The Centre for Supervision and Team Development has been running supervision training since 1979 and is the longest running supervision training in the UK.  Our aim is to train and support supervisors to provide supervision in the work place, on an individual, group, team, organisational and societal basis so that work is a place of purpose, achievement, self-worth, service, relationship, and creativity.

The core of the training is based on the Seven Eyed Model which is more fully described in Supervision in the Helping Professions (Hawkins and Shohet 2012, 4th edition), written by the Centre staff which has sold 100,000 copies and been translated into eight languages.

  • Our courses are open to anyone who supervises or who intends to supervise in the near future.
  • The courses are experiential which helps to build up a sense of safety and community.
  • The rich mixture of participants with different backgrounds, orientations and experience builds an environment that challenges limiting beliefs and creates a supportive and creative learning experience.
  • Our teaching draws on learning from psychology, psychotherapy, group dynamics, inter-subjectivity, appreciative inquiry and systems thinking.
  • The seven-eyed model described in Supervision in the Helping Professions (see clip above) is a way of looking and has been found to be equally effective for clinical supervision (both individual and group), managerial supervision, spiritual mentoring and organisational supervision.
  • After completing the training, participants can attend regular supervision sessions and training days.
  • As well as training for individuals, we offer bespoke courses for any organisation, team, charity or small business that wants to promote a culture of reflective practice.

In addition to our courses at Little Venice, London, we are now offering the training as a residential in Findhorn, a spiritual community in the north east of Scotland.


Independent Supervisors' Network

The network is currently being developed by a group of Independent supervisors to provide a network for practising supervisors.  


Next Meeting re the launch of ISN on July 5th.  Robin is hosting a meeting on April 26th 4 - 6 at CCPE to get a team together to plan the day.  

1. ISN Planning Meeting 8 February 2019 - Nine of us met at CCPE to take the ISN to the next step.  We introduced ourselves and said what our interest in ISN was. We then had a minute to describe our groups.  This was followed by some groups arranging visiting and being visited by other groups to see how this process worked. See postscript below.  This is the process used in IPN for groups for the profession learning from each other and to be able to give and receive supportive and confronting live feedback.  We also looked at whether it was possible for two people to be a unit, not technically a group, but we saw no reason not to.
2.  Need for an administrator We realised at some stage we might need an administrator and administrator of the website and that this will be part of the agenda for the launch on July 5th.
3. Gatherings We looked at following IPN (Independent Practitioners) Networks model of having Gatherings during the year for all ISN members.

4. Fee We also looked at a fee for yearly membership which would be dependent on what needed financing so again would be on the agenda for 5 July and were interested in following the IPN model of a voluntary recommended subscription.  One of the group is a member of IPN so was able to provide useful learning and information from IPN.  Each group would be responsible for its own boundaries, rules ethics and so forth.  

5. We finished with a ‘swarm’ constellation, where 8 of us placed ourselves in the room and we noticed from that how prominent fear was in the system.  
6. Website In response to the website Joan is building (see below) we agreed that we would all write a paragraph about our group where we said who we were, how long we had been meeting, how many we were and whether we were open to new members.

Re the website
I, Joan, am building a website for ISN with Steve Mepsted.(Independent supervisors network.com). He is a friend, neighbour, photographer, website builder www.stevemepstedphotography.com.  I have initiated this and am happy to manage this up to July 5th, the launch of ISN.  Steve has set it up so groups can post on the site.  As I said we are building it now so it is not live.  Here is what he wrote to me about next steps

In terms of the site going forwards as I see it.

The site is still in the building stage. It needs a lot more input from members and from yourself to add real text and agreed images in the various pages.
It needs to be tested to see that everything works
It will be useful to know the actual names of the groups and who is in what group etc...
Sharing and publicising still needs to be linked up if you want it (to twitter, facebook etc...)

