Overview of Supervision and Assessment of Clinical Practice

Supervision and Cases

As part of the programme you will receive two and a half hours of university-based group supervision of your Incredible Years and Helping the Non-compliant Child (HNC) practice a week, including group and individual work. You are expected to bring tapes of group and individual parent work to group supervision. There will be a minimum of 70 hours of combined workplace and university supervision over the course year. You will also receive weekly supervision of your individual parent work from your workplace supervisor over the year and you will be expected to bring video clips for this supervision.


In order to meet the criteria for Group Leader Certification in the Incredible Years Program, you need to complete two groups of 14 weeks duration.  These groups should be two hours long. An optimum number of 12-14 participants is recommended and a minimum of six parents must complete each group.You also need to have seen at least six, closely supervised, completed individual parent cases (normally seen for six sessions or more from start to completion/termination) and have received five hours minimum of workplace supervision on each of these cases, in order to meet IAPT curriculum requirements. Three of these cases will be with parents/caregivers from the group receiving additional support and will be based on the IY home coaching. 


Three cases will need to be with parents not from a group intervention and these parents will receive support based on Helping the Non-Compliant Child. The individual parent work will be closely supervised through bringing whole session tapes to the university and by bringing clips to workplace supervision. This work needs to be with the parent and parent and child.


We have provided a supervision contract for you and both your supervisors to work through during your initial meetings to help you discuss and agree the nature and content of your supervision. This will form the Supervision Contract between yourself, University Supervisor and Workplace Supervisor. Please do adapt this to your individual needs if helpful.


Supervision Feedback

We have provided a supervisee feedback form on supervision which can be a useful tool to help you review supervision with your supervisor at the end of each term. At the end of each supervision session we will ask you to provide feedback to your supervisor by using the Helpful Aspects of Supervision Questionnaire (HASQ).


Your Supervisors

Your University based supervisor will provide you with intensive skills-based supervision, helping to develop your Incredible Years and HNC competencies and skills. They will supervise two groups over the year. During the course of the year, you will move supervision groups. 


Your Workplace based supervision will also involve caseload supervision. They will hold an overview of all your clinical cases. They will also support you in applying relevant theory to your individual parenting cases and will be able to support you in working in your clinical setting and dealing with clinical issues such as risk. 


Both your Workplace and University based clinical supervisors will be offered training in the requirements of supervision and the clinical assessment associated with the programme. They will also be offered ongoing continued professional development (CPD) in and supervision of their supervision practice.


Your Role as Supervisee

In addition to filling in the clinical and supervision logs and reports (see below) you will also need to think about your role as a supervisee. This will include coming prepared for your supervision, keeping notes on discussions in supervision and carrying through jointly agreed action points (see record of supervision) and bringing a summary of your supervision to your 1:1 tutorials (see ongoing summary of supervision hours). If you have any concerns about your cases or supervision please do raise these with your supervisors in the first instance.

In order to develop a reflective approach to the work you carry out and link theory, practice and supervision, Reflective Practice Logs should be submitted alongside your group and individual tape submissions.