service supervisors professional development course

  • October 2020 - July 2021 (dates under 'structure')
  • Crouch End, N8 London

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. 

who is it for

  • This course is aimed at the child and adolescent psychotherapists who are service supervisors in an NHS setting. 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 content

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 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.

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

leaning outcome

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:

  • Supervising and supporting a trainee during the Covid-19 pandemic;
  • 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.    


The group will meet monthly on Fridays 12.30pm - 3.00pm (except last date in July, see below),

The course will be held online or at the Heather Lee Messner’s consulting room in Crouch End - N8 on:

  • 9th October
  • 6th November
  • 4th December 2020
  • 8th January 2021
  • 5th February
  • 5th March
  • 23rd April
  • 14th May
  • 11th June
  • 9th July (July meeting is at the bpf 11.30am - 2.00pm)

entry requirements

You need to be a child and adolescent psychotherapist and a service supervisor in an NHS setting.


£350 - Service Supervisors of IPCAPA trainees
£460 - IPCAPA trained Service Supervisors of non IPCAPA trainees
£570 - Other Service Supervisors

On offer of a place, you will be invited to register and pay via debit card through a secured payment page.

Please note that the bpf will not be held responsible for travel/hotel expenses made or incurred in the unlikely event of this course either being cancelled or postponed. See our cancellation and refund policies for more information.

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how to apply

Please email Edina Kernbaum, IPCAPA Training Coordinator:
Phone: 020 8438 2412
E-mail: [email protected]

Application deadline: 11th September 2020


Currently there are no resources available for this course.

access information

The building has limited access - please call us on 020 8452 9823 to discuss your needs.

contact us

For further information please email Edina Kernbaum, IPCAPA Training Coordinator:
Phone: 020 8438 2412
E-mail: [email protected]

The bpf is committed to diversity and inclusivity in all the work we deliver. We are fully dedicated to promoting, maintaining and supporting equality of opportunity in all aspects of our organisation and, as such, the bpf welcomes applications from all sections of society.