Diploma in Counselling Supervision

Are you an experienced counsellor looking for “another string to your bow”?

counsellingimgOr are you already a supervisor but feel uncertain about the theory that underpins your work?

Or are you a psychotherapist interested in developing a supervision practice?

This course could be just what you’re looking for!

The Physis Scotland Diploma in Counselling Supervision course will be delivered over 9 days of highly interactive and experiential training.

This dynamic training will enable you to:

  • Develop an in depth knowledge of several models of supervision, both developmental and task focussed
  • Establish a clear ethical framework for your work as a supervisor, and enable your supervisees to develop their own ethical thinking and practice
  • Understand the differences between therapeutic work and supervision, and be able to work at the boundary of these aspects whilst maintaining the role of supervisor
  • Learn supervision skills for working with both novice and experienced counsellors, and apply appropriate interventions to working with both groups
  • Understand and critique applications of supervision for both individual and group supervision
  • Develop your identity as a supervisor based on your own philosophy of supervision.

Applicants must have a COSCA Diploma in Counselling or equivalent minimum level of counselling/psychotherapy training, have completed at least 450 hours of practice as a counsellor or psychotherapist, and be in ongoing supervision for their clinical practice. A basic knowledge of Transactional Analysis would be an advantage, for example attendance at a TA101 or similar.

In addition, all applicants are required to complete 24 hours of supervised supervision practice in order to complete the course. This should be supervised by a Physis approved supervisor of supervision in a ratio of 1 hour supervision of supervision to every 6 hours of supervision practice. It is the students responsibility to find suitable supervisees. Physis Scotland will provide support with this if required.

Course Content

Module 1
• Contracting in supervision
• What is supervision? Introduction to theory and models of supervision
• Supervision frame – being supervisee, being a supervisor
• Supervision skills practice
• Reflective group space

Module 2
• Ethics, ethical dilemmas, development of ethical thinking in professional practice
• Theory of supervision
• Supervision skills practice
• Transactional Analysis models
• Depth, creativity and metaperspective
• Demonstration of supervision and discussion

Module 3
• Challenge in supervision
• Supervision skills practice
• Creative work in supervision
• Development of own philosophy of supervision 1
• Supervision as a learning and development journey
• Emotion and supervision

Module 4
• Theories of group supervision
• Compare/contrast with individual supervision
• Contracting
• Group skills practice – all, across the 3 days
• Development of own philosophy of supervision 2
• TA theories and principles of group supervision
• Role
• Challenges/considerations/gains in group supervision


Formative assessment:

This will be made by the course tutors during the training days, evaluating skills development and understanding of theory demonstrated during the training process. The transcript assignments have a formative assessment component alongside their Summative scoring.

The supervisor of supervision will be asked to provide an endorsement to practice supervision by the end of the training.

Summative assessment:

All written assignments will be graded according to the post graduate assessment scales found in the supervision training handbook.


Essay (3000 words) – Outline and critically evaluate your philosophy of supervision, including underpinning theories and models, and the ethical framework within which you practice.

Case study (3000 words) – Describe and critically evaluate your chosen models of supervision using 2 case studies from your practice.

Transcript analysis – Complete 2 transcripts of 5 minute excerpts of live supervision from your practice, including appropriate “front sheet” information, a commentary, and a 500 word analysis of the work done in each, referring to supervision theory.

Reflective practice assignment (2000 words) – Reflect and critique your experience of working with models of supervision, including comparing group with individual supervision in terms of process and effectiveness.  You can also include extracts from your reflective journal.

* All assignments must be submitted in order to complete the Diploma.

2019/2020 Course Dates

  • 23th/24th November 2019
  • 29th February/1st March 2020
  • 18th/19th April 2020
  • 5th/6th/7th June 2020

Fee: £900 (4 taught modules). £300 deposit plus 2 x £300

Course tutors

Bev Gibbons, PTSTA and Ronen Stilman, PTSTA


The Physis Scotland Diploma in Counselling Supervision has Advanced Specialist training recognition with the National Counselling Society (NCS). National Counselling Society (NCS)




A Physis Scotland Diploma in Counselling Supervision will be awarded on successful completion of the course.

How to apply for this course

The next Diploma in Counselling Supervision course will start in November 2019. For an application form and/or further details please contact Fiona Firman, Training and Development Lead – enquiries.physis@gmail.com or call 07927 557217

About the Course Tutors

Bev Gibbons

Bev is a PTSTA (P) and has a BA Hons in integrative counselling. Bev works as a trainer, supervisor and therapist in private practice, and is currently Chair of UKATA Council and former chair of the UKATA Safeguarding Committee.

Bev is passionate about getting TA ‘out there’ so that as many people as possible are aware of it and can have the opportunity to experience themselves positively through its great potential to transform. She is committed to working and developing work across all 4 TA fields, and to continuing to explore and experience the potential in relational, co-created processes.

Ronen Stilman

Ronen Stilman MSc (TA Psychotherapy), CTA(P), COSCA and UKCP Reg. Psychotherapist and Supervisor, PTSTA(P)

Ronen is an experienced and qualified UKCP registered psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, and has a private practice based in Edinburgh city centre.

He has previously taught in a variety of continuous professional development courses such as Working with Couples, Narrative Change Identity Structure and Post Natal Depression.