Becoming an effective supervisor part 1

This is an introductory workshop to help 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. Its aim is to help new supervisors build up confidence, knowledge and skills in what makes supervision different from other roles they provide.


09:00 Registration, tea and coffee
09:30 Workshop starts
16:00 Approximate workshop finish


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. 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.

"Excellent facilitator & the course was packed with really useful information that I can put into practise" 2011 delegate.

Pre-workshop reading

One more time: What is supervision?

Target Audience

This workshop is suitable for Chartered psychologists in counselling, clinical, forensic and occupational domains.

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.

This workshop fulfils some of the Learning Outcomes required for entry onto the Society’s Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS). The register is designed to recognise psychologists with special expertise in supervision.

Facilitator: Dr Michael Carroll CPsychol AFBPsS

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 is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Chartered Psychologist and a BACP Senior Registered Practitioner. Michael is an accredited Executive Coach and an accredited Supervisor of Executive Coaches with APECS (Association for Professional Executive Coaches and Supervisors). He has provided training in supervision for the Prison Service, the Probation Service and internationally in Ireland, Australia, Norway, and Switzerland.

Booking information


Society Member £130 + VAT
Non Member £195 +VAT

How to book

Register online using the BPS Shop

Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests more than 6 weeks before the event date.

Mon, 24/09/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre
Tel. +44 (0)116 252 9925

BPS Learning Centre