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This course provides essential theoretical and skills training for those responsible for the supervision of practitioners across community settings.


This course has been designed to offer those in the community and voluntary sector supervision and practice assessment training for use with students/staff. Participants may use this course as part of their post-qualifying development and may use the credits against other University awards. Participants will be expected to be involved with a supervisee for 8 to 10 weeks. Participants will offer supervision, supported by a University programme of study that allows for critical reflection and analysis of styles. The course will offer an opportunity to reflect on a range of approaches and models in supervision. Content and assessment will include reflective journalling and evidence based practice emanating from the interaction with the supervisee.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development

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If you are responsible for the supervision of practitioners, across a range of community, youth and therapeutic settings, this course provides essential theoretical and skills training. The course is designed to meet the supervisory training needs relevant to a number of disciplines, including Community Youth Work, Community Development, Counselling and other helping services.

The course will examine definitions of supervision, the supervisory relationship in practice, theoretical underpinning and ethical considerations involved in supervising practice. It will examine models and consider the implications for practice in settings that are relevant to participants. The course will offer comprehensive understanding of supervision skills and functions and their application in developing staff and quality practice.

The aims of the course are to:

  • Develop knowledge and skills in supervision and practice assessment.
  • Examine a range of contemporary supervisory models.
  • Develop the understanding of restorative processes and models of supervision.
  • Heighten the awareness of the importance of supervision in practice settings.
  • Understand the concept of supervisory styles.
  • Develop an understanding of the role of assessment in professional development and training in helping and therapeutic settings and across a range of sectors.
  • Develop understanding of different forms of supervision.
  • Map and practice core supervisory skills that will enable supervisors to deal with complex issues leading to sound judgments.

Linked programmes

PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development,


100% Coursework - Written critical analysis (1500 words) of the participant's 'live' supervision period supervising a student or member of staff. The supervision will include minutes of meetings, the focus of the supervisory sessions, i.e. dealing with youth work competencies; a journal or diary of relevant issues relating to the role of the supervisor; comments and issues dealt with by the supervisee and noted as professional development; issues discussed with the University tutor and included in the supervision encounter; evidence of self-awareness by the practice teacher to illustrate their development as a competent practice teacher. Participants will be expected to draw on their relationship with the supervisee for this report and may ask them for feedback that can be attached.


Three full days from 10am to 3.30pm as follows:

Tuesday 3 July 2018

Tuesday 28 August 2018

December 2018 (Date to be agreed)

Please note all dates are subject to confirmation and may change.

Entry requirements

Degree in Community Youth Work or in relevant subject area (e.g. psychology, health, social sciences) or other relevant professional qualification (nursing, social work, counselling, teaching) and relevant practice experience. Other professional qualifications may be accepted. Please contact us for more information.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept -

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at

Start dates

  • 3 July 2018
How to apply


How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure: (choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 3 July 2018

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