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, consultation and coaching 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, consultation and coaching are taught so that practitioners can better satisfy the needs of individuals, teams and organisations seeking their services.
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.
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.
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 aims to promote a high-quality, vocational education which is intellectually rigorous and responsive to the changing demands of public services, the non-statutory sector and private practice.
There is a focus on ethical practice and a good understanding of the importance of a capacity to work with social difference and disadvantage in order to provide professional practice that reaches out to the widest possible range of need.
Knowledge and understanding
- A systematic knowledge and in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to the chosen supervision and consultation pathway
- A systematic knowledge and in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to organisational consultation and coaching
- Originality in the critical application of theoretical, research and applied knowledge related to the training, learning, management, guidance, coaching and support needs of individual clients/supervisees/consultees, teams and organisations
- An understanding of the research process.
Intellectual / cognitive skills
- An ability to systematically deal with complex issues in applied settings as demonstrated by problem solving
- An ability to critically 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 staff and organisational supervision and consultation
Professional practical skills
- The competencies and skills needed to supervise pre- and post-qualification education, health and social care professionals following one of the four specific modality supervision and consultation pathways: CBT, Systemic, Psychodynamic, and Integrative, in culturally attuned and socially inclusive ways
- The competencies and skills needed to coach qualified health and social care professionals following one of the four specific modality organisational supervision and consultation pathways: CBT, Systemic, Psychodynamic, and Integrative, in culturally attuned and socially inclusive ways
- The competencies and skills needed to consult to teams and organisations in a flexible and responsive way through the integration of psychological approaches
- The competencies needed to provide supervision/coaching/consultation to individuals, groups, teams, and organisations
- A capacity to design and carry out a range of innovative and responsive practice approaches, and a cogent research dissertation related to supervision, coaching and consultation practice within applied context, including organisations and teams
- A capacity to negotiate and respond to feedback as part of routine professional practice
Application and evaluation
- An ability to systematically deal with complex issues in a variety of 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 supervision, consultation and coaching approaches and techniques relevant to individual staff, teams and organisations across applied settings
Synthesis and creativity
- An ability to conduct research and produce a high quality research dissertation. This includes the ability to select, define and focus upon an issue at an appropriate level; to develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies; to analyse the issue; to develop recommendations and logical conclusions; to be aware of the limitations of research work
- An ability to identify modifications needed to existing organisational practices and team structures and their frameworks of working and therefore to propose new areas for investigation and development, and new solutions or alternative applications of methodological approaches
- A sophisticated understanding of ethical concerns in applied practice and research in order to anticipate ethical dilemmas
- A sophisticated capacity to identify and understand professional challenges when dealing with ethical dilemmas and how to formulate solutions in dialogue with colleagues, clients and supervisors when they arise in applied professional practice, organisational settings and research
Key / transferable skills
- A range of transferable skills necessary for employment, including critical reasoning, problem solving, group working, organisational work, oral and written communication, taking initiative and personal responsibility in complex team and organisational contexts, an understanding of the research base to practice and a capacity to undertake relevant research and apply the results
- A learning ethos to allow for on-going CPD
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.
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