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Diploma in Supervision: Overview

Updated: Aug 18

Using the Group as the Medium of Supervision

“The primary purpose of supervision is to throw light on the therapeutic relationship; its secondary purpose is to enhance the student’s skills as a therapist. In group supervision, it is not only the experience and “know-how” of the supervisor that makes a difference, but the dialogue between colleagues of the supervision group,  each of whom has a different perspective on the therapeutic situation.”  (Behr and Hearst 2005) The course is open to group analysts, group psychotherapists, individual psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, counselling psychologists and counsellors, who have had three years’ post qualification experience. Successful applicants will be expected to be working as supervisors with a group of supervisees by the start of the course or be planning to do so. The training is psychodynamic in its orientation, but therapists from other trainings, who are interested in using the group as the medium for supervision, are welcome to apply. The course covers group supervision of groups and dyadic work. The training involves 45 hours theory and 15 hours median group experience. In addition 45 hours of group supervision of supervision will take place weekly either face to face or via telephone conferencing/zoom. There will be a 5,000-word essay to complete in order to qualify.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should have completed a recognised Qualifying training in Psychotherapy or have qualified as Psychodynamic Counsellors

  • Candidates should have a minimum of 3 years post qualification experience and they should be practicing therapists, receiving regular supervision

  • Candidates will need to be either running a supervision group or demonstrate that they will have a supervision group to bring to the course

Assessment There are 3 components to the assessment process: 1.   Theoretical knowledge and understanding is assessed by the academic staff 2.   Ability to offer supervision is assessed by the supervisor of supervision 3.   A 5,000 word essay submitted after the end of the course and marked by a Panel of Readers demonstrates a capacity to use learning from the course to offer safe, 

boundaried and appropriate supervision

Venue for 2024 course The Institute of Group Analysis, 1 Daleham Gardens, London, NW3 5BY

Course Dates

24 & 25 February 2024

20 & 21 April 2024

15 & 16 June 2024

21 & 22 September 2024

30 November & 1 December 2024

Cost of interview: £190 Course Fees* Option A: £3378, (in full, paid prior to course start) Option B: £3488, (5 instalments of £697.60, paid prior to each block weekend). *The Supervision of Supervision Fee (£1,441) is included in the fees.

Course Director: Leonie Hilliard and Sara Perren

For any queries or if you wish to discuss the course, please email the Course Directors, Leonie Hilliard, and

Sara Perren,

To Apply:

Please download and complete the application form and return it to the course administrator via scan and email to

Supervisors Course Application Form 2024
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