 For the members pages: I think at the moment the advice to give members is to send joan.wilmot@cstd.co.uk and/or me stevemepsted@gmail.com

     A portrait of themselves
     A brief Bio of approx 100 words
     Any links they wish to share

However you could ask the members what they think would be good information to include on the site. Best wishes Steve

Stay in touch.  Warm regards. Robin and Joan

P.S.  Our (Joan and Robin) peer supervision group met on Sunday and suggested that the observer(s) from a peer supervision group  might come in with some questions that could help them focus their observations. Joan and I like this idea and I wonder if you could send me some of your own.  I (Robin) am happy to be a contact person for the moment.  To start us off here are some of ours.

1. How did you feel when you first came into the group? Did it change and if so how?  What might it have told you about the group?

2. What does the group do well?

3. What have you learnt from doing this?

Diploma in Supervision

Welcome to our Diploma in Supervision

Why are we offering it?  The first response it because we were asked!   Also commitment to lifelong learning and well-being at work seems to go with the territory of reflective practice supervision so it was probably inevitable that having been in the supervision field so long that we would be asked to go beyond our certificate programme. This is a qualification for those who already have a Certificate in Supervision. 

Having reflected on the feedback and experience of delivering our first Diploma in Supervision we are now ready to offer our second intake.  We are now adding a contracting half day and two tutorials with one of the Centre staff.

Dates and foci  

1st November 2018  2-6pm Contracting.  A half day for participants to learn more about the format of the diploma and to have help in choosing their topic. 

1st tutorial A tutorial to help with choice of topic for project and support you in writing

9th February 2019  10-5  Bring a video of your work to share and write it up.

27th April 2019 10-5 Looking at the projects.

2nd tutorial

13th July 2019  10-5  Completion

In addition participants will be asked to meet with a buddy or buddies in between the sessions for feedback and support. 

Cost £595 to include tutorials

Venue: CCPE Beauchamp Lodge, London

As a start to this process we would like you without any obligation on either side to write no more than 500 words by September at the latest to include the following:

Why you want to do the diploma or another way of putting it is To what is taking the diploma a response?
What would being an 'A' grade student on this diploma look like?
What excites you about the project you have chosen?
What is your biggest hope and worst fear?

Please let us know if you would like to start this process by writing the 500 words and send to robin.shohet@cstd.co.uk
To book contact Alison and for further information please contact Joan Wilmot or phone 07974 115028

Annual Supervision Conference

CSTD London's 5th Annual Conference -  Friday 5th July 2019

The Launch and first Gathering of the Independent Supervisors Network (ISN)

In the early 90’s Robin was instrumental in organising two conferences to look at the dynamics of accreditation, out of which the IPN (Independent Practitioners Network) grew with a membership of over 200 people www.ipnetwork.org.uk.  The idea behind it was to form peer groups where members were accountable for each others’ practice.  To increase learning and to lessen the opportunity for collusion, each group regularly sends a delegate to another group to challenge and support.  Similarly that group would be visited by a delegate from another group.

The day will start with an appreciative inquiry into good experiences of accreditation, share our needs and expectations, and then we will form small special interest groups to look at how we can best organise ourselves into a self governing body.  You are welcome if you are in an already existing supervision group or dyad that would like to join ISN, or you can come as an individual supervisor wanting to join an existing group or form a group of your own. Contact Joan for details. joan.wilmot@cstd.co.uk

A website is being built which should be launched shortly so the groups and individuals can network. www.independentsupervisorsnetwork.com

Arrive 9.30am for registration, coffee and croissants
Morning Session 10am - 1pm
Lunch 1 - 2pm
Afternoon session 2.15 - 4.15pm
Post group plenary 4.15 - 5pm

Cost:  £40 - to include teas and coffees  To book a place
Venue:  Beauchamp Lodge, London Paddington www.ccpe.org.uk 

Previous Conferences

CSTD London's 4th Annual Conference -  Friday 6th July 2018
What is this business of supervision?  What does it mean to us and our profession?  
This year, our fourth annual conference, we will be hosting as a *Symposium where we join together with our questions about supervision.

CSTD London's 3rd Annual Conference -  Thursday 6th July 2017

Exploring the Dynamics of Complaints - From Complaint to Commitment
Click here - For Self and Society article by Robin Shohet

CSTD London's 2nd Annual Conference
Monday 11 July 2016
The title this year is 'You are your Accreditation' - Stepping into your own Authority - from 10am - 1pm and 'Setting up the Independent Supervisors' Network' from 2-5pm. 

