Certificate* in Supervision - September to November 2017


Lead Tutor - Mike Worrall

Facilitator - Ruth Lyne

Guest Tutor (part-time) - Catherine Date

This Certificate in Supervision which has been approved by the National Counselling Society to their Advanced Specialist Course status, is suitable for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists and other healthcare professionals who have at least 2 years post-qualifying experience, and who are interested in supervising the practice of others.  We offer the course over five 2-day modules on Fridays and Saturdays.

About the Course

Our own work as counsellors and supervisors is informed by the philosophy and principles of person- centred practice. We have, therefore, based this Certificate in Supervision on person-centred approaches to learning. We aim to cultivate a co-operative learning environment, within which you can experiment, reflect upon and learn from your own practice, and enhance your skills as a supervisor. We will work with you to identify your own learning needs, and to develop your own approach to supervision, whatever your original training or current practice.

The course as a whole looks at the relevance of person-centred theory to the practice of supervision, and supports the development of collaborative, creative supervisory relationships. You will have the opportunity to explore and clarify your attitudes, beliefs and feelings as supervisors, and to develop your own skills and competences.

We expect to develop the precise content of the course in collaboration with you. These are some of the issues which we are likely to explore:

What is supervision? - How does it differ from therapy? - Contracts - Responsibilities and boundaries in supervision - Different models of supervision - Interpersonal process recall - Personal processes in supervision - Power, context and diversity - Legal and ethical dilemmas in supervision - Supervision within organisations - Giving, inviting and receiving feedback

We will respond to and take account of your individual learning needs, and support your development as reflective practitioners. In each module we will offer opportunities for practice, for theoretical input and for discussion in large and small groups.

This course is suitable for you if you are interested in supervision and have a minimum of 2 years' experience post-qualification in counselling, counselling psychology or psychotherapy, or if you work in a related profession, or have an equivalent level of training and experience.


Newbold Village Hall
Moss Lane
Newbold on Stour
Stratford upon Avon
CV37 8TU

Newbold on Stour is situated approximately 7 miles south of Stratford upon Avon on the A3400. The venue provides us with a large, airy room, with views over the Warwickshire countryside. There is free parking outside the building. There are comfortable areas for break-out groups, outside areas for refreshment breaks, and a well-equipped kitchen for the provision of refreshments. All tea, coffee and biscuits are complimentary. There is a village pub where lunch or bar snacks can be purchased and also a village shop where sandwiches and snacks can be purchased.

Please note there is disabled access to the hall, being all on one level.

Entry Criteria

We ask you to show a minimum of 2 years post-qualifying experience in your particular field, in a health- care related environment. You may, for instance, be a counsellor, psychologist, psychotherapist, coach or tutor. If you practice in another field, and would like to think about doing this course, do please contact one of us to talk it over. We do not ask you to have been practicing in supervision before the course, or to find supervisees during it. We ask you to submit a completed application form, with 2 references and a personal statement.

We will let you know within 2 weeks of receiving your application form whether your place has been confirmed.

On satisfactory completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate in Supervision, with the NCS logo and Advanced Specialist Award seal of approval.

*If you already have a Certificate in Supervision, we offer the option to attend this course to extend your qualification to Diploma level, again with the NCS seal of approval. We will ask to see proof of your Certificate qualification. If you think you might want to take this option, please contact Ruth or Steph.

Assessment Criteria

We ask for 100% attendance to complete the course.
The course is continuously self, peer and tutor assessed.

Course Dates and Times - 2017

  • 15th/16th September
  • 29th/30th September
  • 13th/14th October
  • 3rd/4th November
  • 17th/18th November

60 hours contact time

10am to 4.30pm each day

Coffee/tea served from 9.30am

Application Form

Please download the application form by following this link and complete in black ink. Details of where to send and how to pay are on the form.


Mike Worrall

Mike works as a person-centred therapist, supervisor and trainer in London. He is particularly interested in the practice of supervision and in the training of supervisors. He had run Certificate and Diploma courses in person-centred supervision in Sheffield, London, Plymouth, and Nottingham for many years.

With Keith Tudor, Mike has edited 2 collections of papers on person-centred approaches to supervision:

  • Freedom to Practice (PCCS, 2003)
  • Freedom to Practice II (PCCS, 2007)

Ruth Lyne

Ruth has been a practicing person-centred therapist in Stratford upon Avon since 2007 and a supervisor since 2012 and has a lot of experience working with both student and fully qualified counsellors. She has a strong belief in the person-centred approach and its application in the supervisory relationship and finds this immensely beneficial when working with student counsellors where an assumed power balance between supervisee and supervisor can be countered by the empathic, congruent, accepting supervisor.

Catherine Date

Catherine is an experienced teacher, trainer, person-centred counselling therapist and clinical supervisor. Catherine has a background in training and development and for the last seven years has been teaching on counselling programs within Further and Higher educational institutions, including the University of Warwick.

Catherine has maintained a private practice for over 10 years. In 2015 she decided to dedicate herself to working privately and has now established a thriving practice called Counselling Dynamics. She has been a therapist for over seventeen years with extensive experience of working with young adults. In the last few years however her work has consistently been with clients of an older age range. In addition, the provision of Clinical Supervision has attracted a strong clientele of both qualified practitioners and counsellors in training. She also provides independent clinical supervision to a number of different Counselling Agencies.

Course fees / payment plans

There are 3 payment options:

1. Course fee £1,275
A deposit of 10% or £127.50 with application to secure your place on the course. Spaces are limited, and are on a first come, first served basis. The deposit is refundable up to 4 weeks before the start of the course (18th August), and will be deducted from the total cost of the course. Payment by cheque or direct transfer please. All payment details on the application form. The balance payment of £1,147.50 will be due by 18th August, 2017


2. Early Bird discounted fee
If booked and paid in full by 4th August 2017, you pay only £1,200
Payment is by cheque or direct transfer please. All payment details on the application form.


3. Instalment plan
If you would prefer to pay in 3 instalments, you may do so by direct transfer only (details on the application form). Please notify us via email to say you have paid, after each transfer.

  • £500 by 28th July 2017
  • £500 by 18th August 2017
  • £275 by 1st September 2017

(We do not charge an admin fee for this plan, but please note, payment can only be accepted by direct transfer, not cheques)


If Therapy Challenges do not receive enough bookings to make the course viable, we reserve the right to cancel the course up to one month before the start date, and will refund all monies in that case.

If you have paid in full, or part, and then wish to cancel your place, you are able to do so up until one calendar month before the start of the course (18th August). You will receive a full refund of monies paid, minus the non-refundable deposit (if you have paid one), or a cancellation fee (£127.50). Any cancellations after this time regrettably cannot be refunded. We suggest you may consider taking out personal insurance if you want extra peace of mind.

Contact Information

Ruth Lyne 07766480263
Mike Worrall 07800589531