PGCert Clinical Supervision of Psychological Therapies Practice

Duration Part time 9 months
  • Psychology
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date October


Within mental health and social care settings it is becoming increasingly recognised that clinical supervision plays a fundamental role in improving clinical outcomes, supporting practitioners and ensuring safe and efficient practice. In this Programme you will develop an advanced and critical knowledge of the theory surrounding clinical supervision and mastery of the competencies associated with clinical skills and/or case management supervision. Considerable opportunity for supervision and reflection on your supervisory practice will be afforded to enhance learning and ongoing action planning.  The programme is delivered over a single year. 

This programme aims to update you with the latest research and practice in the clinical supervision of evidence-based psychological therapies. In this programme we aim to detail the knowledge and practice of clinical supervision of evidence-based psychological therapy practice. We aim to provide you with the knowledge and competencies required to supervise practitioners in effective practice. We also aim to provide a supportive learning environment that fosters your academic and personal development.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Teaching consists of tutorials, small group supervision, practice based supervision of supervision placement, and guided indpendent study.

Types of assessments include:

  • reflective supervision report
  • reflective commentary
  • essay
  • supervisor rated competency tape or audio recording
  • and self assessment and supervision practice portfolio. 


This programme is training people already in a career within the NHS or an IAPT service. It will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to develop their competencies and knowledge associated with practice as a Practitioner.

A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development.

Advantages of the programme are that:

  • You will study within a vibrant, stimulating and internationally-recognised research environment, where members of your teaching team have first-hand experience within the clinical setting.
  • Your learning experience will be enriched by nationally-recognised, innovative, clinical teaching approaches, designed to develop you on your terms.

Entry requirements


There are five CYP IAPT learning Collaboratives nationally made up of Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and Training Providers working with local partnerships of health and local authority commissioners and providers from the statutory and third sector. These local partnerships, which in some areas are called CAMHS Partnerships, were already working together to provide targeted and specialist (Tier 2 and 3) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

The five collaboratives and their associated HEIs are:

  • London and the South East (HEI: University College London and Kings College London)
  • Oxford /Reading (HEI: Reading University)
  • North West (HEI: Greater Manchester West Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Training Centre)
  • North East, Yorkshire and Humber (HEI: Northumbria University)
  • South West (HEI: Exeter University)

Applications to the CYP IAPT National Team of new partners (services) must be made by the CAMHS Partnership of commissioners and providers working in a discrete and defined borough based local area. The programme is particularly keen to encourage participation by the voluntary sector in the training and service development within partnerships. Local area partnerships which seek to join the existing collaboratives must include as a minimum the health commissioner, the local authority commissioner and the NHS CAMHS provider. Those partners that are shortlisted will then be offered and interview with the learning collaborative.

If partners are successful in being able to join a collaborative, they will then be asked to submit application forms for individual staff members that they wish to be entered in to the training programmes (based on the number of training places the National Team have offered them). A shortlisting and interview process with then determine which staff meet the national criteria to commence the training programmes at the University. It is currently not possible for individuals to apply to the CYP IAPT training course if they are not working in one of the selected services.

How to apply

Applications to this programme may only be made through IAPT services recruiting trainees and not directly through the University of Exeter. Posts are typically advertised by IAPT services on NHS jobs websites or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

£5,000 per year


Contact us

Programme administrator:

Sarah Niles
College of Life and Environmental Sciences,
Washington Singer,
Room 001,
Perry Road,

Tel: +44 (0)1392 722459

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This programme is delivered by Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR): an applied psychological practice centre of excellence, focussed on training the new psychological therapies workforce of the future.