CSTD London's 1st Annual Conference Monday 13 July 2015

With the CSTDLondon team, Robin Shohet and Joan Wilmot and Associates Ben Fuchs and Joseph Wilmot. The intention was to have this as a yearly event where we can gather as supervisors, supervisees and fellow explorers on the journey of personal, professional and spiritual development; create a space of unlearning explore ‘mistakes’ and play in the field of paradox.

International Supervision Week 1 - 5 July 2019

The primary purpose of International Supervision Week is to spread the idea that supervision could be beneficial in many different ways to a wide range of people.  As such the aim is to go to places where supervision might not usually be happening.  During the week, people can arrange supervision events in whatever way they want.  Possible ideas are:

  1. An event with speakers, inviting local media and potential ‘sponsors’ of supervision
  2. Creating opportunities for members of the public and people in local businesses to sign up for a free taster session.
  3. An academic event about supervision at a local University.
  4. An international debate about supervision, involving people in different countries, connecting through Skype.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like any more information; ideas for setting up your own local event; help with networking or linking up and/or attending each other’s events; or have ideas and suggestions to offer.

contact Robin   contact Joan mobile 07974 115028 and contact Joseph

Costs and Cancellation Policy

Course costs

Self funded course rate up until July 2019

Advanced Supervision £420.00

Note: For bookings from September 2019 onwards the cost of the Core, Therapeutic and Group modules will be £395 and the Advanced Course has increased to £450 self funded rate. 

Self funded course rate from September 2019

Core Supervision £395.00
Therapeutic Supervision £395.00
Group Supervision £395.00
Advanced Supervision £450.00
Sub-total £1,635.00
Less 10% if paying in full before start of first course -£163.50
Total to be paid £1,471.50

For funded rate please contact the course administrator

Additional one to one work

Two Self and Peer Assessment Tutorials to be paid direct to the tutor at the time (plus room hire when applicable) - after completion of all the modules.  Tutorial fees: £80 funded  £70 self funded

10 sessions of supervision on the 50 hours of supervision, plus 1 session to review - £70 each, paid direct to the supervisor at the time

One Day courses priced separately

Cancellation Policy

Deposits: All deposits are non-refundable.

Changing from one course to another will incur an administration fee of £25 up to 8 weeks before the start of the course.

All cancellations will need to be e-mailed.

More than 8 weeks prior to course - refund of course fee minus deposit.
8 - 4 weeks prior to course - 50% refund
Less than 4 weeks prior to course - no refund, full amount payable.
After that it will be treated as a cancellation unless we are able to fill the place.

The course to be rebooked within the year and only one transfer per deposit.

Non-attendance on the first day will count as a cancellation as each course has 21 hours attendance requirement.

Certificate in Supervision

We aim to provide the requirements for professional accreditation as supervisors including those of BACP, UKCP and BPS.
This is a modular programme which can be taken over a flexible period of time, from a minimum of a year upwards. The process we have embraced is self, peer, supervisor and supervisees assessment.  We have found that this keeps the process in relationship and maximises the learning. The reputation of the courses and their history has enabled graduates to use their attendance as a recognised supervision training and they report that our training has qualified them for the work they have wanted to do in the field of supervision. 

The Certificate consists of four modules, supervision practice and tutorials as follows:

Four modules: Core, Therapeutic - The Seven-Eyed Model, Group and Advanced. (You will receive a complimentary copy of 'Supervision in the Helping Professions' on the Core module)

Tutorials and Self, Supervisor, Supervisee and Peer Assessment
  • Ten hours of Supervision on supervision, with one additional session to review, with a senior practitioner of the participant’s choice covering 50 hours of supervision practice, the 50 hours commencing from the time of the Core.  The 50 hours do not have to be completed before attending the Advanced Course.

