Using Supervision Effectively

Date: 21st April 2023


Supervision is essential in the counselling world to maintain good practice and the wellbeing of the counsellor.  This day presents a variety of models that will help participants get the most out of their supervision work.



“Supervision is a central form of support, where we can focus on our own difficulties as a worker as well as have our supervisor share some of the responsibility for our work with the clients. Second, supervision forms part of our continual learning and development as workers” (Hawkins, & Shohet, 2000, p.23)

With this in mind, we will spend the day looking at how supervision can be used to support our practice and self-care.  We will look at how we might identify material useful for exploration in supervision and how we might present it.  We will consider blocks we might have to presenting material and the impact of this on our practice.  There will be a chance to explore the way in which you present material to your supervisor and an opportunity to learn about Hawkins and Shohet’s Seven Eyed Process Model, which can then be used to enhance your supervision experience with a supervisor.

Mark has been supervising counsellors and student counsellors for many years and will share his experiences of providing supervision to provide an insight into supervision work from the supervisor’s perspective.

Course details

Our CPD workshops are facilitated by experienced practicing specialists in their fields. We have a range of courses that are aimed at qualified counsellors who wish to develop their practice, as well as students of counselling. Each day is certified with 6 hours of CPD.

Timing of day: 10am-4.30pm

Delivery method: Online Workshop. Participants will learn by a lecture format, group discussions, pair work, exploring case studies and by practicing techniques learned, in the training group.

Open to: Qualified therapists, Heartwood diploma students and students from other counselling training colleges.

Cost per day: £85 (Current Heartwood students or Heartwood Alumni receive special rate of £45 per day).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss ways of identifying material to take to supervision
  • Explain ways in which the time with a supervisor can be best utilised
  • Identify and use the seven modes of the Seven Eyed Process Model in supervision
  • Identify blocks to using supervision effectively and the impact on practice
  • Identify ways in which the supervision experience may be enriched



Mark Hartshorn has designed and taught counselling and supervision courses since 2008.  He has taught in private and adult education settings and set up an independent specialist counselling training organisation which he ran for 7 years until 2021.  He has around 30 years of experience of working in the field of holistic therapy, counselling and wellbeing.  He is author of The Connections Model, a holistic model of wellbeing and connection.  He is passionate about empowering others and brings this passion into his teaching which he delivers with humour and realness.


Cost per day: £85 (Current Heartwood students or Heartwood Alumni receive special rate of £45 per day).

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