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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Clinical Supervision Theory and Practice
Module Code NS623
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Aisling McMahon
Semester 2: Aisling McMahon
Autumn: Aisling McMahon
Module TeachersAisling McMahon
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 20
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Resubmission of Written Assignment

This module focuses on the theory and practice of clinical supervision. Candidates will engage in a critical reflection of the dominant theoretical approaches, conceptual models and modes of clinical supervision. Research studies examining approaches, processes, relationships and efficacy in supervision will be critically analysed. Dominant perspectives on clinical supervision practice will be critically examined in the context of real world supervisory environments. The emphasis in this module is on integrating knowledge, practice and research within the field of clinical supervision.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically analyse theoretical and conceptual approaches in clinical supervision and the use of single or integrative approaches
2. Critically analyse supervision research.
3. Discuss ethical, legal and professional issues in real world supervisory practice
4. Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to issues of culture, diversity and power in clinical practice supervision.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Assignment Completion500No Description
Total Workload: 500

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Level 9 Study
Level 9 academic, professional and personal development in clinical supervision.

Models and Theories
Conceptual Models and Theoretical Approaches to Clinical Supervision.

Integrating supervisory theories and conceptual models

Learning Support
Adult Learning Theory

Professional Development
Professional development in clinical supervision.

Personal Development
Reflective practice & personal awareness activities

National and international qualitative and quantitative supervision research studies

Module Activities
Provision of online resources & independent study

Independent Study
Reviewing literature and research, assignment preparation.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayWritten assignment100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Bernard, J.M. and Goodyear, R.K. New Jersey: 2019, Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision,, 6th, Pearson Education, Inc, New Jersey,
  • Carroll,M: 2014, Effective supervision for the helping professions, 2nd, Sage, Los Angeles,
  • Carroll, M., Tholstrup, M. (eds): 2001, Integrative Approaches to Supervision, Jessica Kingsley, London,
  • Creaner, M.: 2014, Getting the Best Out of Supervision in Counselling and Psychotherapy- A Guide for the Supervisee,, Sage, London,
  • Dallos,R., Steadman, J: 2009, Reflective Practice in psychotherapy and counselling,, McGraw-Hill/ Open University, Maidenhead,
  • Feltham, C., Hanley, T. & Winter, L. (Eds) The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 4th Ed., All, Sage London: 2018, The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy,, 4th, Sage, London,
  • Guiffrida, D. A.: 2015, Constructive clinical supervision in counseling and psychotherapy., Routledge,
  • Hawkins, P. and McMahon, A.: 2020, Supervision in the Helping Professions, 5th, McGraw- Hill/ Open University Press.,
  • Norcross , J.C., Popple, P.M.: 2016, Supervision Essentials for Integrative Psychotherapy,, American Psychological Association.,
  • Page, S., Wosket, V. Supervising the Counsellor,: 2015, Supervising the Counsellor, 3rd, Routledge,
  • Scaife, J.: 2019, Supervision in Clinical Practice: A Practitioner's Guide, Routledge.,
  • Stoltenberg, C.D., McNeill, B.W.: 2010, An integrated developmental model for supervising counselors and therapists,, 3rd, Routledge.,
  • Thomas, J.: 2010, The Ethics of Supervision and Consultation: Practical Guidance for Mental Health Professionals,, APA,
  • Todd, T C., (ed).: 2014, The complete systemic supervisor: context, philosophy, and pragmatics., Wiley-Blackwell.,
  • Van Deurzen, E. and Young, S.: 2009, Existential Perspectives on Supervision,, Palgrave Macmillan.,
  • Vetere, A., Sheehan, J. (eds): 2017, Supervision of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice,, Springer International Publishing AG.,
  • Watkins, C., Milne, D.: 2014, The Wiley international handbook of clinical supervision,, Wiley,
  • Wheeler, S., King D. Supervising counsellors; issues of responsibility Sage.: 2018, Supervising counsellors; issues of responsibility, Sage,
  • Wosket, V.: 2016, The therapeutic use of self: Counselling, practice, research and supervision,, 2nd, Routledge.,
  • Balint, M: 1957, The doctor, his patient and the illness,, International universities press inc.,
  • Dallos,R., Steadman, J.: 2009, Reflective Practice in psychotherapy and counselling,, McGraw-Hill/ Open University.,
  • Estadt, B., Compton, J and Blanchette M. (eds): 2005, The Art of Clinical Supervision,, Wipf & Stock Publishers.,
  • Frawley-O’Dea, M.G. and Sarnat, J.E.: 2001, The Supervisory Relationship – A Contemporary Psychodynamic Approach.,, Guilford.,
  • Gilbert, M. and Evans, K.: 2000, Psychotherapy Supervision- An Integrative Relational Approach to Psychotherapy Supervision,, Open University Press.,
  • Holloway, E.: 1995, Clinical Supervision: A Systems Approach,, Sage,
  • Mattinson, J.: 1977, The Reflection Process in Casework Supervision, Institute of Marital Studies,, Tavistock Institute of Human Relations.,
  • Proctor, B Group Supervision –: 2009, Group Supervision – A Guide to Creative Practice,, Sage,
  • Shohet, R.: 2008, Passionate supervision, Jessica Kingsley.,
  • Stoltenberg, C.D. and Delworth, U.: 1987, Supervising Counselors and Therapists,, Jossey-Bass.,
  • Tudor, K. and Worrall, M.: 2004, Freedom to Practise: Person-centred Approaches to Supervision., PCCS Books.,
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