  • Supervisor, supervisee, peer and self assessment process takes place after completion of the above and commences with a first tutorial with a CSTD tutor in which the participant contacts their tutor after they have completed the four modules and 50 hours of supervision to arrange their first tutorial.   This tutorial is to review their training and the self assessment questionnaire that they will have filled in on the Advanced training and shared with their ‘home group’.  It is also to plan their self, supervisor, supervisee and peer enquiry process including how they will embark on the enquiry conversations they will be having in their supervision sessions using the enquiry form.

  • A second tutorial completes the process.  The participant will share the learning and experience of the enquiry conversations, review their overall learning and celebrate their journey!
We intend the certificate process to be one of self empowerment in which the participant endorses themselves as a supervisor with the support and challenge of their supervisees, peers, supervisor and tutors.

These questionnaires are for the use of the trainee for their self assessment and they are filled in and discussed at the end of the Advanced.


For a copy of our self, peer, supervisor and supervisee enquiry form click here

For a copy of our self assessment form 1 click here

For a copy of our self assessment form 2 click here

The enquiry form is for a conversation to be had with your supervisor, two or more supervisees and a peer.  It is to be handed out to them ahead of the conversation you will be having and filled into together in your supervision session or with regard to your peer in a conversation you will have arranged with each other.  The enquiry form is a stepping stone to having a conversation about your relationship and how it serves you both, your clients and your work.

For dates click here    For course costs click here    For booking form click here


Launch of ISN at Annual Conference 5 July 2019

Meeting 8 February 2019 - Nine of us met at CCPE to take the ISN to the next step.  We introduced ourselves and said what our interest in ISN was. We then had a minute to describe our groups.  This was followed by some groups arranging visiting and being visited by  other groups to see how this process worked. This is the process used in IPN for groups for the profession learning from each other and to be able to give and receive supportive and confronting live feedback.  We also looked at whether it was possible for two people to be a unit, not technically a group, but we saw no reason not to. 

We realised at some stage we might need an administrator and administrator of the website and that this will be part of the agenda for the launch on July 5th.
We looked at following IPN (Independent Practioners) Networks model of having gatherings a few times a year for all ISN members. We also looked at a fee for yearly membership which would be dependent on what needed financing so again would be on the agenda for July 5th and were interested in following the IPN model of a voluntary recommended subscription.  One of the group is a member of IPN so was able to provide useful learning and information from IPN.  Each group would be responsible for its own boundaries, rules ethics and so forth.  We finished with a ‘swarm’ constellation, where  8 of us placed ourselves  in the room and we noticed from that how prominent fear was in the system.  

Bespoke Training

CSTD Tutors have run supervision courses in a variety of countries New Zealand, the Isle of Man, Jersey, South Africa and Ireland. The trainers are regularly delivering bespoke courses to many different organisation both in the UK and abroad. If you are interested please contact the administrator or the course tutors for further details.

'I have had such wonderful feedback from the staff who attended.  Those who I have spoken to directly have all said it was amongst the best training they have had. Staff have emailed me to thank me for organising it which made me feel very clever.  Others have said it has completely changed their understanding and their view of their role and how to support staff.  I could not have asked for a better impact and outcome for this important group of staff.'  
E.S. Commissioning Manager. November 2013

Angela from a Midlands NHS Trust talks about her experience of bespoke training
click here


Supervision Training and the Transfer of Learning

A partnership approach between agencies in the statutory and voluntary sectors and the Centre for Staff Team Development.

The provision of training in supervision and team development for agencies can be arranged as follows:
  • A customised training in the different aspects of supervision i.e. individual, group, team and organisational for the members of a host agency.
  • A customised service as above which is also open to people from other agencies.
  • Courses designed to meet the needs of several agencies that make a joint approach to the Centre.

Customised Design of Courses

Each agency can plan the pattern of the workshop days to meet their particular needs. For instance they could be in four three-day workshops as are the open workshops or could be organised differently such as one day a fortnight, six weekends per year or in any other pattern. All customisation of the training will be carried out in partnership and dialogue with the host agency.

Graduated Transfer of the Training

From the start of the process the Centre plans with the host agency the graduated transfer of the skills, processes and material of the training so that they can eventually manage the supervision provision themselves and also the training of new staff. This happens in three stages:

  • Those nominated by the host agency complete the programme as members.
  • Those nominated assist Centre staff during a subsequent training programme.
  • The same staff now runs a subsequent training programme as a co-leader.

