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Archived Version 2018 - 2019

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 20
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module focuses on the evolving field of psychotherapy supervision. Candidates will engage in a robust study and critical discussion of the dominant modes, conceptual and theory bound models underpinning psychotherapy supervision. The findings from qualitative and quantitative research studies examining approaches, processes, relationships and efficacy in supervision will be critically analysed. Philosophies of supervision will be considered. Ethical and professional issues will be illuminated and considered in the context of real world psychotherapy supervision practice. The emphasis in this module is on academic, practical, professional and personal development with respect to psychotherapy supervision. Through independent study and engagement in psychotherapy supervision and supervision consultation, candidates will engage in a depth of professional and personal reflection as well as critical appraisal about their own and other’s perspectives on psychotherapy supervision.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically discuss the efficacy of dominant conceptual models of psychotherapy supervision
2. Articulate and debate the strengths and limitations of theory bound approaches in psychotherapy supervision
3. Integrate and operationalise conceptual and theory bound supervision model(s)
4. Critically analyse national and international qualitative and quantitative supervision research studies and articulate the potential contribution these make to psychotherapy supervision
5. Identify and make an informed response to ethical and professional issues as they emerge in real world supervisory practice
6. Take a position on the philosophical positions, conceptual and theory bound model(s) that inform and influence one’s supervisory practice
7. Engage in reflexive, critical examination of their own and peers’ supervisory practice

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture70Lectures, Seminar Groups, Supervision Practice Development and Group Supervision
Tutorial5Personal Tutor and Module Coordinator
Clinical placement5Supervision Consultation
Independent Study420Pre and post-session reading, independent reading and literature searching, assignment preparation ,portfolio building, publications
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

Doctorate Level Study
Doctoral level academic, professional and personal development in psychotherapy supervision.

Individual, peer and group supervision modes of supervision

Models and Theories
Conceptual and Theory Bound Models of Supervision

Professional & Ethical Issues
Ethic issues and Codes of Ethics and Practice/Professional issues including contracting, boundary setting in supervisory relationships, supervisor responsibility, assessing supervisees competence, maintaining high standards of safe and ethical practice and ending supervisory alliances

Professional Development
Professional development of supervisory practice/ Supervised supervisory practice

Personal Development
Reflective practice & personal awareness activities

National and international qualitative and quantitative supervision research studies

Module Activities
Lectures, seminar groups, individual tutorials, on-line resources and assessment of supervisory competences. Independent study, assignment preparation, portfolio building, publications, supervisory practice and supervision consultation

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Balint, M: 1957, The doctor, his patient and the illness, International universities press inc., New York,
  • Bernard, J.M. and Goodyear, R.K.: 2014, Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision, Pearson Education, Inc., New Jersey,
  • Carroll,M: 2014, Effective supervision for the helping professions, Sage, Los Angeles,
  • Carroll, M., and Tholstrup, M. (eds): 2001, Integrative Approaches to Supervision, Jessica Kingsley Publishers., 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,
  • Guiffrida, D. A.: 2015, Constructive clinical supervision in counseling and psychotherapy., Routledge., New York,
  • Hawkins, P. and Shohet, R: 2012, Supervision in the Helping Professions, 4th, Open University Press., Berkshire,
  • Holloway, E.: 1995, Clinical Supervision: A Systems Approach, Sage, London,
  • Norcross , J.C., Popple, P.M.: 2016, Supervision Essentials for Integrative Psychotherapy, American Psychological Association, Washington,
  • Page, S., Wosket, V.: 2001, Supervising the Counsellor, 2nd, Routledge, London,
  • Proctor, B: 2009, Group Supervision – A Guide to Creative Practice, Sage, London,
  • Scaife, J: 2009, Supervision in Clinical Practice-A Practitioner's Guide, Routledge, England,
  • Stoltenberg, C.D. and Delworth, U.: 1987, Supervising Counselors and Therapists, Jossey-Bass, California,
  • Watkins, C (ed): 1997, Handbook of Psychotherapy Supervision, Wiley, New York,
  • Estadt, B., Compton, J and Blanchette M. (eds): 2005, The Art of Clinical Supervision, Wipf & Stock Publishers, Oregon, USA,
  • Feltham, C. and Dryden, W: 1994, Deevloping Counsellor Supervision, Sage, London,
  • Frawley-O’Dea, M.G. and Sarnat, J.E.: 2001, The Supervisory Relationship – A Contemporary Psychodynamic Approach., Guilford, New York,
  • Mattinson, J.: 1977, The Reflection Process in Casework Supervision, Institute of Marital Studies, Tavistock Institute of Human Relations., London,
  • Gilbert, M. and Evans, K.: 2000, Psychotherapy Supervision- An Integrative Relational Approach to Psychotherapy Supervision., Open University Press, Maidenhead,
  • Tudor, K. and Worrall, M.: 2004, Freedom to Practise: Person-centred Approaches to Supervision., PCCS Books., Herefordshire,
  • Van Deurzen, E. and Young, S: 2009, Existential Perspectives on Supervision, Palgrave Macmillan., England,
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