What will this course qualify me for?

The PG Cert in supervising evidence-based psychological therapies will help experienced staff in supervisory positions to incorporate CYP IAPT principles and practices into their clinical supervision, and provide a depth of understanding for supervision within the CYP IAPT interventions. This helps to prevent therapeutic drift and helps to maintain the effectiveness of the CYP IAPT evidence-based interventions.

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is suitable for experienced staff with significant experience of working with children, young people and families’ mental health within a supervisory capacity. Candidates will be expected to have postgraduate professional training or equivalent professional experience in the area in which they are supervising (CBT, Systemic family practice, parenting, 0-5s, counselling).

Candidates will also be expected to have a minimum of two years’ post qualification supervisory experience, and a minimum of four years experience in Children and Young People’s mental health.

CBT supervisors must have either provisional or full therapist accreditation with BABCP on application to the course

Parenting supervisors are required to be accredited with BABCP, so will need to have completed the BABCP’s core profession pathway/KSA or have a core profession and be eligible to apply for accreditation as a parenting practitioner.

SFP supervisors must have full family therapist accreditation with AFT. Supervisors must be AFT registered Systemic Supervisors or for those who meet the competencies required for registration, eligible for registration. (AFT will provide processes for achieving registration through an Apel route.)

ASD/LD supervisors require experience of working with autism and learning disabilities, including a good understanding of assessment and diagnosis. They should have experience of recommended interventions for this group, ideally including adapting CBT and intervention for behaviour that challenges.

In areas with limited resource of registered Systemic Supervisors, supervisors would need to have completed a qualifying training in Systemic Family Therapy, have a minimum of 3 years post qualifying experience, have gained previous experience of supervising systemic practice within a CAMHS setting and must make a commitment (which is to be supported in writing by the service) to start an AFT accredited or equivalent systemic supervision course within 2 years.

What is the time commitment?

Staff in training across the supervisory programmes will spend 16 days at the University of Exeter, with further time in service to provide clinical supervision and – for CWPs – case management supervision. In addition to this, staff in training will also require additional study time.

What support is needed by the service?

Services should allow approximately 1.5 (2 for SFP due to live supervision) days per week for training, based on the supervision of 4 supervisees. Staff in training will also need access to video recording equipment to record supervision sessions for university assessment.

How will this benefit the service?

It is essential that all CYP IAPT practitioners in training have access to supervisors and supervision that supports fidelity to the evidence-based models that they are being trained in. Developing supervisory staff within these models helps to ensure that evidence-based CYP IAPT principles and practices are maintained and sustainable, promoting whole service development and continued quality of service provision. It is a pre-requisite of all expressions of interest for staff in CYP IAPT therapy training, that candidates have sufficient access to supervisors within that modality. Supporting supervisory staff development ensures this access and reduces the need to outsource supervision requirements.

How do I apply?

For further information, please contact us directly or email the programme lead Libby Rogers at this link.