Module code: PSYM036

Module Overview

This core module focuses on the practical aspects of setting up supervision and consultation activities. It emphasises the importance of taking into account personal supervisory/consultation style, the preferred learning approach of supervises, developing a supervisory/consultation contract, evaluating outcome of supervisory/consultation interventions, and giving feedback and guidance during supervision and consultation. Typical ethical dilemmas in supervision/consultation are also introduced and discussed in this module.

This module can be purchased as an independent CPD module.

Module provider


Module Leader

TIBBLES P Dr (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: C810

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

At least one of the following three: 1) A practitioner psychologist (clinical, counselling, educational, occupational, health, forensic) eligible to registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. 2) A qualified psychotherapist or counsellor (psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, systemic, integrative) eligible to be registered with the UKCP, BPC, BABCP, AFT or BACP. 3) Qualification in a relevant profession with training in psychology at an undergraduate and/or postgraduate level (teaching, medicine, nursing, human resources, social work, occupational therapy). All candidates should be qualified professionals who have given supervision and consultation and who as part of their employment will be able to supervise and consult to others.

Module content

Lectures and Workshops will include:

1) Identifying the essential differences between supervision and consultation.

2) Identifying the essential elements for a successful supervisory/consultation relationship;

3) Modifying the supervisor/consultant style to better fit the supervisee/consultee and the context.

4) Setting up the supervision/consultation contract for individuals and for groups.

5) Obtaining feedback from supervisees/consultees.

6) Designing and using feedback forms and rating scales to direct supervisory practice and consultation.

7) The nature of giving an intervention as a consultant to an individual, group and team.

8) The organisational context of supervision/consultation.

9) Confidentiality, boundaries and ethical issues in supervision.

10) Obtaining permission to make audio-visual recordings of supervision/consultation sessions.

11) Using different supervisory mediums to expand the range of supervisory interventions, including live supervision, audio-visual recordings, recollected self-report, reports from colleagues and from clients.

12) Professional requirements including keeping logs of learning, insurance, supervision of supervision, and continuing professional development.

13) Working with difference and diversity in different contexts of supervision and consultation.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The summative assessment for this module consists of:

Preparation of a contract with individual supervisee/supervision group or a consultation contract. (Maximum word length of covering explanation 1500 words). A mark of 50% or above is required to pass this assignment.

Construction of a supervisory rating scale relevant to particular supervisees and/or supervision/consultation group, administer it and respond to feedback. (Maximum word length of covering explanation 1500 words). A mark of 50% or above is required to pass this assignment.

Formative assessment and feedback


Module aims

  • To establish a working understanding of the range of frameworks of supervision and consultation with particular reference to planning and conducting supervision/consultation
  • Improve understanding of the way frameworks of supervision and consultation can be related to preferred personal style and different contexts, and to link this with the development of critical self-reflection in order to better manage the process of supervision
  • Develop a capacity to provide responsive practice through an understanding of the procedures used to developing feedback procedures and negotiate supervision contracts

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 In-depth knowledge of the context (including professional, ethical and legal) within which supervision is provided and an understanding of the inherent responsibility (BPS and AFT/UKCP required learning outcome)
002 An understanding of the importance of modelling the professional role, e.g. managing boundaries, including protecting time, confidentiality, accountability (BPS and AFT/UKCP required learning outcome)
003 Knowledge of a number of supervision frameworks that could be used for understanding and managing the supervisory process (BPS and AFT/UKCP required learning outcome)
004 Skills and experience in contracting and negotiating with supervisees (BPS and AFT/UKCP required learning outcome).
005 An understanding of the process of assessment and failure, and show skills and experience in evaluating supervisees (BPS and AFT/UKCP required learning outcome)
006 Knowledge of ethical issues in supervision and show an understanding of how this may affect the supervisory process; including power differentials (BPS and AFT/UKCP required learning outcome)
007 Knowledge of techniques and processes used to evaluate supervision; including eliciting feedback (BPS and AFT/UKCP required learning outcome)
008 A capacity to understand the importance of attending to difference and diversity, and to be sensitive to this in relation to supervisees/consultees learning needs (AFT/UKCP required learning outcome)
009 A critical understanding of the importance of taking on a leadership role
010 Show an ability to foster an open, trusting working supervisory alliance in which the supervisee is confident to reveal work difficulties and challenges (AFT/UKCP required learning outcome)
011 Supportive (affirmation of good practice, assist the supervisee in handling practice difficulties and challenges), educative (coaching skills or mentoring to enlarge theoretical knowledge and highlight areas for further training), normative (upholding standards, values and principles of good professional practice, guiding and supporting supervisee in addressing ethical issues, balancing needs of supervisee and client, addressing issues of safety and appropriate conduct) aspects of the supervision role (AFT/UKCP required learning outcome)
012 An ability to match the style of the supervision to the experience and individual needs of the supervisee, with a particular emphasis on demonstrating understanding and capability to work with diversity and equality considerations and issues (AFT/UKCP required learning outcome)
013 An ability to recognise the specific abilities and limitations of the supervisee, these may be socio-cultural, temperamental, physical or exist within the context of the supervisee's life (AFT/UKCP required learning outcome)
014 An ability to work with differences in relation to supervisees and show a similar awareness and capability (AFT/UKCP required learning outcome)
015 An ability to understand and critique work from the standpoint of the client, the therapist and the supervisor ((AFT/UKCP required learning outcome)
016 Working with parallel systems, processes and transferential or similar processes as applicable to the modality approach/es to supervision (AFT/UKCP required learning outcome)
017 An understanding of why and how supervision requires knowledge, experience and skills in addition to those required by a qualified psychotherapeutic practitioner (AFT/UKCP required learning outcome)
018 An ability to understand the principles, values and ethical issues particular to the practices of psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling which need to be understood, communicated and adhered to (AFT/UKCP required learning outcome)
019 An understanding of the need for transparency and accountability as relevant and important in the training and in the practice of supervision (AFT/UKCP required learning outcome)

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 127

Seminar Hours: 23

Methods of Teaching / Learning

A mix of experiential and didactic methods to include lectures, audio-visual recordings, small group work, role play, simulations, guided reading. SurreyLearn will be used by students to access some of the material and to join a discussion group.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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