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PGCert in Supervision of Applied Psychological Practice

About the course

The PGCert in Supervision of Applied Psychological Practice is a one year, part-time course, providing comprehensive, high quality training in the key skills required to be an effective supervisor. 

This is an innovative, inter-disciplinary course run by the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training (OXiCPT) and validated as an University of Oxford award under a Memorandum of Agreement on the quality assurance of provision between the University and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust for OXiCPT.

The course provides high quality training in the key skills required to be an effective supervisor, drawing on a range of models, theory and research, with a particular emphasis on the supervisory relationship. It is relevant for qualified practitioners working in a range of settings, including health, education, social care and organisational contexts and who use psychological principles in their work.

The course runs from October to September. The course team are experienced trainers, supervisors and researchers in this field, committed to providing a supportive environment for participants’ learning. Teaching usually takes place monthly on a Wednesday from 9.15-4.30 at the Isis Education Centre, Warneford Hospital, Oxford. At the beginning of the course (in both October and November) there will be a two day teaching block (Tuesday and Wednesday). Teaching consists of a combination of lectures, small group work with opportunities to reflect on experience and practice skills, and a Supervision of Supervision (SoS) group (a small group facilitated by one of the course tutors, with the aim of sharing supervision practice, and implementing supervision skills in a peer group context).

Regular formative assessment of student knowledge and skills forms part of the monthly Supervision of Supervision (SoS) group (facilitated by programme staff) with a maximum of five students. In advance of the summative assessments, students will be required to submit a 1000 word critique of a therapy model of supervision, which they will present in a tutorial session on the afternoon of day five of the course. Students will also be required to submit a recording of supervision and a self-assessment of their skills for formative assessment on day six of the course.

Summative assessments on the course are as follows:

  • A 4,000 word essay submitted in March;
  • Recording of supervision, critical commentary and supervisory relationship measure submitted in July;
  • Reflective journal of supervision practice and record of supervision submitted at the end of the course.

Graduate destinations

Students are usually already employed whilst studying on this course. The course aims to improve professional practice skills in the workplace and provide an attractive addition to students' CVs for future employers.

Changes to the course

The Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training (OXiCPT) will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page and the course information provided on the OXiCPT website. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for OXiCPT to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please contact the course administrator (angela.fox@hmc.ox.ac.uk).

Entry requirements for entry in 2018-19

The entry requirements for this course are detailed in the 'further information' document which can be downloaded from the course page on the department's website

Resources

All teaching takes place at the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training at the Isis Education Centre, Warneford Hospital, Headington. There are designated teaching rooms and a small library with a quiet study area available at the Isis Education Centre, with access to WiFi. There is a cafe on the Warneford Hospital site and a common room available for students at the Isis Education Centre. There is a pay and display parking available on site, and the area is well connected by public transport. Students also have access to resources available from the University library services, particularly the Radcliffe Science Library and SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online). Students also have access to WebLearn, the University's virtual learning environment in which they can access teaching and learning resources from the course. Students are usually from different areas of the country, and travel in to Oxford monthly for teaching. Details of local accommodation are provided for those wishing to stay overnight and students are encouraged to maintain contact with each other outside of the monthly teaching commitments.  

Funding and costs

Fees and charges for this course are not set by the University of Oxford, but by the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training (OXiCPT). For full details, as well as for information on funding opportunities for this course, please contact the course administrator (angela.fox@hmc.ox.ac.uk).

Colleges

This is a non-matriculated course and students studying non-matriculated courses do not become members of an Oxford college. More information about matriculated and non-matriculated courses can be found on the Matriculation page.

How to apply

Admission to this course is administered by the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training (OXiCPT). To apply and for further details about the course, its requirement and deadline(s), you are advised to read the detailed course information provided on the department's website.

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