The agency would now be able to manage its training and development independently and train its trainers but could continue to collaborate with the Centre in any of the following ways:

  • Use the Centre's training manual as a basis for the training.
  • Use the Centre for the supervision the trainers.
  • Use the Centre for supervision of senior management.

Special Interest Modules

These courses are put on from time to time by request

Supervision as Spiritual Practice

  • Work as spiritual practice
  • Fear and Love in Supervision
  • Hawkins and Shohet seven eyed model from a spiritual perspective
Supervision in Teams and Organisations

This course will focus on:

  • how to supervise effective teamwork
  • facilitating teams to develop relationships with their internal and external stakeholders
  • developing supervision policies and practices within an organisation
  • supervision of organisational development

Training the Trainers

This course is put on from time to time by request.

This course is for those who want to deliver Supervision Training and who have completed a recognised training in Supervision. The core of the programme will be the participants engaging in designing, planning and delivering training elements to each other and receiving feedback.

  • catering for different learning styles
  • designing and planning training programmes
  • contracting with the learning group
  • creating the learning environment and learning container
  • setting up and debriefing exercises
  • using the Group Dynamic including handling resistance
  • co-leading and getting supervision on one’s training

This course may be particularly relevant for students from abroad who can then deliver the training back in their own country.  For bookings please contact us

Advanced Course

This is the final part of our training for those who have completed at least the Core and Seven-eyed /Therapeutic courses. The course is run in the form of a learning community. As well as input from the tutors, members take responsibility for their own and each others' learning. The course will include:

  • inter-personal process recall training using video
  • advanced skill training including supervising supervisors
  • supervision in organisational contexts
  • supervising difficult situations
  • ethics and assessment
  • special interests

Therapeutic Course

(Hawkins and Shohet 7 eyed model) 

This course will include:

  • maps and models of the supervision process
  • experiential training in using the seven modes of supervision
  • opportunities to work in triads, as supervisor, supervisee and observer
  • an exploration of contracting for different types of supervision and managing supervision boundaries
  • exploring different skills needed for individual and group supervision

Core Course

This is the first part of the four stage supervision training.

The module will include:

  • CLEAR model of supervision:
    • Contracting with particular reference to stakeholders and the wider system
    • Listening as a supervisor to all levels including to the 'field'
    • Exploring with the appropriate balance of participation and reflection
    • Action including rehearsal of future scenarios
    • Review including links to a wider context
  • Exploration of Core beliefs, limiting mindsets and reactive patterns
  • Development of the 'internal supervisor'
  • Feedback Skills
  • The Supervisory relationship and the working alliance
  • Practice sessions with feedback in small groups

All participants with receive a complimentary copy of our book ' Supervision in the Helping Professions'

Group Course

This course is open to anyone.

The course will include:
  • Contracting
  • Using the resources of group
  • The different facilitation styles in group supervision
  • How group dynamics affect group supervision
  • Practice sessions with feedback
  • Balancing individual, group and task needs
  • Application of the 7 eyed model to group supervision (seven foci of supervision, Hawkins and Shohet)


Core Course
London - November 2018
Advanced Course
London - November 2018
Core Course
London - September 2018
Advanced Course
London - July 2018
Group Course
London - April 2018
Group Course
London - April 2018
Therapeutic Course
London - February 2018
Therapeutic Course
Findhorn - January 2018
Group Course
London - November 2017
Core Course
London - September 2017
Advanced Course
London - July 2017
Group Course
London - April 2017
Therapeutic Course
London - February 2017
Therapeutic Course
London - February 2017
Advanced Course
London - November 2016
Therapeutic Course
London - October 2016
Core Course
London - September 2016
Advanced Course
London - July 2016
Group Course
London - June 2016
Group Course
London - June 2016
  Group Course
London - April 2016
Therapeutic Course
London - February 2016
Therapeutic Course
London - February 2016

