PGCert in supervision for Children and Young People’s Services (CBT/PT/EMHP/CWP)

This course follows the National Curriculum for Supervisor training (Children and Young People’s Mental Health setting) and provides the training needed to qualify as a supervisor, to trainee and qualified CWPs and EMHPs and/or trainee and qualified CBT and therapists.

Supervisors provide clinical supervision in Children and Young People’s Mental Health settings (CYP MH) to trainees and practitioners working with low- and high-intensity interventions for common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety disorders.

Employment is generally by the NHS for the duration of training, plus potentially further employment post-qualification.

You will develop your skills with a mixture of role-play and skills practice teaching, as well as clinical supervision work undertaken in the CYP MH setting.

What Can I Expect from the Course?

The course runs over the course of one calendar year, and consists of roughly 10 taught University days, 10 University supervision of supervision days, and 8 study days, alongside a placement /working in a CYP MH service.

The course consists of 2 compulsory modules:

  • Supervisor Training for Children and Young People’s Mental Health
  • Supervision of Supervision

You will be taught through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, experiential skills, training workshops, self-directed learning and group supervision of supervision. You will apply and develop the skills you learn in your trainee role within a mental health service.

Across the course, trainees are expected to deliver a minimum of 20 clinical supervision hours with supervisees and receive a minimum of 24 hours of Supervision.

How is the Course Assessed?

The course is assessed through a combination of written and clinical assessments. Written assignments include essays, reflective reports and presentations. Clinical assessments include a recording and self-rating of a supervision session.

At the end of the course, students are expected to demonstrate their learning and development through a portfolio.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for supervisor trainees are:

  • Recognised postgraduate professional training or equivalent professional experience
  • Training and experience in CBT-informed interventions
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in CYP MH is highly advisable
  • A minimum of 2 years’ clinical experience post-qualification is highly advisable
  • Relevant Honours degree graded at 2.2 or above OR successful completion of a pre-entry essay prior to acceptance on the training
  • Access to trainees/trained staff delivering the relevant treatment protocols during and after training
Successful completion of the programme will enable you to work as a qualified supervisor in a mental health service, gaining more responsibility and remuneration.

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How to Apply

The Charlie Waller Institute usually offers two intakes per year – one in February (Low-Intensity supervisors) and one in November (High-Intensity supervisors). The number of places available per cohort is dependent on NHS service funding.

Potential candidates must express interest through their employing NHS services. The University of Reading will review the application and a member of our team will be present on the interview panel.

Further information

For further information on this programme, please contact Lindsay George, Admissions Tutor for Supervisors, at

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