This post-qualifying supervision training for counsellors is designed for experienced counsellors and psychotherapists from a variety of theoretical backgrounds and specialisms who would like to develop the skills and knowledge to become competent clinical supervisors. The course consists of experiential exercises, theoretical input, skills practice sessions, case studies and time for reflecting on one’s own practice.


 “Definitely the best course I have ever done. Thoroughly enjoyable and challenging but also personalised – I felt it met my needs and I could choose what and how I learnt.”     Emma, 2016

“I have felt supported throughout.”     Ellen, 2016

“Stimulating and fun. Positive, non-judgmental atmosphere. Very good learning experience.”     Jane, 2017


Course duration: Five months (one weekend per month) commencing March 2019


Course dates:     (9:30am – 4:30pm each day)

  • Saturday 7th / Sunday 8th September 2019
  • Saturday 5th / Sunday 6th October 2019
  • Saturday 2nd / Sunday 3rd November 2019
  • Saturday 30th November / Sunday 1st December 2019
  • Saturday 4th / Sunday 5th January 2020

If you wish to continue from this Certificate level qualification then there is a “bolt-on” weekend to gain a full diploma in Supervision the date of which is : 16th and 17th May 2020 This carries an additional fee of £270.00

The subjects covered include:

  • the tasks, functions, responsibilities and accountabilities of the supervisor, supervisee and also of the context in which the supervision takes place (such as the organisation and professional bodies that could be overseeing the work).
  • key theories of supervision i.e. Hawkins and Shohet, Brigid Proctor, Francesca Inskipp, Page & Wosket etc.
  • group supervision versus one to one supervision
  • managing ethical dilemmas and professional complaints as well as understanding and working within the professional and ethical requirements appropriate to the students’ professional body and the organisations within which they may be working.


Entry requirements: Candidates must:

  • be qualified to level 4 or 5 Diploma level in counselling or psychotherapy
  • have at least 2 years post qualifying experience as a practising counsellor/psychotherapist consisting of at least 450 hours (including placement hours whilst a student) in supervised practice
  • provide a reference from their current supervisor stating that they are ready to start supervising other practitioners.


Course requirements: Course participants will need to be:

  • currently in practice as counsellors/psychotherapists
  • supervising other practitioners by the end of the course
  • receiving supervision for their supervision work from a suitably qualified and experienced supervisor.



There will be assignments set between each weekend (mainly practical in nature) culminating in a recorded session and at the end of the course a case study (4,000 words +/- 10%) is submitted. All the work will be assessed and marked; the qualification is awarded on attainment of a pass mark.



The lead tutor:

Jon Wilson Cooper started his professional therapeutic career in the mid-80s by working in therapeutic communities with people with severe mental health difficulties as well as drug and alcohol problems. Over the next two decades he worked as a manager and consultant/trainer all over England, for two years in America and a year in India. He started formally supervising others from 1990 and continues conducting therapeutic and management supervision to this day.

Jon graduated as a Gestalt psychotherapist in 1995 and set up in private practice; this includes one to one therapy and supervising individuals and groups of counsellors/psychotherapists working with a wide range of client groups and with diverse theoretical orientations.

Jon went on to gain a a qualification in supervision with a postgraduate certificate in Professional Practice (with merit at level 7 masters) awarded by University College Plymouth 15th January 2010.

Jon was Head of the Foundation Degree in Person Centred counselling at Harrow College for a decade and was later Head of the Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling at The Metanoia Institute, London.

 Jon is also Director of The Albany Centre and was The Chair of the board of trustees of Signpost Youth Counselling Service in southwest Hertfordshire for 3 years.



Please contact us on for an application form and supervisor’s reference form in order to apply.

Payment is required in order to fully enrol. Please note that joining the course commits the individual for the duration of the course so that the fees are due whether the individual decides to continue or not (ie if you accept a place you are enrolled and the course fees are non-refundable as from a month prior to the commencement of the course).

Course Fees:
The cost of the course is £1800.00 for the Certificate. Payment options are as follows: 
  • Full course fees in advance: a 5% discount will be available for those wishing to pay the full course fees up front (£1710.00)  by BACS transfer (HSBC, sort code 40-40-01, account 42200066) or by cheque (please make cheques payable to The Albany Centre and send to our address).
  • Fees by instalments (BACS) – the course fee is £1800.00 comprising:
  1.       £300 non-refundable deposit
  2.       direct debit mandate
  3.        5 x instalments of £300 (5th September, 5th October, 5th November, 5th December, 5th January)

If you wish to go on to gain the diploma by joining us for an additional weekend the fee is £270.00

  • Alternatively contact us if you’d like to know more.

                                        June 2018 Supervision Course student’s portal