Professional development course for child psychotherapist service supervisors

Course overview

This course is for qualified child and adolescent psychotherapists, usually band 8a or above, who are responsible for the work of a child psychotherapist in doctoral training in their service.

There is an Association of Child Psychotherapists requirement for child psychotherapists who act as Service Supervisors to undertake training on the many aspects of this complex role.

This includes provision of both management and clinical supervision for the trainee; working with the CAMHS team to support the trainee and in identifying and allocating suitable training cases. The role also involves overseeing the trainee’s professional correspondence, record keeping, outcome returns and professional development and liaison with the training school and the trainee’s personal tutor at the training school.

The course also looks at some of the published literature on supervision and service supervision. Each member of the group is asked to make one or two presentations of a service supervision, which often involves the discussion of case management and other issues as well as the clinical supervision of a case in treatment. Such a written presentation enables the participants to draw out and consider some of the issues which arise in service supervision and to consider the essential aspects of role and primary task.

You will leave this course with:

  • a greater clarity about the role, tasks and responsibilities of the service supervisor
  • an increased confidence in taking on the role of service supervisor and an understanding of its complexity
  • an extended understanding of the interpersonal and projective processes which impact on the experience and effectiveness of service supervision where the task involves management, supervision, clinical co-working and links with the trainee’s training school
  • reflective skills in addressing the issues and dynamics of service supervision and clinical case supervision
  • an increased knowledge of the literature on supervision

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom. This is very easy and safe to use regardless of your level of IT skill.
You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link ( to check your set up before booking.
You will be sent joining instructions including all the necessary login links, passwords and guidance on how to use the relevant functionality about a week before the course start date.

Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at to discuss how we can best help you.

The course will run from 9.30am - 11.30am on the following dates:

  • Autumn Term 2022: 

12 October, 9 November, 7 December 2022

  • Spring Term 2023:

11 January, 8 February, 8 March, 26 April 2023

  • Summer Term 2023:

17 May, 14 June, 12 July 2023


To book a place please use the green 'Apply' button on the left of your screen.

Included in your course fee, you will receive online membership of the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course. Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection, plus reference access to all our print books. 

Our Information Skills Trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you navigate our comprehensive electronic collections. PCs and photocopiers are also available for your use (charges apply for printing and copying).

Library staff curate various online resources, such as Audio/Video Playlists, and regularly share helpful news and research on Twitter and Facebook. Find out more on the Library website:

Certificate of attendance
Course length:
10 months
The Tavistock Centre, London
Admission status:
October 2022 to July 2023
Course lead:
Kate Robertson

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