Diploma course in supervision

Participants in this course must have successfully completed a training in counselling, counselling psychology, psychotherapy, or a related profession, or have an equivalent level of training and experience; have a minimum of a year’s experience post-qualification; be a member of a professional body, and have professional indemnity insurance.

Overview of course content

The course will consist of five two-day Units each on based on a different topic (120 contact hours). As the course progresses each topic will be integrated with the ones before.
Each Unit will provide group process, theoretical teaching, group discussion, presentations, supervised supervision practice with peer assessment and feedback. Note students will also need to engage in self-study and in skills practice and attend a three-day Professional Excellence Workshop (PEW) in February or September.
For a detailed listing of the five Units and the topics covered in each one, plus a summary of the assignments necessary for the award of the Diploma, please see below.

The Lead Tutor

Adrienne Lee is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst, a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, and a Master Practitioner in NLP. She has been practising as a psychotherapist for over 30 years, and has been centrally involved in the development of TA in Britain from its earliest beginnings. Originally trained by the late Professor John Allaway, Adrienne is a founder member and past Chair of the Institute of Transactional Analysis (now the UK Association for Transactional Analysis). She has served in many committee posts in the ITA and the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP), and is a past President of the European Association for TA (EATA). In 2010, Adrienne was awarded the EATA Gold Medal, given for “outstanding services to TA in Europe”.

Professional Accreditation

For qualified TA professionals, the workshop meets the criteria set by UKCP for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). If you work in a different modality from TA, it is likely that the course will still afford CPD credit – please check the criteria of your own professional organisation. A certificate of attendance will be provided on request.


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Middlesex University LogoOptional validation by Middlesex University

Students who pass the assessment for the Berne Institute Diploma can, if they wish, be awarded 100 credits towards the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Supervision (120 credits) validated by Middlesex University. To gain the required additional 20 credits, the student must complete one additional written assignment and a presentation on a supervision case study, plus two more supervised supervisions.

To obtain a Masters’ Degree in Professional Supervision validated by Middlesex, a further 60 credits (thus, 180 credits in total) must be earned by Dissertation. This is a written study of 13,500-15,000 words on one of the following subjects:

  • Outcome of Research Study on Professional Supervision
  • A Supervision Case Study
  • A Literature Review on an aspect of Supervision.

To be eligible for either of these two validated awards, the student must register with Middlesex University before beginning the course. Registration with the University normally takes place in late September of each year. The validated course is quality assured by Middlesex and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion. For students wishing to take the University-validated course, a registration fee with Middlesex is payable in addition to the fee for the Diploma training course quoted above. If you are interested in the validated award, please let the Course Registrar know at the time you apply. She will also let you know the current Middlesex registration fee.

General information

Venue and timings: The course will be held at The Berne Institute. Each day of a teaching Unit will run from 10.00am till 5.00pm. (For timings of the Professional Excellence Workshops, please visit our PEW page Find out more…). There are normal breaks for lunch and refreshments. We provide light refreshments for breaks. Kegworth offers a wide range of restaurants, hotels and pubs for buying lunch.

Location: all our workshops are held at Berne House, 29 Derby Road, Kegworth DE74 2EN. Kegworth is some ten miles south of Nottingham. Our training centre, Berne House, is on the main A6 through the village, one mile from Junction 24 on the M1. If you would like more detailed directions, see our “Finding us” page Find us….

Bookings: to book a place on this or any other Berne Institute workshop, or for any information not covered on our web site, please write or call: The Course Registrar, The Berne Institute, 29 Derby Road, Kegworth DE74 2EN (tel/fax 01509-673649). Or you can use our contact form Contact us….

If you have sent a booking deposit, the balance of the fee is payable on arrival – please make cheques for the fee balance payable as shown above.

Detailed listing of Units and assignments

Unit One: The Supervisory Relationship

  • Introduction to the course
  • Creating a learning environment
  • Purposes and philosophies of supervision
  • Tasks and roles in supervision
  • Working with difference and diversity in supervision
  • The supervisory relationship

Unit Two: Contracting and Increasing Developmental Direction

  • Outcome contracting in supervision
  • Process contracting in supervision
  • Appropriate contracts and contextual factors
  • Shame, support and challenge
  • Managing supervision boundaries
  • Assessing developmental stages of supervisees
  • Facilitating developmental direction – developmental models

Unit Three: Ethics, Harm and Legal Issues in Supervision

  • Values and ethics – the monitoring role of supervision
  • Enabling supervisees to think ethically
  • Legal considerations
  • Supervision in the wider environment
  • Organisational, social and political considerations
  • Addressing safety issues in supervision
  • Supervision via phone, e-mail, MSN or Skype

Unit Four: Supervision Process

  • Identifying key issues
  • Process models of supervision
  • The use of transference, countertransference and parallel process
  • Incorporating key issues into supervisory process
  • The supervisor’s use of self

Unit Five: Supervision Philosophy and Integration

  • Consolidating and integrating philosophy of supervision
  • Creativity in supervision
  • The meta perspective
  • Imagery and language
  • Dual relationships
  • Endings in supervision
  • Integration

Assignments for the Diploma:

  • One 2,500-word essay on “The Supervisory Relationship”
  • Reflective Journal
  • Presentation on a model of supervision
  • Two observed supervisions at training weekends
  • Two supervisions observed and passed at the PEW
  • One 2,000 word essay on “Personal Philosophy of Supervision”
  • Full participation in process