that effective supervision is one of the key pillars of good clinical practice; a place where practitioners can grow and develop both personally and professionally with facilitative support and encouragement. My guiding philosophy is based on collaboration, empowerment and the centrality of the relationship". Nicky Worrall, TSTA.

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