TRAINING

Advanced Course in Counselling Supervision


This Advanced Course in Counselling Supervision is aimed at experienced counsellors and supervisors, who want to be able to supervise at a Psychotherapeutic level.

This customised award has been credit rated by SQA at Level 11 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) with 60 credit points and validated by  Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA).

Diploma in Relational Counselling - this course has been credit rated using the scottish credit and qualifications frameworkCOSCA logo

Clinical Supervision – Course philosophy


This course takes a new approach to counselling supervision. The course is about ‘making meaning’.  it is underpinned by Attachment theory and integrates Psychoanalytic, Cognitive Behavioural and Humanistic orientations.

Diploma in Relational Counselling - this diploma has been SCQF rated by the SQA

The course uses multi-model frameworks for supervision including Proctor & Inskipp, Hawkins & Shohet along with Egan’s Skilled Helper model.

The course incorporates a strong focus on group dynamics and group supervision.

The two-year course comprises:

  • 12 days of face-to-face training in year 1
  • 10 half days of group supervision in year 2
  • 2 days of case presentations as part of a final assessment.

Clinical Supervision course modules


  • Knowledge and understanding of Supervision
  • The Practice of Supervision
  • Reflective Practice

Student supervision practice during the course requires 30 hours of supervision practice. 10 hours supervision of supervision will be provided.

Course assessment


The following are required to complete the course assessment:

  • A 5000-word essay in year 1
  • 4 Learning Journals across years 1 and 2
  • End of course presentation plus 5,000-word evaluation in year 2.

Supervision placements


Students may secure their own practice placement.

Those who complete the Advanced Course in Counselling Supervision are qualified to supervise clinically and in other professional contexts.

Course entry requirements


An accredited counselling qualification at Diploma level and 500 hours of counselling practice.

Advanced Course in Counselling Supervision – outcomes


Those who complete the training will be able to supervise clinically and in other professional contexts.

Practice hours


A supervision placement may be available with The Spark, or students can find their own placement.

30 hours of supervisory practice are required. 10 hours supervision of supervision will be provided by The Spark.

Course dates


The next Advanced Diploma in Supervision course will be completed over 9 months between autumn 2021 and summer 2022.

The course will take place at The Spark’s Headquarters at 100 Wellington Street, Glasgow.

Course day Date*
Day 1 21 September 2021
Day 2 19 October 2021
Day 3 16 November 2021
Day 4 14 December 2021
Day 5 11 January 2022
Day 6 8 February 2022
Day 7 8 March 2022
Day 8 5 April 2022
Day 9 3 May 2022
Day 10 31 May 2022
Day 11 28 June 2022
Day 12 26 July 2022

*Please note that course dates may be subject to change.

Fees and application process


The course fee is £2,750 (including Supervision). All fees are VAT exempt.

To request an application form please email our Training team or telephone 0141 222 2166.

To view our other courses for professionals and trainees, please visit the Training section of the website.