Post Qualifying Certificate in Clinical Supervision

The demand for Play Therapy is rapidly growing due to recognition by the government and others that only by looking after the emotional needs of children can they achieve their potential.  There are now several recognised training courses producing Play and Creative Art Therapists who require clinical supervision. However, there is a shortage of suitably trained Supervisors.

Entry Requirements

The course is open to those who have at least 350 hours experience of working with children or adolescents using play and creative art therapy as well as experienced, accredited counsellors and professionals. Participants can come from any theoretical background or clinical setting.

Membership of PTUK/PTI is required to attend this course

Course Content

The course is designed to give an in-depth knowledge and understanding of general supervision principles applicable for clinical practitioners and how to use the creative arts to facilitate this process. The course is largely skill based and aims to:

  • Develop the core skills of supervision
  • Integrate theory with practice
  • Practice supervision skills and receive feedback
  • Provide personal development as a professional and as a human being
  • Acquire the skills to become an effective communicator and manager as a supervisor
  • Explore the therapeutic relationship through sand play and other creative arts

The course programme will include:

  • The process model of supervision
  • Ethical issues
  • Trans cultural issues
  • Expansion of personal creativity
  • Specific skills as a play therapy/creative arts supervisor
  • Skills of individual and group supervision
  • The developmental stages of supervision
  • Live sessions with feed back

The certification process for this course is carried out by PTUK on behalf of APAC and PTI for CPD credits. Once qualified, you will appear on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register under the title of Certified Supervisor of Play and Creative Arts Therapists. It will provide objective evidence of your capabilities for employers, and you will gain a nationally and internationally recognised qualification.

This Course is delivered over seven days with a one-day follow up at a later date for you to present your case study

Venue:                 Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club, Crew

Course fee:          £990.00

Date:                    19th – 25th June 2022


Follow up Day:     17th June 2022

For those who have previously completed the 7 days

The course will run from 09.00 – 17.00

Fee:                       £150.00

Dates and prices are correct at the time of printing but may be subject to change.  Please check with the APAC Office on 01825 761143 before booking.


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Aims Of The Course

The course aims to provide participants already experienced in working with children and adolescents with additional skills and with an internationally recognised qualification. It will:

  • Extend your counselling, therapeutic and practical skills to enable you to carry out clinical supervision
  • Enable you to carry out supervision with individuals and groups
  • Continue to foster critical awareness of your own process and development
  • Prepare you for line management of play and creative therapy projects including liaison with relevant agencies
  • Give you an understanding of the relevant theory

Tuition Methods

Participants will learn through working with other students enrolled onto the course about the roles and responsibilities of the supervisory relationship.  The course is to a large extent skill based including presentations on ethics, transcultural issues and the philosophy of supervision. Learning will be experiential and collaborative using pair, group work, role-play and case presentations. Reading assignments to be completed at the end of the training will provide new information and consolidation of material from the experiential work undertaken during the course.


In order to successfully complete this course, you will need to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Completion of a process diary
  • Continuous evaluation of coursework and ability to work with group dynamics
  • Post training viva demonstrating your understanding of the course content and its integration into your own practice
  • Evidence of regular supervision
  • Evidence of 60 hours working with supervisees; 5 hours should be group supervision
  • A taped extract from a supervision session, transcribed and annotated to explain the reasons for your interventions
  • A 2500-word case study and three book reviews
  • A personal statement on your philosophy of supervision
  • Satisfactory attendance to the course

Students are given 18 months to complete all elements of the Programme