The unit aims to provide an introduction to clinical supervision from Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) perspective in counselling and psychotherapy. It covers both conceptual and procedural aspects of providing supervision within the CBT framework. Consistent with CBT theory, this approach makes use of observable cognitions and behaviours—particularly of the supervisee’s professional identity and his/her reaction to the client. Within this framework, the focus is on adopting a structured and systematic approach to supervision in terms of conceptualisation of client and/or supervisee progress with an aim of reducing negative emotions in the supervisee, providing training in hypotheses generation and testing, specific knowledge and skill development, modelling and implementation of interventions, and evaluation through self- and live- observation. The role of objective and reliable evaluation of outcomes in therapy and supervision is consistent with the emphasis on evidence-based practice within this approach.


Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy framework as it applies to supervision
  • Identify and demonstrate the aspects of a collaborative supervisory relationship
  • Conceptualise client/supervisee progress within CBT framework
  • Evaluate the supervisory process

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
20.00 1 week 20
Specified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
16.00 1 week 16
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
9.50 12 weeks 114


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Case Study ReportGroup 45% 1,2,3,4 
Case Study ReportIndividual 45% 1,2,3,4 
Class ExercisesIndividual 10% 1,2,3,4 


The areas covered include:

  • Basic Tenets of Cognitive-behaviour therapy
  • Supervision Models in Cognitive-behaviour therapy (competencies, processes)
  • Role of supervisor and supervisee
  • The Supervision Relationship – Collaborative empiricism
  • Conceptualizing client/supervisee progress – identification of strengths, expectations, beliefs, negative emotions
  • Hypothesis generation and testing
  • Knowledge and skill development
  • Use of behavioral techniques: modelling, role plays
  • Implementation and evaluation
  • Developing reflective practice
  • Role of objective, reliable measures to evaluate practice
  • Evaluation of supervisee competencies

Study resources

Reading materials

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