Core Course
London - January 2016

Core Course
London - September 2015

Advanced Course
London - July 2015

Advanced Course
London - July 2015

Therapeutic Course
London - June 2015

Group Course
London - April 2015

Group Course
London - April 2015


Therapeutic Course
London - February 2015


Core Course
London - September 2014

Advanced Course
London - July 2014

Top row: Joy, Christa, Jaya, Lot,
Joe, Letitia, Claire, Noa, Diane
Front row: Nadine, Maryline,
Ginny, Robin, Joan

Therapeutic Course
London - February 2014


Core and Therapeutic Courses
Findhorn - January 2014

Group Course
London - November 2013

Core Course
London - September 2013

Advanced Course
London - July 2013


Group Course
London - April 2013


Therapeutic Course
London - February 2013


Core Course
London - September 2012

Advanced Course
London - July 2012


Group Course
London - April 2012


Group Course
London - October 2011


Core Course
London - September 2011


Core Course
London - September 2011


Advanced Course
Bath - July 2011


Therapeutic Course
London - February 2011


Group Course
London - October 2010


Group Course
London - October 2010


Core Course
London - September 2010


Advanced Course
London - July 2010


Therapeutic Course
London - February 2010


Core Course
London - September 2009


Therapeutic Course
Limerick - February 2009


Core Course
London - September 2008


Advanced Course
London - July 2008


Group Supervision
London - May 2008


Advanced Course
London - July 2006


Therapeutic Course
London - February 2006

CPD Dates


2 May   10-5
Using constellation work in supervision - Day 1  facilitated by Richard Spence
London £135  
10 October 10-5
Using constellation work in supervision - Day 1  facilitated by Richard Spence
London £135  
11 October  10-5
Developing constellation work in supervision - Day 2  facilitated by Richard Spence London  £135  


Using constellation work in supervision - Day 1 - facilitated by Richard Spence

    ‘Constellations’ are a way of working with individuals and groups as part of a larger system. to reveal
    underlying dynamics and fresh perspectives. The approach uses people and objects to represent
    the key elements in a three-dimensional living map.

This day is for supervisors, therapists and coaches who want to integrate a systems perspective and methodology into their practice. The session is built around experiential learning and exercises; there will be space for questions, reflection and an opportunity to take a fresh look at a current issue.

In this introductory day, Richard will show how you can start to access your own and your clients’ innate understanding of systems. You will learn the underpinning principles that inform this approach, the inner stance and some practical applications of constellations in 1:1 and group work.

By the end of this session you will be able to:
•    Notice some of the natural organising principles of human systems
•    Support people to stand in the truth of their situation and discover their own resources
•    Encourage insight and clarity through 1:1 systemic mapping
•    Use what you have learned for clarity in preparation and self-supervision

 “An enlightening, thought provoking and powerful experience… the session had a huge impact on me and my outlook on people dynamics.”

Richard Spence works with individuals, teams and organisations and trained in supervision with Robin Shohet and Joan Wilmot. Richard is passionate about constellations’ capacity to improve our professional resourcefulness and overall wellbeing. He studied family constellations with Core Constellations and the Centre for Systemic Constellations, organisational constellations with Coaching Constellations and the Hellinger Instituut in Holland where he completed the Master training in Systemic Work

Developing constellation work in supervision - Day 2 - facilitated by Richard Spence

This day is for supervisors, therapists and coaches who have completed the introductory day ‘Working Systemically in Supervision’ and wish to enhance their understanding of underlying relationship dynamics and capacity to use constellations in client work.

On this second day, Richard will take you more deeply into the principles of constellations so you can spot systemic loyalties, introduce the sentences that create systemic interventions and find resourceful places for you and your clients. The day builds on day one with experiential learning and exercises that offer practical applications of systemic work; there will be space for questions, reflection and opportunities to discover fresh insights on your current work and your own potential.  

By the end of this session you will be able to:

•    Recognise the organising principles of systems in action
•    Offer systemic sentences which name ‘what is’ and invite alignment
•    Resource yourself, supervisees and clients to be more present and confident
•    Celebrate difficulties and apply what you have learned reflectively and professionally

 “A very satisfying and stimulating event, informative and interesting, a brilliant day.”

