Supervision of Counselling for Depression Cert

Supervision of Counselling for Depression Cert

UCLan’s supervision of Counselling for Depression (CfD) course offers professional development for counsellors who are already trained in Person-centred or Humanistic approaches, CfD and who have significant clinical and supervision experience. This course provides you with a thorough grounding in the theory, evidence base and practice of supervision of CfD.

Entry and Admissions


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: Two days plus provision of supervision in practice.

SCHOOL: School of Community Health and Midwifery

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: 20th and 21st March 2020

Entry Requirements:




Diploma in humanistic or person centred counselling or psychotherapy

Postgraduate qualification in humanistic or person centred counselling or psychotherapy

Evidence of working towards BACP Counsellor/Psychotherapy accreditation or equivalent

Current BACP counsellor/psychotherapy accreditation or equivalent

Successful completion of CfD training


Either a qualification to provide clinical supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists (eg cert or diploma in supervision)


60 hours experience of providing clinical supervision to counsellors and/or psychotherapists in a healthcare setting.

Current BACP supervisor accreditation or equivalent.






Opportunity to undertake a minimum of 6 supervision sessions with CfD trainee or counsellor


Support of Line Manager to participate


Support of Supervisor to participate


Support of SHA/Commissioner to participate


DBS Checks:

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Course Content

Establishing a working and learning environment

Ethical Framework of Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Key processes of clinical supervision

Hawkins & Shohet and Proctor’s model of the supervisory framework

ICFD Supervisory Adherence scale.

Professional supervisory practice within a IAPT model of therapy.

Learning Environment & Assessment

Following the two-day training programme, trainee CfD supervisors are required to complete a minimum of six supervision sessions. Sessions should be audio-recorded and two of these submitted for assessment. These will be assessed by the University staff using the key PCE Supervision Competences. The two clinical recordings will be of at least 36 / 54 on the Supervisory adherence scale as dictated by the professional body.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

This course aims to provide a baseline of assessed competency for the supervision of counselling for depression (IAPT recommended form of treatment for depression).

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Systematically apply theoretical knowledge in support of professional understanding and personal awareness relating to the CFD supervisory approach
  2. Demonstrate competence in meeting the minimum requirements of the Supervisory Adherence Scale

Industry links & professional accreditation

  • Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
  • BACP

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

Working in IAPT services

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

Qualify in CfD then after clinical experience complete the Supervision of CfD course to supervise other counsellors/psychotherapists.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

Course fee: £2000. Places are currently funded by Health Education England.

How to Apply

Post-registration Recruitment 
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839