The task of supervision for child psychotherapists

Course overview

This course is for qualified child and adolescent psychotherapists who are responsible for supervision in their CAMHS service or in education, social care or the voluntary sector.

We are pleased to announce that this course will now be offered online through secure video conferencing at the scheduled times below. If you are interested in joining the course but would like to know a bit more about how this might work before signing up, please contact us at

The emphasis in the White Paper on Early Years provision, forensic CAMHS, IAPT in CAMHS suggests that there is a need to increase the provision of supervision. Child psychotherapists are often requested to offer supervision of 1-1 direct work to other child psychotherapists and CAMHS and other professionals. This course provides an opportunity to further develop supervisory skills and competencies.

The course aims to look at some of the literature on supervision and to use presentations given in turn by the participants to draw out some of the issues which arise in supervision. A further aim is to develop a reflective, non-judgmental atmosphere in which to think about the meaning of the setting, the clinical material and to enable the clinician to feel supported in developing an understanding of their work and technical issues.

  • Greater clarity about role, task and responsibilities of the supervisor and supervisee and other stakeholders within different kinds of supervision

  • Increased confidence in supervision task- following material, and technical issues

  • Extension in understanding of the interpersonal and projective processes which impact on the transference and countertransference in clinical work and the dynamics of supervision

  • Extension of reflective skills

  • Increased knowledge and learning through reading and discussing literature on supervision

This course is for qualified child and adolescent psychotherapists who are responsible for supervision in their CAMHS service or in education, social care or the voluntary sector.

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 on Friday mornings from 10.00am to 12.15pm on the following dates:

2 October 2020, 6 November 2020, 20 November 2020, 11 December 2020

15 January 2021, 12 February 2021, 12 March 2021, 30 April 2021, 21 May 2021, 18 June 2021


To apply please click on 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:

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Course length:
10 months
Admission status:
October 2020 to June 2021

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