SDS Seminars Online

Essential Supervision Skills with Paul Grantham



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Essential Supervision Skills (BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision) meets the training standards required for Chartered Psychologists to confer eligibility to the British Psychological Society’s Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS).

This practical two day course is ideal for those who supervise the clinical and casework of others and/or those wishing to train in it.

The course is designed to provide you with an up-to-date theoretical overview of clinical supervision along with its practical application within a range of practice environments. The Certificate will draw heavily on psychological theories of therapy, learning and management including the Kolb Learning Cycle and Parallel Process models.

The two days combine an overview of the supervision process with an exploration of the practical problems which arise within it. A particular focus will be on common supervision problems and dilemmas and how they can be successfully addressed.

With lots of opportunities for asking questions, sharing your supervision problems and networking with your colleagues this training is absolutely essential for those already delivering supervision or those wishing to train in it.

Learning outcomes and objectives:

  • Delegates will have an understanding of both the functions and commonly used models of clinical supervision from Proctor to Hawkins and Shohet, from didactic approaches to solution focused ones
  • Delegates will understand how to structure supervision to meet their own and their supervisees’ needs and build a productive relationship between supervisor and supervisee
  • Delegates will learn how to make supervision stimulating and to balance informal and formal elements in supervision
  • Delegates will practice the use of a number of supervision protocols and scripts and explore their adaption to their own supervision circumstances
  • Delegates will understand the different and interrelated nature of supervision, mentoring and consultancy
  • Practical issues from setting, frequency and duration, contracts and record keeping will be addressed
  • Delegates will explore common supervision problems and dilemmas and practice their resolution

Amongst others, the following issues will be explored and discussed:

  • What Exactly Should I Be Doing As A Supervisor?
  • A range of practical problems are explored and resolved:
  • Should or shouldn’t there be a line management relationship between supervisor and supervisee?
  • How do I give feedback in supervision?
  • How do I balance professional responsibilities with a developmental/supportive role?
  • What about supervision records?
  • What is the role of confidentiality in supervision?
  • What Should My Supervision Meetings Consist Of?
  • How to deal with common supervisory dilemmas such as:
  • The supervisee who does not want to develop their skills
  • What to do with third party information regarding supervisees’ work
  • How to deal with caseload management
  • The supervisee who resists all aspects of supervision.

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Course tutor

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Director of SDS Seminars
Paul Grantham, is a clinical psychologist with extensive NHS, Social Services and training experience. He has written on a range of therapy and helping issues. An extensively informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work. Paul is a founder and Director of SDS Seminars Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

Course structure

  • Full Course Video
  • Full course materials as a PDF (downloadable)
  • Personalised Certificate for 14 CPD Hours