Supervision and Consultation: Psychotherapeutic and Organisational Approaches PGCert

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Why Surrey?

The PG Cert Supervision and Consultation: Psychotherapeutic and Organisational Approaches programme provides experienced health and social care professionals, educators, and human resource personnel an opportunity to enhance their expertise as supervisors, consultants and trainers.

It satisfies the requirements for registration as a supervisor for some health related professions.

Programme overview

The programme has been designed to be flexible and responsive to the specific needs of those training, ensuring it is relevant to their particular work circumstances.

The varied professional backgrounds of students facilitates lively discussion and in-depth consideration of the application of psychotherapeutic concepts to their supervision and consultation practice.

Teaching is provided both by academic staff and experienced practitioners, who use a variety of training methods, including experiential exercises, audio-visual recordings, formal lectures and seminars.

Different psychotherapeutic and psychological approaches to supervision and consultation are taught so that practitioners can better satisfy the needs of individuals and teams seeking their services.

Programme structure

The MSc in Supervision and Consultation is studied over two academic years and is part-time. All MSc students are initially registered for one academic year, and successful completion of all modules in the first year leads to progression into year two.

This is a specialised training course which leads to advanced knowledge and practice in the supervision and coaching of staff, and consultation to teams and organisations.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Facilities

The School of Psychology is a hub of energy, information and support. You will have access to the following facilities:

  • Two computing rooms, one dedicated to MSc students
  • Test library (300+ psychometric tests available, as well as five years of dissertations and theses from all programmes)
  • Video and audio editing (image and audio manipulation; interview and telephone recording; transcription equipment)
  • Seminar and classrooms (three fully equipped rooms for presentations and an observation suite (video and audio recording)

Supervision and consultation practice

It is essential that, during the training, you are in a position to provide ongoing supervision and consultation within your workplace. You will also need to be able to present that practice within different teaching contexts on the programme and receive advice and feedback on your practice from other trainees and staff.

Your practice during the Supervision and Consultation Practice module will be overseen via feedback forms, small group consultation, audio/video review and live observation.

Applicant profiles

There are three pathways to entry on the programme:

  • A professionally qualified psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council
  • A qualified psychotherapist or counsellor (psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, systemic, integrative) eligible to be registered with the UKCP, BPC, BABCP or BACP
  • Qualification in a relevant profession with knowledge of psychology at an undergraduate/postgraduate level (teaching, medicine, nursing, human resources, social work, occupational therapy)

All candidates should have experience of providing supervision and consultation or, as part of their employment, are required to supervise and consult to others.

Educational aims of the programme

  • Develop advanced competencies to practice supervision, consultation, coaching and mentoring within applied health, social care and educational settings
  • Conceptualise supervision/consultation/coaching/mentoring theory and practice clearly
  • Develop a range of specific and transferable supervisory, consultation, coaching and mentoring skills and competencies
  • Develop ethical awareness and relational/self-reflexivity
  • Supervise/consult/coach/mentor across a range of contexts and with a range of clients/supervisees/consultees
  • Practise supervision, consultation, coaching and mentoring in a culturally attuned way

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and 

demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

Students awarded the PG Cert will demonstrate:

  • A systematic knowledge and in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to the chosen supervision and consultation pathway
  • Originality in the critical application of theoretical, research and applied knowledge related to the training, learning, management, guidance and support needs of individual supervisees/consultees and teams

Intellectual / cognitive skills

Students awarded the PG Cert will demonstrate:

  • An ability to systematically deal with complex issues in applied settings as demonstrated by problem solving
  • An ability to evaluate outcomes and respond to feedback as part of a process of continuous self-evaluation and professional development
  • An ability to independently critically evaluate approaches and techniques relevant to supervision and consultation

Professional practical skills

Students awarded the PG Cert will demonstrate:

  • The competencies and skills needed to supervise pre- and post-qualification education, health and msocial care professionals following one of the four specific modality supervision pathways: CBT, Systemic, Psychodynamic, and Integrative, in culturally attuned and socially inclusive ways
  • The competencies and skills needed to consult to individuals and teams in a flexible and responsive  way through the integration of psychological approaches
  • The competencies needed to provide supervision and consultation to individuals, groups and teams
  • A capacity to design and carry out a range of innovative and responsive practice approaches related to supervision and consultation practice with individuals and teams
  • A capacity to negotiate and respond to feedback as part of routine professional practice

Application and evaluation

Students awarded the PG Cert will demonstrate:

  • An ability to systematically deal with complex issues in specific applied settings as demonstrated by problem solving
  • An ability to evaluate outcomes and respond to feedback as part of a process of continuous self-evaluation and professional development
  • An ability to independently critically evaluate approaches and techniques relevant to individual and team supervision and consultation

Synthesis and creativity

Students awarded the PG Cert will demonstrate:

  • An ability to identify learning and supervision needs of individuals and teams related to existing structures and theoretical frameworks and propose new solutions or new areas of development

Ethical understanding

Students awarded the PG Cert will demonstrate:

  • A sophisticated understanding of ethical concerns in order to anticipate ethical dilemmas in applied practice
  • An awareness of ethical dilemmas and how to formulate solutions in dialogue with colleagues, clients and supervisors when they arise in applied professional practice

Key / transeferable skills

Students awarded the PG Cert will demonstrate:

  • A range of transferable skills necessary for employment, including critical reasoning, problem solving, group working, oral and written communication, taking initiative and taking personal responsibility in complex team contexts
  • A learning ethos to allow for on-going CPD

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Part-time Sep 2017 £3,000 £4,800

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/2018 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Programme facts

Type of programme:

PGCert

Programme length:

  • Part-time: 9 months

Start date:

Sep 2017

Entry Requirements

A relevant professional qualification including: family therapy, nursing, psychotherapy, psychology, social work, human resources, or counselling. Applicants will also be required to participate in an interview as part of the selection process.

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English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, 6.5 in each component (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Funding

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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