This unit focuses on fundamentals of supervision and provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of supervision. Generic key concepts, skills, and approaches are explored with a view to transferability and application across the many different types of supervision required. It discusses definitions of supervision, the purpose and benefits of supervision, the existing evidence-base for the role of supervision in training and client outcomes, the characteristics of good supervision, the supervisory relationship, and gives a brief overview of existing models of supervision.


PSC60001 Foundations of Counselling


Admission to the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision

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Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
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Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical models of supervision
  • Be able to describe the supervisory relationship ,the roles of supervisor and supervisee
  • Demonstrate ability to apply methods of assessing supervisee’s competencies within discipline areas
  • Demonstrate the capacity to evaluate the supervisory process
  • Demonstrate awareness and attention to diversity

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
1.67 12 weeks 20
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Individual Study
1.33 12 weeks 16
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
9.50 12 weeks 114


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Class ExercisesIndividual/Group 20% 1,2,3,4,5 
TestIndividual 80% 1,2,3,4,5 


The areas covered include:

  • Role of supervision in professional practice - responsibilities, ethical issues
  • Evidence base for supervision and evidence-based supervision practice - evaluation of supervision 
  • The supervisory relationship: models, evolution, techniques and skills in developing effective supervisory alliance  
  • Developmental models in supervision
  • Fostering learning and development in supervisees - reflexive practice
  • Working with diversity in supervision
  • Provision of feedback
  • Assessment of supervisee's competencies - role of facilitative and summative assessments 

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.