VQ14 Skills for Supervision

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This unit will provide candidates with knowledge and understanding of the need and value of Supervision in developing and maintaining a safe, responsible and reflective practice. Course material will address the nature of the Supervisory relationship, and enable candidates to consider the effectiveness of Supervision in relation to their practice.

The unit aims to enable candidates to:

  • identify the type(s) of Supervision they need to work ethically and effectively
  • have knowledge and understanding of the range of Supervision models
  • contract with a Supervisor and provide a Supervision contract
  • recognise material appropriate for Supervision and to practise the presentation of this material
  • analyse evidence on how Supervision informs and improves practice.

Learning outcomes

Assessment criteria

 The learner will be able to:

The learner can:


Understand the nature of and need for Supervision

1.1 Critically compare the key components of models of Supervision (formative, normative, restorative, Hawkins and Shohet)

1.2 Summarise the key tasks of the Supervisor


Select case material for Supervision 

2.1 Judge material appropriate for Supervision

2.2 Select, demonstrate and justify appropriate skills to present material at Supervision


Implement feedback from Supervision to improve practice

3.1 Develop an action plan arising from three recent Supervision sessions


Understand how to manage the helping interaction to safeguard the triad (counsellor, client and Supervisor)

4.1 Develop a plan to mitigate key risks (ethical, legal, moral, physical) to both counsellor and client

4.2 Review key challenges to ethical practice when presenting case material in Supervision (individual and group).


Understand how to reflect upon and develop own competence in this area

5.1 Evaluate a range of considered strategies through which work can be developed such as continuing professional development, use of Supervision and personal research