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Clinical Supervision Practice Placement

Module titleClinical Supervision Practice Placement
Module codePYCM042
Academic year2020/1
Module staff

Dr Catherine Gallop (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Within mental health settings it is becoming increasingly recognised that clinical supervision plays a fundamental role in improving clinical outcomes, supporting practitioners and ensuring safe and efficient practice. In this module you will develop advanced skills and mastery of the supervision competencies associated with clinical and case management supervision. Considerable opportunity for supervision and reflection on your supervisory practice will be afforded to enhance learning and ongoing action planning.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to develop advanced practice skills in clinical and case management supervision for evidence based psychological therapies and to support reflective practice. We aim to provide you with the scientific, intellectual and practical training that will enhance your professional practice and support your autonomous lifelong learning. We also aim to provide a supportive learning environment that fosters your clinical, academic and personal development.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Synthesise theory and competencies in planning, delivering and reflecting on clinical supervision practice
  • 2. Demonstrate generic and modality specific competencies in clinical supervision of evidence based psychological therapies
  • 3. Evidence through the portfolio how your reflection on your clinical supervision skills influences your practice
  • 4. Identify how you meet the national competency standards for clinical supervision practice

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Address systematically complex supervision problems which may be framed within unpredictable contexts, think critically, creatively, and independently, and fully appreciate the complexities of the issues
  • 6. Describe the wider ethical and professional issues encountered within clinical supervision

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Appraise your personal strengths and weaknesses in training and experience, and reflect upon the implications for your further training needs
  • 8. Give accurate and constructive feedback

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

The taught content of this module will be delivered over six days of supervision and tutorials in term two to enhance your clinical skills, personal reflection and ongoing action planning. The development of your practical understanding in the application of clinical supervision competences will be achieved through group supervision sessions, tutorials and preparation of your Extended Supervision Practice portfolio. You will have extensive opportunities to deliver and reflect on your clinical supervision skills though your supervision practice placement and regular supervision.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching15Tutorials – these will be used to debate and reflect on salient supervision issues
Scheduled Learning and Teaching15Small group supervision – these will be used to develop and reflect on supervision competencies
Placement10Practice-based supervision of supervision
Placement90Preparation and delivery of practice based supervision
Guided Independent Study130Reading and scholarly activity
Guided Independent Study40Preparation of supervision portfolio and practice outcome document


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Peer group discussion of self and supervisor rating of supervision competencies to include presentation of videoed examples of supervision1 hour2-4, 7-8Oral
Formative practical skills assessment – supervisor-rated competency assessment1 hour video/audio record and self-assessment2-5, 8Written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Extended supervision practice portfolio to include feedback from supervisees – pass/fail only (this assessment must be passed; failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)06000 words1-8Written
Practical skills assessment – supervisor rated competency assessment comprising of a video/audio record and self-assessment (this assessment must be passed; failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)1001 hour2-5, 8Written


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Extended supervision practice portfolioExtended supervision practice portfolio1-812 weeks from the date that feedback was provided
Practical skills assessmentPractical skills assessment2-5, 812 weeks from the date that feedback was provided

Re-assessment notes

Two assessments are required for this module. In all cases re-assessment will be the same as the original assessment. Where you have been referred/deferred for any form of assessment detailed above you will have the opportunity to retake within 12 weeks from the date that feedback was provided, following additional supervision sessions as necessary with the agreement of the Module Convenor.

If you pass re-assessments taken as a result of deferral, your re-assessment will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment and the overall module mark will not be capped.

If you pass re-assessments taken as a result of referral (i.e. following initial failure in the assessment), the overall module mark will be capped at 50%.

If you fail re-assessments taken as a result of referral (i.e. following initial failure in the assessment), you will be failed in the module and as a consequence you will be failed in the programme and your registration as a student of the University will be terminated.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Child IAPT National curriculum (2012). London: Department of Health.
  • Milne, D. (2009). Evidence-based Clinical Supervision. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Proctor, B. (2000). Group Supervision: a Guide to Creative Practice. London, Sage.
  • Roth, A.D. and Pilling, S. (2007). Competencies required to supervise effective psychological therapies.London: HMSO, Department of Health.
  • Scaife, J. (2008). Supervision in Clinical Practice; A Practitioner’s Guide. London: Routledge.
  • Turpin, G. and Wheeler, S. (2011). IAPT Supervision Guidance. London: Department of Health.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • ELE page: (All resources will be made available on ELE. This includes additional material covered in the tutorials, the required readings, information about assessment and additional material (e.g., videos).)

Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

DVD/audio competency clips from IAPT and University of Exeter teaching team.

Key words search

Supervision, young people, children, improving access to psychological therapies, IAPT, cognitive behavioural therapy, parenting, competency assessment

Credit value30
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites


Module co-requisites

PYCM089 Supervising Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies/Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health or Education Settings

NQF level (module)


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