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Supervision MasterClasses

Putting the client First: Balancing compassion and authority in supervision

The Ethical Framework for counselling and psychotherapy which should guide all BACP members in their clinical work and which influences practice in other professions allied to counselling has been revamped in recent years.  The emphasis in the current version is on making sure that the client is the major focus of therapeutic work and the client comes first.  This may seem obvious considering some of the circumstances in which therapy is practised this is not as easy as it seems. Organisations often restrict the number of sessions that clients are entitled to and the type of therapy they can have. Trainees have to learn the skills of therapeutic practice and are not always very good at it. Therapists are vulnerable to the vicissitudes of life and may not always be at their best.  Referral to the most appropriate services is not always feasible.

It is the task of the supervisor to ensure that the client comes first.  That may sometimes involve using authority with the therapist as well as compassion if their circumstances are difficult. Difficult decisions may have to be made in the best interests of the client.

There are many scenarios that challenge the supervisor when working with a psychological therapist in distress, not least fitness to practice. No one wants to be punitive and insist that the therapist takes time out from practice but sometimes it is the only option. Another scenario is when a block is identified in the therapist when faced with their countertransference response to the client's material, typically when they resonate too closely and powerfully with the client.

This workshop will include a short presentation on the ethical framework and the challenges in supervision. Experiential exercises will enable supervisors to question their own practice, their authority and compassion. By the end of the workshop participants will either decide to give up being supervisors or approach the task with an enriched mind and skill set to face exceptional events in supervision.


This workshop is led by Professors Sue Wheeler and Delia Cushway 

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018 from 10.00-5.00​


Email: to apply.


Please provide your name, address and email address and an invoice will be sent you.  Your place will be secured when your payment is received.


Closing date for applications: 

31 August  2018



The fee for these workshops is £110 including a light lunch and refreshments.  Applications made before 31st July 2018 will be charged the early bird fee of £95.


Certificates of attendance will be provided for 6 hours CPD


Supervising Practitioners who use CBT in their work

This continuing professional development workshop is for practitioners offering supervision to counsellors, psychotherapists or psychologists who integrate Cognitive Behavioural approaches in their practice. It assumes that participants have already had some training in supervision practice.


CBT is a NICE recommended treatment for a range of mental health and emotional difficulties.Clinicians from different theoretical backgrounds recognise the usefulness of integrating cognitive behavioural techniques into their practice. This MasterClass endeavours to build up supervisors’ confidence and skills to work with their supervisees to use this model effectively.


What the Masterclass covers:

  • Introduction to supervision models used in counselling and CBT

  • Linking cognitive behavioural techniques to formulation

  • How to address common problems that can arise in supervision to achieve effective integration of cognitive behavioural techniques into your supervisees’ clinical work L


This workshop is led by Simona Stokes, Counselling Psychologist and Annette Doyle, CBT Therapist

Date: Saturday 20 October 2018 from 10.00-5.00

Cancellation policy:

In event of cancelation please notify us on the above email address. The registration fee will be refunded minus £15 administration charge if the cancellation is received at least 10 working days before the event. No refund will be given for cancellations received within 10 working days of the event, or in case of non-attendance.

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