Advanced Specialist Diploma in Clinical Supervision

Our 14 session comprehensive course gives you the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to start your own supervisory practice.


Next course starts: 

  • 28th September 2024, one weekend per month


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ASD Clinical Supervision – London – 28th September 2024 – One weekend a month


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Clinical Supervision is recognised as an important skill in its own right. It is a professional expectation that supervisors will have completed training in this important professional role. Our 14 session comprehensive course gives you the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to start your own supervisory practice. This course has been awarded an Advanced Specialist Training status by the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society.

This Advanced Specialist Diploma (Level 6 equivalent) is aimed at qualified counsellors interested in developing and expanding their current practice to become trained supervisors.

The course will look at integrating supervision models, techniques, theories  that suit the individual counsellor and client whilst working on developing relationship skills which will aid therapeutic work.

On this course we will be using the Hawkins and Shohet’s Seven Eyed Process Model, Kolb’s Learning Styles, Stoltenberg (McNeill) & Delworth’s Integrated Developmental Model and John Heron’s Six Category Intervention Analysis.

We will focus on providing a safe and non-judgemental environment in which to practice new skills and techniques to enhance current practice and develop confidence in working as clinical supervisors.

Course Details

The course runs monthly on weekends (10am – 4.30pm) over 14 sessions in person at our Regent’s Park venue.

This course has Advanced Specialist Training status with the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society (NCPS).

This Diploma is aimed at professionals who have been working in the counselling field for a number of years and who wish to add supervision to their professional practice.

What the course offers

You will spend time exploring the roles and purpose of supervision, and whilst in training you will need to supervise your own supervisees.

The training explores the supervisory relationship, and you will learn how to practice supervision creatively and with an awareness of the power balance inherent in the profession.

Your training will prepare you to work as a supervisor in a range of settings, including private practice, and equip you with the techniques and skills required to be a successful, professional supervisor.

The training focuses on clinical supervision rather than managerial supervision and this course is therefore best suited to Counselling Supervisors.

Learning with Heartwood

We create a supportive learning environment here at Heartwood and will guide learners through their studies.

After enrolling you will also be invited to the Heartwood Online Platform (HOP)

Our unique interactive, college platform provides a comprehensive, enjoyable and convenient learning experience which will complement your classroom experience.

Support is just the other end of the phone if you need it – whether you need a bit of assistance finding your way around the online learning platform or would like to speak to us about your studies.

The Heartwood Online Platform (HOP) includes access to:

  • your course resources, handbook and policies
  • submission and feedback on of your assessments and journals


You will also access the Heartwood community via the online Heartwood Office and Virtual Notice Board and can attend our regular ‘Topic in Focus’ sessions held via Zoom.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this course will need to have:

  • Completed a Level 4 Diploma in Counselling (or equivalent) plus two year post-qualifying experience


  • Completed a Level 5 Diploma (or equivalent) or foundation degree in Counselling or Psychotherapy plus one year post-qualifying experience


  • At least 450 supervised hours of counselling clients
  • Have a good command of spoken and written English
  • Be accredited or be eligible for accreditation with an appropriate professional body (eg NCPS, BACP)
  • A letter from a current supervisor supporting the application
  • Completed our application form (please contact us on to request a copy)


Upon review of your completed application and supporting information, an interview with the lead tutor may be required before acceptance onto the course is granted.


Further advancing our counselling skills, personal and professional development, we will specialise in:

  • Effectiveness and critical reflection of the role of clinical supervision
  • Impact of self-awareness on supervisory relationship
  • Importance of ongoing self-development and reflection
  • Accountability for well-being and development of supervisee and supervisee’s clients
  • Boundaries and stages of supervision relationship
  • Challenge personal issues, fears and prejudices
  • Psychological impact of client material on personal well-being


This course specialises in the following:

  • Ethical framework & code of conduct
  • Theoretical models & concepts
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Supervision practice triads
  • Therapy contracts
  • Supervisee’s perspective, methods to accommodate needs and developmental level
  • Continuing professional development (CPD) pathways
  • Working within limits of own proficiency, competence and efficacy
  • Difference, Diversity & Inclusion


The course requires the following:

  • A minimum of 85% attendance on tuition days
  • Engagement with course work, assignments, classroom activities and experiential exercises.
  • Completion of a learning journal
  • Demonstration of practical skills
  • Completion of the external case review
  • Evidence of supervision practice
  • Audio recording of yourself in supervision practice (created in class)
  • Supervision and completion of supervisors proficiency statement
  • Practice proficiency assessment


**Please note: This syllabus is currently under review and may be subject to change ahead of the course start date. **


Payment options:

Full course fee £2495*.

Your place on the course is only secured on receipt of the non-refundable deposit of £595:

  • The outstanding balance of £1900 can then be made in full before the course start date.
  • monthly payment plan is available at £293* for 7 months *(This includes an administration fee of £21.57 per month (total £151.00) for instalment payments).


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