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Certificate in Clinical Supervision: February 2021 – July 2021

The course is designed to provide counsellors, psychotherapists and other professionals working within the helping professions with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills, self-awareness and professional competence to become effective reflective supervisors. 

The programme is founded on person-centred principles offering a collaborative, relational approach to supervision and supervisory practice and designed to support the development of practitioners from different theoretical orientations and modalities.  

The course is based on the BACP Curriculum for Counselling Supervision and is designed to prepare participants to apply for accreditation as an individual and group supervisor with BACP.  The course is also informed by Competence Framework for the Supervision of Psychological Therapies (Roth & Pilling 2008).

Course Objectives: To provide participants with a learning environment which offers: 
a sound theoretical understanding of different models of supervision and the supervisory process
the opportunity to practice and develop their supervisory skills 
the opportunity to integrate theory and skills into their own individual supervisory style
the opportunity to reflect on their development with other experienced practitioners
the opportunity to develop their understanding of the ethical and professional responsibilities of providing supervision in different contexts through discussion and dialogue with other experienced practitioners 
the opportunity to gain experience of individual and group supervision within and out with the context of the programme.
Course Structure: 
The programme is designed to be delivered either in-person or online. Given the current situation with the pandemic, we anticipate that the programme will begin online, but as soon as it is possible to do so, we will expect participants to attend the training in person at the TCS Centre in Coatbridge. The programme is delivered over six months, consisting of five modules delivered over ten days. Four modules are delivered over a weekend and one module is delivered on two separate Saturdays. Students will also be expected to arrange and participate in five Peer Group Supervision meetings during the programme. 

Programme dates: 

Module One:    Saturday February 13th & Sunday February 14th 9.30 – 4.30 
                  The nature and purpose of Supervision, different models of Supervision, establishing               the Supervisory Relationship
                           February x 1 Peer Group Supervision Meeting date to be agreed with participants 
Module Two:    Saturday March 13th & Sunday March 14th 9.30 – 4.30
      Developing the Supervision Relationship: the phases, dynamics and processes of          individual and group supervision
                           March x 1 Peer Group Supervision Meeting date to be agreed with participants
                           April x 1 Peer Group Supervision Meeting date to be agreed with participants
Module Three:  Saturday May 8th 9.30 – 4.30
      Professional Accountability in different contexts and settings: 
      Saturday May 22nd 9.30 – 4.30
      Ethical Responsibilities in different contexts and settings: 
                           May x 1 Peer Group Supervision Meeting date to be agreed with participants 
Module Four:   Saturday June 12th & Sunday June 13thth 9.30 – 4.30
                        Working with difference and diversity: different cultures and modalities in individual               and group supervision  
                           June x 1 Peer Group Supervision Meeting date to be agreed with participants 
Module Five:    Saturday July 10th & Sunday July 11th 9.30 – 4.30
      Reflective Practice and Clinical Competence: Review of Case Studies and assessment    of competence  
Course Requirements:

Attendance of at least 80% of course contact hours, including Peer Group Supervision. (Missed attendance to be made up by an agreed activity with course tutors) 

Completion of 20 hours of clinical supervision offered by you and provided to members of your profession, which should include a minimum of 12 hours  individual supervision and a minimum of  four hours group supervision

Completion of a minimum of 12 hours of peer supervision practice

Completion of 6 hours of individual supervision for supervision, provided by a supervisor who is independent of the course 

The successful completion of all course assignments: 
·       Maintenance of a Reflective Journal Work
·       Clinical Placement Portfolio 
·       Audio Recording of an individual supervision session 
·       A written Case Study 
·       Statement and Presentation of Learning and Competence
Full course attendance and completion of the course assignments will lead to the achievement of a Persona Certificate in Clinical Supervision. 
Entry Requirements:

The course expects participants to be able to draw on their own experience of supervised clinical practice and therefore it is important that individuals feel sufficiently competent and grounded in their orientation as a practitioner in order to gain maximum learning and development from the programme.  With this in mind, applicants will have a minimum 3 years of practice. This can include the clinical practice gained during your training to become a practitioner in a helping profession with at least an additional 200 hours of supervised practice gained post qualification. Applicants will also be members of a Professional Association, with relevant indemnity insurance. 


Application Process: 

If you are interested in the programme, please complete the Application Form and forward it to the Persona office, along with the name of someone who knows you in a professional capacity (ideally your supervisor) and is willing to provide a reference.  There is no formal interview process, however, the course tutors may contact applicants if any questions arise from the application form.  

Closing date for applications is Friday January 29 2021

Course Fees: £ 1100.00.  (This includes a deposit of £100.00 to secure a place on the programme) 

Coordinating Group ~ Schedule of Meetings 2021

The schedule of dates for future Coordinating Group meetings in the first half of 2021 has been revised and updated. All meetings will be held online, and all PCT Scotland members are welcome to attend.

If you plan to attend, please contact the Secretary at secretary@pctscotland.co.uk  to receive the link required to join the meeting. 

The revised schedule for 2021 is as follows:

Thursday 21st January 2021, 7pm - 8.30pm 
Thursday 18th March 2021, 7pm - 8.30pm 
Thursday 20th May 2021 , 7pm - 8.30pm 
Thursday 15th July 2021, 7pm - 8.30pm 

Please watch future newsletters, the website and our social media for additional info closer to the meeting dates.

In the 2019 membership survey, members highlighted the importance of PCT Scotland providing a voice for the PCA in Scotland. It was suggested that we, as an association, could become more visible in supporting and representing counselling and counsellors, and in influencing policy changes in Scotland.

The second 'Engaging with the Wider World' special interest group meeting will take place on Tuesday 15th December, 7pm - 8.30pm (online via Zoom) to continue exploring our mutual interests, share the existing knowledge, skills, experience and contacts that we have amongst us, and to begin to think about our priorities.

If you are interested in joining this conversation, please contact Susan at secretary@pctscotland.co.uk. 

Some members have expressed confusion about the process of renewing your membership online, so to help with this process here is a step-by-step guide to renewals. 


The peer support group is still up and running. We meet online, roughly once a month and we still have spaces for new practitioners to join us. 

Next meeting is on Monday 7th December 2020 at 9.30am.
Please contact Francesca at francesca.loverso@gmail.com for more information.

PCE Europe's new website is now live and looking good!  Check it out here: https://www.pce-europe.org/

PCT Scotland is opening up the opportunity to connect with other members across Scotland as a member of an self-directed online peer support group. 

The idea is simple:
~ complete online form and let me know what topics you'd be interested in discussing in a group or whether you'd be interested in being part of a general group.  
~ I'll keep an eye on the interest coming in and once there are at least three people with similar interests I will contact you to check that you are still happy for me to put you in touch with other potential members.
~ Once you are in contact with each other it's over to the group to decide everything else ~ when you want to meet, how often, group boundaries, topics for discussion etc.

I will be genuinely interested to hear how the groups are doing from time to time, and whether this is helpful for the members, but I wouldn't intend to influence the running of them in any way.

Did you know that PCT Scotland has social media communities online to keep us connected even when geographical distance is an issue?  You can 'Like', 'Follow'and get involved here:

Facebook - public page - https://www.facebook.com/PCTScotland/
Facebook -members closed group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1759709644243418/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/PCTScotland