Clinical Supervision Courses

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What is Clinical Supervision?

Clinical Supervision is the education and training by approved supervisors that manages and supports, develops and evaluates the work of colleagues.

Clinical Supervision involves clinicians meeting regularly to reflect on practice with the intention of learning, developing practice and providing high quality, safe care to patients.

Clinical supervision’s ultimate goals are to ensure that the supervisee is using skills appropriately and properly handling a client caseload, all while being mentored by a seasoned professional.

What 3rd level courses are available?

Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in Clinical Supervision in the following subject areas:

  • Clinical Supervision – This Advanced Diploma in Clinical Supervision course is for those intending to work as a supervisor, or for experienced supervisors who wish to gain a formal qualification in the practice of supervision.
  • Introduction to Contemporary Clinical Supervision – An introduction to clinical supervision of the counselling and psychotherapy profession internationally.
  • Professional Diploma in Clinical Supervision – The Professional Diploma in Clinical Supervision is suitable for experienced and accredited counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, mental health, health and social care professionals who are seeking professional and career development.
  • Advanced Diploma Clinical Supervision – This programme is designed to train experienced practitioners within the health and social care domain to provide supportive, educational and managerial supervisory skills which they can bring to private practice or their workplace setting.

Studying Clinical Supervision

There are many courses in Clinical Supervision that may take place over a few days, weeks or even 1 year to 4 years depending on the course and modules selected. There are also part-time courses and night courses available so you can be sure to fit in your studies no matter what your schedule is like.

Courses will cover theory work through lectures, assignments, tutorials and taught modules. Assessments will take place on a continuous basis with written examinations and practical assignments combined in order to achieve a qualification.

You could also consider work experience or a work shadow in the industry. Relevant work experience is a good way of demonstrating a genuine interest in the field and is regarded favorably by employers.

Work Experience will not only give you the opportunity to obtain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the industry, it will also give you a chance to do some essential networking with other industry professionals and gain valuable contacts for the future.

Career options

After completing a Clinical Supervision course you will be able to get started in a career that uses specific knowledge of training others in the assessment and treatments of a range of mental or physical health issues, conditions or disorders.

As a clinical supervisor, you will be required to provide clinical supervision to less experienced psychologists and members of the wider multidisciplinary team. You will instruct and lead by example through the day to day activities of planning, monitoring and adapting appropriate treatment programmes, including therapy, counselling or advice. You will provide consultation to other members of the multidisciplinary team, encouraging a psychological approach in their work, counsel and support carers, develop and evaluate service provision for clients and provide psychology teaching and training to other members of the team.

A qualification in Clinical Supervision will equip you with a range of skills and opens up opportunities with a range of employers in health and social care settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Psychiatric units
  • Local clinics and health centers
  • Community mental health teams
  • Children and young people’s mental health services
  • Social services
  • Schools and universities
  • Prisons
  • Improving access to psychological therapies services.

Working hours will depend on whether you are self-employed, employed by a company with set business hours or if you are contracted to various businesses or companies. Working hours are typically Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, although you may do some extra hours in the evenings or at weekends. Occasionally, you may work as part of an on-call system covering emergency situations.

Related jobs include:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Counselling psychologist
  • Education mental health practitioner
  • Educational psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Further education teacher
  • Health psychologist
  • High-intensity therapist
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Psychological wellbeing practitioner
  • Sport and exercise psychologist
  • Advice worker
  • Border Force officer
  • Careers adviser
  • Chaplain
  • Counsellor
  • Dance movement psychotherapist
  • Education consultant
  • Human resources officer
  • Life coach
  • Market researcher
  • Mediator
  • Neuroscientist
  • Play therapist
  • Policy officer
  • Psychotherapist
  • Social researcher

Further study

After completing a course in Clinical Supervision you may choose to pursue further study in a specialist field to increase your knowledge base and skill set. Postgraduate study can also be used as a means to change career focus or to gain professional qualifications required to practice in certain career areas such as addiction, clinical neuropsychology, clinical health psychology, forensic clinical psychology, oncology and palliative care, psychosis and complex mental health.


What is the importance of Clinical Supervision?

Clinical supervision enhances growth and increases skills in a given profession while building a trusting relationship between a supervisor and their staff.

Clinical supervision enables practitioners to develop their skills and knowledge by actively reflecting on their everyday practice and underpins the very essence of good care.

What are some benefits of Clinical Supervision?

Beyond fulfilling the required hours to get your qualification, clinical supervision has a number of benefits that include:

  • On-the-job training and feedback
  • Works as an introduction to the tools and resources used in the profession
  • The clinical supervisor can be a key professional connection
  • Emotional support
  • Better outcomes for your clients – An excellent clinical supervisor will provide you with a sense of trust and safety so you can feel free to explore where you’ve fallen short of expectations, learn from mistakes, and go into sessions confident that you can provide your clients with the care they need.

Where can I study Clinical Supervision?

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Mariza Halliday

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