CBT Models in Supervision

PSC60017 12.5 Credit Points Singapore


  • One semester/teaching period

Contact hours

  • 36

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

Aims and objectives

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.

At the conclusion of this unit students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy framework as it applies to supervision
2. Identify and demonstrate the aspects of a collaborative supervisory relationship
3. Conceptualise client/supervisee progress within CBT framework
4. Evaluate the supervisory process

Courses with unit

A unit of study in the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision (GC-CLSUP) and Graduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision (GD-CLSUP) programs.