Certificate Supervision Studies

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Supervision can and should play an important role in enabling those in the helping professions to reflect on and develop the service they provide to clients. It can support practitioners in their role and enhance and encourage their professional development. It is essential, therefore, that the ‘helping professions’ (education, health and social care, for example) incorporate supervision into their delivery plans and are clear as to its value.

This course seeks to continue to provide the opportunity for quality training for those people who will be offering supervision, either as line managers or non-line managers within the ‘helping context.’

The aim of the course is to provide an assessed course of study to enable managers, team leaders, and supervisors from a range of disciplines and employment settings to develop a common understanding of the role of supervision within the helping context. The course aims to ensure that participants who successfully complete the qualification will be capable of offering supervision within their particular organisation. It is, however, an introductory course, and of insufficient length to include assessed practice in the workplace.

You will review and develop your knowledge of supervision, learning about the theories and concepts underpinning effective supervision practice and developing a skills base on which to frame your interventions, thus enhancing your capabilities in facilitating a supervisory relationship.

The content of the programme reflects the skills, knowledge and values required to offer an effective supervision relationship. The emphasis is on the development of the capability of the supervisor to offer this relationship, using experiential methods and practical examples drawn from the work of helping professionals nationally.

Day one – orientation to the course and introduction to supervision

The first day includes an introduction to the programme and an overview of the whole course, including a brief explanation of the assignment task. The day focuses on exploring a rationale for supervision within the work context.

Day two – preparing for supervision

Day two focuses on effective preparation for supervision. You will consider issues such as creating an appropriate learning environment, being sensitive to the dynamics and boundaries of the relationship between supervisee and supervisor and being cognisant of the principles and approaches to anti oppressive and reflective practice

Day three – establishing the supervision relationship

Day three will focus on establishing the supervisory relationship. You will have the opportunity to explore the nature and the importance of developing an effective ’working alliance’ between the supervisor and supervisee. You’ll consider issues such as relationship-building, establishing expectations, contracting, confidentiality and informed consent. You will also examine the impact of dealing with diverse learning styles in supervision.

Day four – developing the supervisory relationship

You examine the factors which impact on the development of the supervisory relationship in more detail. You will focus on the ways in which different models of supervision might be facilitated in practice, including managerial and non-managerial approaches etc., and be introduced to a range of theoretical approaches and models for supervision.

Day five – the working alliance

Day five focuses on the strategies and interventions for promoting a culture of reflective practice and it considers approaches that can enable participants to work in more depth in their supervisory practice.

Day six – ending the supervisory relationship

Day six offers you the opportunity to reflect on your learning and supervision practice during their eight- week study gap. The day focuses on ‘endings’ and explores issues and techniques around closure and ending the supervisory relationship.

This course may either be taught from a University campus or from a local course centre. Attendance at all sessions is important. There is an attendance requirement for this course.

This qualification provides evidence of training in supervision and will enhance your current supervisory practice.

Through a 4000-word written assignment and action plan for your development.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 tuition fees for this course are:

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Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year part-time

Entry requirements

  • To apply, you must be engaged in supervision or about to commence by the time the course starts.



  • Not applicable

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