Diploma in Counselling Supervision in Hull and East Yorkshire

Awarded Advanced Specialist Training recognition by the National Counselling Society

Brief Course Information:

Diploma in Counselling Supervision 

Course dates for 2019 – 2020:

9th September 2019, 28th October 2019, 9th December 2019, 3rd February 2020, 23rd March 2020, 11th May 2020

Trainers: Barbara Clarkson TSTA

Venue: The Ellesmere Centre

The Ellesmere Centre based in East Hull is a psychotherapy and training centre providing an integrative, humanistic approach of transactional analysis and other related modalities.

Starting in September 2019, The Ellesmere Diploma in Counselling Supervision course will be delivered over 6 days of highly interactive experiential training.  Completion of the 6 modules plus submission of a case study, 2 transcripts and an essay can lead to the award of The Ellesmere Diploma in Counselling Supervision.

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 supervises 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 thee 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 in your own philosophy of supervision

Applicants must have a Diploma in Counselling or equivalent minimum level of counselling / psychotherapy training, have completed at least 450 hours of practice as a counsellor or psychotherapist, and be in ongoing supervision for their clinical practice.  A basic knowledge of Transactional Analysis would be an advantage, for e.g attendance at a TA101 or similar.

In addition, applicants will have to identify the setting where they will acquire the 20 hours of supervised supervision required for the Diploma award and will have a “supervision of supervision” contract in place with a suitably experienced supervisor, before commencing the training.


Diploma Module 1 (1st 3 dates)

  • Supervision theories (part 1)
  • Ethics & professional practice
  • The identity of the supervisor
  • Professional support & self care for the supervisor
  • Supervision skills practice

Diploma Module 2 (2nd 3 dates)

  • Supervision theories (part 2)
  • Development of ethical awareness, heightening the meta-perspective
  • Practitioner supervision versus supervision of trainee counsellors – considering models of learning and development
  • The identity of the supervisor – making the transition from practitioner to supervisor
  • Supervision skills practice
  • Completion and group endings


  • Supervised supervision practice (total requirement of 20 hours for Diploma, supervised at a 1:6 ratio)
  • Reflective learning journal
  • 2 supervised transcript analysis assignments for completion with Supervisor of supervision


Formative Assessment:

This will be made by the course tutor during the training days, evaluating skills development and understanding of theory demonstrated during the training process.  The transcript assignments have a formative assessment component alongside their Summative scoring.

For both awards, the supervisor of supervision will be asked to complete an end of year report.  A sample extract (2-3 pages) from the student’s reflective learning journal should also be submitted for both awards.

Summative Assessment:

Assignments: * indicates that these assignments are only required as part of the Diploma award

  • Transcript Analysis – Complete 2 transcripts of 5 minute excerpts of live supervision from you practice, including appropriate “front sheet” information, a commentary, and a 500 word analysis of the work done in each, referring to supervision theory.
  • Essay (3000 words) – Outline and critically evaluate your philosophy of supervision, including underpinning theories and models, and the ethical framework within which you practice.
  • * Reflective practice assignment (2000 words) – Reflect and critique your experience of working with models of group supervision, comparing it with individual supervision in terms of process and effectiveness.
  • * Case study (3000 words) – Describe and critically value your chosen models of supervision using 2 case studies from your practice.


Barbara Clarkson TSTA:

Barbara is a guest trainer with The Ellesmere Centre

She has also created Peak Experience with Kathie Hostick TSTA, to offer courses and workshops that will enable practitioners to take their skills and knowledge to another level, and to facilitate the personal development that will support counsellors and psychotherapists, trainers and supervisors to integrate new aspects of their professional identity.

Barbara is an experienced TA psychotherapist and supervisor.  She is the Director of a Training and Consultant Practice in Leeds and Edinburgh.  She teaches the advanced training and exam preparation groups.

She has a passion and interest for creative ways of working and in integrating a sense of spirituality into the process of growth and learning.


An application form is available from the Admin office at The Ellesmere Centre

FEES: Diploma fee: £850 (3+modules) £325 deposit plus 3 x £175

A deposit as indicated above is required to secure your place.  The balance may be paid in full 2 weeks before the start of the course, or spread over 3 instalments, paid in September, December and march.  Please complete the appropriate section of the application form with your bank details to take up the instalment payment option.

Please note: fees for supervision of supervision are not included and are a matter for agreement directly with your supervisor.