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.

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.

I found the training and ability to think with the group very rewarding and useful for my own development. The ability to both discuss a paper and a supervision presentation felt like a helpful format to generate thinking.

Very interesting and helpful selection of reading for the groups, really good collaborative atmosphere, I have learnt a lot.

I found the facilitator Hilary very supportive and interested in our supervisory roles and she encouraged everyone to feel able to contribute.

I enjoyed that the group was well planned and well facilitated which lead to thoughtful and helpful discussions.

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 10.00am - 12.30pm on the following dates:

  • Autumn Term 2022: 

30 September, 21 October, 11 November, 2 December 2022

  • Spring Term 2023:

6 January, 3 February, 3 March, 31 March, 28 April 2023

  • Summer Term 2023:

26 May 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:

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Admission status:
September 2022 to May 2023

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