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Supervision for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development

This award is for mental health professionals who supervise low intensity practitioners. Explore the principles of clinical supervision and case management, preparing you to supervise other practitioners.


6 full days over 14 week period


Course overview

This course is informed by recommendations from the improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) programme. It is for practitioners who supervise the delivery of 'low intensity (CBT) interventions' in primary mental health care settings. Prepare for your role as a supervisor under the IAPT-guided principles of clinical supervision and clinical case management. By developing your knowledge and skills in these areas, you can make a link between theory and practice.

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Where you study

This award is delivered online or at the Centre for Professional and Executive Development, Darlington campus, depending on the cohort.

Professional accreditation

The training programme is regularly reviewed and approved through both University procedures and those linked to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


Course details

What you study

Explore your own experiences of supervision using a variety of self-assessment strategies. Dive into clinical case management and supervision; principles and theories of learning; models of supervision and the supervisory relationship and alliance.

You cover content underpinned by clinical governance, considering ethical issues and dilemmas that may arise as a practicing supervisor. As you explore the process of supervision, you are guided towards effective structuring and delivery.

Group supervision is an important part of supervising psychological wellbeing practitioners, so you examine its uses and requirements in practice. You also study strategies that enable you to assess trainee competence.

How you learn

This course is held over a 14-week period. You learn through lectures, role play, video demonstrations, scenario-based seminars and self-directed learning to develop your problem-solving skills. You are also encouraged to share experiences and learning with other students.

How you are assessed

There are two assessments:

> a 2,500-word critical commentary on the process of clinical case management supervision

> a portfolio of essential evidence demonstrating achievement of competencies.

The written commentary is assessed by your own supervisor.

Outside of University, you should spend a minimum of 15 hours facilitating supervision (clinical and case management), which forms part of your portfolio of evidence.

Both assessments are submitted in week 14 of the course.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should be a practitioner currently supervising practitioners who deliver low intensity (CBT) interventions in mental health settings or have been identified by your employer as suitable to do so.

If you are a qualified psychological wellbeing practitioner (PWP) or children’s wellbeing practitioner (CWP) applying to be a supervisor, you need at least one-year post-qualification experience. This qualification can be the Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Assessment and Intervention Skills for Psychological Wellbeing Practice or a suitable equivalent.

You must be actively supervising low intensity practitioners from the beginning of the course. If you only have supervisory responsibilities for trainee practitioners without an active caseload, this may not be suitable. Also, you must have the opportunity to deliver both clinical and case management supervision to demonstrate the necessary competencies.



Career opportunities

On completion of the award, you will be eligible to supervise PWPs.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

Limited funded places available

  • Length: 6 full days over 14 week period
  • Start date: September and March
  • Level: Master's
  • Credits: 30

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