- Providing Good Clinical Supervision -

21 modules


Dr William Davies



Clinical supervision is a key concept that many people are unclear about. Unclear whether 'supervision' means that you should be ensuring that the supervisee is 'doing it right' or whether you should be providing a sounding board for the supervisee to develop their clinical thinking, or what. And many people are equally unsure about exactly what their professional body has to say about it, and where to find that out.

This course is designed to clear up all of the above by looking at what we need to achieve in supervision, how to establish a competent supervision contract, and how to deliver on that contract. The aim is, therefore, that by the end of the course you will both (a) know about clinical supervision and (b) be good at providing it.

The APT has mastered the delivery of this training 'online anytime'; providing top class training you can access right now or any time that suits you. No longer do you have to wait for 'the start date' of the course.

"Thank you, very comprehensive and really enjoyed the summaries and examples/activities."

Training from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), includes APT accreditation, certification, and resources. And the APT has perfected the art of delivering it in a way that makes it appear simple and easy to apply.

"Really enjoyable and helpful."

As the author of the approach and with a wealth of clinical experience, Dr William Davies presents the course with relevant stories and examples, and an engaging lightness which perfectly complements the weight of the topic.


"The course provided me with valuable tools and skills that I can use effectively in my job."

This course is APT-accredited, and gives you access to important resources for you to use post-course. Whether you simply want to broaden your knowledge or want to provide supervision, this course is for you. It can be studied by teams or individuals, see below.

For further information on the format of APT online training, the APT’s guarantee to you, and how to make a group booking, click here.



To access the course straightaway, click ‘add to cart’ to purchase by card or PayPal. (If you are ordering the course for somebody else, or a group, create an account and select ‘Bulk Purchase’ once you have proceeded to cart.)

If you would like to be invoiced please click here (once the invoice has been paid or upon receipt of an official Purchase Order, we can then grant access to the course).


The course aims:​

  • To give you the knowledge of what supervision is, what it aims to achieve, and how this is best achieved.
  • To acquaint you with the idea that there are different models of supervision, and introduce you to one that gives you the best chance of success.
  • To give you the skill and resources to to set up good contracts with your supervisees.
  • To give you the skill and resources to reliably deliver on the contracts, repeatedly and reliably.
  • To acquaint you with the relevant legal and ethical issues involved in supervision.

What the course covers - the syllabus:

  • Definitions, purpose, boundaries and tasks of clinical supervision: just what is it?
  • An overview of some models of supervision.
  • Davies’s Structured Supervision Plan
  • The structure of supervision: setting it up right. Pros and cons of the line manager and the clinical supervisor being the same person; frequency, duration, etc; clinical responsibility.
  • Setting it up right 2: peer supervision.
  • Forming a supervision contract: how and why. Includes video demo.
  • Practical exercise on contracting.
  • Delivering the contract well. What makes for good and bad supervision? What works especially well in supervision, what are the pitfalls to avoid?
  • Socratic Dialogue
  • Focusing the conversation.
  • Giving information and helping the supervisee plan to improve on what they already do.
  • Responding to ‘resistance’ so as not to magnify it.
  • Supervising people in groups, using the same format as supervising people individually.
  • Supervising people in groups, setting up successful Consultation meetings.
  • Supervising the supervisor. The buck never stops quite where you think it does.
  • Legal and ethical issues and responsibilities.
  • Trouble-shooting. Conflicts and other problems.
  • Keeping things going well.
  • Applying what we have covered, reliably, including the use of the trouble shooting checklist.

What the course will do for you:

  • You will have confidence that you know what you are meant to do, and not do, as a supervisor; you will know what supervision is meant to be.
  • You will have the skill (and the downloadable resources) to set up contracts with your supervisees so that everyone knows where they are and what is expected of them.
  • You will be able to provide positive, effective and stimulating supervision both individually and in groups.
  • You will be able to set up ‘peer-supervision’ arrangements, for pairs and for larger groups.
  • You will have the confidence that you know about - and can therefore feel relaxed about - the legal and ethical issues involved in supervision.
  • You will have the resources to deliver what has been covered, reliably.



Click ‘add to cart’ to purchase by card or PayPal. (If you are ordering for somebody else - or a group - create an account and select ‘Bulk Purchase’ once you have proceeded to cart.)

If you would like to be invoiced please email finance@apt.ac stating; the course title, how many places you require, your organisation's purchase order number, and the name and address for the invoice to be sent to.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate APT Accreditation, Level 2 (12 hours CPD)

Learning Credits

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Definitions, boundaries and tasks of supervision
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Models of supervision
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Davies's structured supervision plan
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Setting it up right I
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Setting it up right II
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Refining the concept of supervision
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Delivering the contract well
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Socratic dialogue
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Giving information, and planning to improve
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Focusing the conversation
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Responding to resistance
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Legal and ethical considerations
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Supervising people in groups
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The consultation meeting
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Other important problems
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Keeping things going well
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Applying what we have covered reliably
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What have you earned by attending
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Added 1 day ago, by Anonymous
It’s great to have this self guided course for individuals who might not be able to attend a live or in person course. I am currently on maternity leave and it was a great way to develop my skills and get CPD hours in while looking after my little one.
Added 2 days ago, by Anonymous
Very clear user friendly and supported me in what I already offer at work.
Added 2 days ago, by Adam
Added 4 days ago, by Tracey
excellent course
Added 8 days ago, by Ines
Excellent materials
Added 9 days ago, by Rebecca
Really good course
Added 14 days ago, by Emily
Easy to list to and great content.
Added 14 days ago, by Anonymous
Comprehensive cover of all issues to do with supervision. Nive to have reflective pauses in between the chapters.
Added 14 days ago, by Michelle
I found the course very engaging, refreshed some knowledge and learnt some new skills
Added 15 days ago, by Lisa
very infromative

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