Becoming an effective supervisor (with Dr Michael Carroll)

This is an introductory course to help those beginning supervisors understand what supervision is, how to contract with supervisees and organisations to set it up and learn some strategies for implementing supervision and maintaining it professionally over time. It aim is to help new supervisors build up confidence, knowledge and skills in what makes supervision different from other roles they provide.


The supervision provided will focus on clinical supervision for trainees or for qualified psychologists. It will provide several models of supervision - the first being an overview of how supervision is a forum of learning from psychological practice. With the supervisor seen as a facilitator of learning from practice, a number of frameworks will provide interventions and strategies to help make supervision effective e.g., the seven eyed supervisor model, contracting in supervision with particular note to the psychological contract, giving feedback to help support learning and finally helping supervisee learn how to use supervision constructively. The course will be a blend of input, experiential work, live supervision and small discussion groups. It will focus on helping supervisees become "reflective practitioners" and will provide models and frameworks to help supervisors train in reflection and levels of reflection.

Psychological theory underpinning the workshop

The course will be based on a strong psychology of learning: how do individuals learn, what supports and hinders their learning and how can supervisors provide the relationship and environment that enables transformational learning. It will also be based on the research from counselling psychology on supervision e.g., what are the features of an effective/ineffective supervisor and what factors help supervisees learn from supervision. Developmental models of supervision will be included as will personality theory applied to styles of learning. The evidence base for supervision will be looked at and references provided.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To understand what supervision means
  • To learn the seven focus points of supervision and be able to apply them
  • To devise supervisory contracts and be able to negotiate them with supervisees and organisations
  • To be able to give feedback in supervision effectively (especially when negative)
  • To help supervisees make the best use of supervision (using the trainers manual "Becoming an Effective Supervisee - Creating Learning Partnerships"
  • To support supervisors train in reflection and different levels of reflection
  • To become ethically aware of supervisory issues and help supervisees have a model of ethical decision making


Michael Carroll, Ph.D. is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and a BACP Senior Registered Practitioner. He is an accredited Executive Coach and an accredited Supervisor of Executive Coaches with APECS (Association for Professional Executive Coaches and Supervisors).

Michael is Visiting Industrial Professor in the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol and the winner of the 2001 British Psychological Society Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology. He has provided training in supervision for the Prison Service, the Probation Service and internationally in Ireland, Australia, Norway, and Switzerland.

Provisional timetable

09:00 - 9:30 registration and refreshments
09:30 workshop starts
11:00 - 11:15 break
12:30 - 13:00 lunch (provided)
15:00 - 15:15 break
16:45 - 17:00 approximate finish

Booking Information

Target audience:

Counselling, clinical and forensic psychologists. This course is also relevant for occupational psychologists.

Pre/post-course work:

A reading list will be provided beforehand as well as a free copy of the trainer’s article: "One more time - What is Supervision?"

Workshop fee:

BPS Members £130 (+VAT)
Non-BPS Members £195 (+VAT)

To register for this workshop online, please go to the BPS Shop or complete and return the registration form.




Society's London office at 30 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4UE. Download map below

Wed, 13/04/2011 -
09:00 to 17:00
Contact Information: 

For all enquiries please contact the BPS Learning Centre on 0116 252 9925 or [email protected]

Division of Counselling Psychology, BPS Learning Centre