Courses and CPD

All three day courses are 21 hours. 
If you are attending the whole programme modules are to be attended in order - Core, Therapeutic, Group and Advanced. The Core, Therapeutic and Group courses can also be taken as stand alone modules.

  January 26 - 1 February
Core and Therapeutic - The Seven-Eyed Model - residential Findhorn, Scotland
  February 6 - 8 Therapeutic - The Seven-Eyed Model - FULL CCPE London
  April 10-12 Therapeutic - The Seven-Eyed Model CCPE London
  April 24 - 26 Group - FULL CCPE London
  July 10 - 12 Advanced - FULL CCPE London
  September 18 - 20 Core CCPE London
  October 16-18 Group CCPE London
  November 27-29 Advanced- FULL CCPE London


  January 25 - 31
Core and Therapeutic - The Seven-Eyed Model - residential Findhorn, Scotland
  February 5 - 7 Therapeutic - The Seven-Eyed Model CCPE London
  April 22 - 24 Group CCPE London
  July 8-10 Advanced CCPE London
  September 16 - 18 Core CCPE London

The timings for the London courses are:

Wednesday you are welcome to arrive any time after 9.30am
for a prompt start at 10.00am finish at 5.00pm.
Thursday 9:30am – 5.00pm
Friday 9:30am – 4:00pm

Click here for costs

This is modular programme which can be take as a full certificate programme, (see Certificate in Supervision in the menu), or as stand alone courses. Participants who have trained in supervision elsewhere often like to take one or more of the courses; the courses also provide excellent CPD and for those who have completed our certificate a possibility of repeating a course at a cost of £150 if the course is not fully booked.

The Centre has been providing supervision training both as open and bespoke courses for organisations across the helping professions since 1979. These include social services departments, hospitals, drug and alcohol treatment centres, clinical psychology departments, clergy, Relate, schools, counselling and psychotherapy organisations. The rich mixture of participants with different backgrounds and orientations that attend the courses helps to build an environment that challenges assumptions as well as providing a supportive community for learning.

The Centre staff have published widely in the field including Supervision in the Helping Professions (4th edition 2012) by Peter Hawkins and Robin Shohet and the series in context (see books). Supervision in the Helping Professions is still an Open University best seller and has been translated into Czech, Swedish, Japanese and Greek. The courses have now been run in a number of countries including New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa and 15 years ago we introduced the supervision certificate. Besides being part of the certificate course and training as a supervisor the Core, Therapeutic and Group supervision courses are also stand alone courses which have provided and continue to provide CPD and an opportunity to develop oneself as a supervisee.

Our courses and our work developed out of our passion for wanting our own and other people’s work places to be sources of nourishment, support, ongoing learning and enjoyment. Research has shown that meaningful work is a major contribution to a person’s well-being. We see supervision as a very important element in this. The Centre has expanded the number of courses available from the original Core course. All reflect our basic commitment to helping to create a learning environment for individuals, teams and organisations.



Q Are CSTD courses accredited?

A CSTD was formally established as an independent body in 1979.  Before then we, the tutors, had been running in-service supervision training for the Richmond Fellowship, whom we would like to honour for our early learning in this field.

Since 1979 we have been established as a Supervision training body and were probably the first in the country to focus exclusively in this field.  Supervision in the Helping Professions was published in 1989 and is now in its third edition. It is a seminal text, has sold over thirty five thousand copies and has been translated into Czech, Greek and soon Swedish.

We formalised our training into a certificate format in 1995 when supervisors were being asked to show evidence of their training.  The training consists of 4 three-day modules plus supervision on supervision either one to one or in a group. The assessment process is three tutorials with one of the CSTD tutors, ten supervision sessions on supervision plus a rigorous self and peer assessment process with the student's supervisor, supervisees and a peer/colleague.

We have recently established an Institute for Reflective Practice for our graduates where they can attend to their ongoing CPPD.

We have decided not to seek external accreditation for our certificate. It would considerably increase the cost of the course and would involve different student assignments than we presently require. We have found that our training has been running long enough to carry weight with employing authorities.