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Service Supervisors Professional Development Course







Who the course is for

IPCAPA is committed to supporting its service supervisors in their vital role in training our child and adolescent psychotherapists.  This course is part of that support and is aimed at service supervisors who wish to enhance their supervisory skills in the ever complex NHS environment.  We particularly recommend the course to service supervisors who have not previously supervised an IPCAPA trainee.
It is an Association of Child Psychotherapists requirement for child psychotherapists who act as service supervisors to undertake training on the many aspects of this complex role.
Supervision skills are also seen as a crucial addition to professional and managerial development in NHS services so this will be a valuable addition to CPD.

Course Overview

Trainee child psychotherapists have a 4 year placement in an NHS setting within which they learn all aspects of becoming a child psychotherapist, while their personal analysis and theoretical learning take place elsewhere. The Service Supervisor has the vital responsibility for facilitating their growth throughout this and IPCAPA are committed to enabling their Service Supervisors in this crucial role. 
The group of Service Supervisors will meet monthly on a Friday from 1.00pm – 3.00pm.  The afternoon is divided into two one hour sessions, the first to address issues that commonly arise from the role, the trainee and their relationship (see below for the topics) and after a short break is followed by presentations from individual service supervisors of supervision sessions for group discussion and reflection. 
In a confidential setting Service Supervisors will be able to discuss their relationship with their trainee and any difficulties that they may be experiencing. The individual supervisor will bring their experience of supervising into a group where the experience is further processed within a closed and trusted group of colleagues.

Course Leaders

The courses will be led by Heather Lee-Messner, an experienced child and adolescent psychotherapist.  Dr. Janine Sternberg will be providing additional input.

Learning outcomes

The course will address a range of issues including the following, through allowing space for the participants to talk about their experience as supervisors as well as drawing on their own experience of training and being supervised:
  • Selecting suitable training cases, the complications of working the case up, developing a therapeutic alliance with the parents/carers;
  • Aiding the trainee’s relationship with members of the multi-disciplinary team;
  • Concept of the supervisory model; distinguishing between modelling in service supervision and intensive case supervision; how to manage when the intensive case supervisor is recommending an approach that you and your department don’t feel comfortable with;
  • The idea of a “time-line” of growth. How does supervision help the student progress? Is this formally registered and noticed or does it happen invisibly? Supervisee’s part in the process- co-construction -who decides what gets brought to Service Supervision? Who is in charge of the agenda?
  • How do we effectively give feedback to a supervisee about how they are doing?  Given that such personal issues are being thought about in what way do these affect the supervisee’s relationship with the supervisor
  • Transference issues between the supervisor and supervisee;
  • Dealing with endings with final year trainees – ending of cases and training.  The external job market support.
The trainee therapist has to learn to use him/herself in a different way as a therapist. We will look closely at how the supervisor facilitates the development of all this. We want to explore the difficulties that come up in the process of supervision as well as acknowledge the extraordinary privilege of helping someone to become a professional who over time learns to function autonomously.    

Course Times

The course will be held at the Heather’s consulting room in Crouch End - N8,  from 1.00 - 3.00pm on:
Friday:   13th October; 17th November;  8th December 2017
Friday:   12th January; 9th February; 16th March; 20th April; 18th May; 15th June; 13th July 2018

Course Fees

Deadline for place
Service Supervisors of IPCAPA trainees
6th July
IPCAPA trained Service Supervisors of non IPCAPA trainees
6th July
Other Service Supervisors
6th July

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be made in writing and subject to an admin fee of £25
100% refund will be given for cancellations up to 60 days before the course start date.
50% refund will be given for cancellations up to 30 days before the course start date.
No refund for cancellations received in less than 30 days before the course start date.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Jaya Varsani, IPCAPA Training Co-ordinator.  Tel: 020 8438 2412. E-mail: ipcapatraining@bpf-psychotherapy.org.uk

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