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Post-Qualification Certificate in Supervision

Course dates

Term One, 13 January 2022 - 24 March 2022
Term Two, 28 April 2022 - 7 July 2022

Programme Manager

Stephen Crawford


WPF Therapy Limited, 23 Magdalen Street, London SE1 2EN


2022: £3,050
Selection Fee: £60
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Next Intake – January 2022

This course is offered online on Thursday mornings.

WPF Therapy was one of the first training organisations to develop a supervision training in 1985. Over the years it has developed its unique training in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic supervision in which theoretical understanding and clinical practice are linked.

This qualification is offered to experienced psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapists and counsellors who wish to train as supervisors of one to one psychotherapy or counselling. Applicants may also be integrative trained counsellors and psychotherapists who work psychodynamically and are interested in developing skills as a supervisor from a psychodynamic perspective. It is a two term, part-time post qualification certificate.

Who is this course for?

Applicants are required to be at least 3 years post-qualification with at least 500 hours of clinical practice (some of which may have been completed during training). This course is open to psychodynamically trained counsellors and psychotherapists and integrative trained counsellors and psychotherapists who work psychodynamically.

When and where does it take place?

This course takes place on Thursday mornings online (Microsoft Teams or Zoom depending on group size) from 9.30am – 12.40pm.  There will be no in building attendance for this course.  Applicants must have good broadband access, a private place for attending sessions, and technological competence to engage online.

There is a seminar and a supervision of supervision group which take place over two terms of ten weeks (i.e. 20 sessions).  Applicants will require a supervision placement and will need to complete 20 hours of logged counselling supervision for award of the Certificate.

Supervision of Supervision

WPF Therapy does not hold clinical responsibility for supervision work presented in supervision of supervision.

Presentation and participation in the supervision of supervision group is a central part of the course and course participants are required to supervise and present a minimum of two individual supervisees, or one group, for 20 hours of supervisory practice during the course. The supervision of supervision is from a psychodynamic perspective.  The work supervised and presented must be work with psychotherapists/counsellors treating individual adult patients, over the age of 18 years, and working within a psychodynamic, integrative or humanistic frame. We recommend that at least one supervisee is seeing an open ended client.  The supervision should normally take place in face to face meetings, at least fortnightly, although weekly is recommended. Supervising colleagues, friends or others with whom professional boundaries would be compromised is not appropriate.


 For award of the Certificate:

  • A minimum of 80% attendance at 20 seminars and 20 supervision groups (i.e. 60 hours contact time).
  • Self-assessment and assessment by the supervisor of supervision. Informal peer assessment.
  • 3000 word essay demonstrating an understanding of the theory and practice of supervision from a psychodynamic perspective.
  • Minimum 20 hours of logged counselling/psychotherapy supervision practice.
  • Completion of a reflective journal is recommended but not assessed.

How much does it cost?

£3,050 (Non-refundable registration fee of £100 plus two termly payments of £1,475).  You will be invited to an interview with the Programme Manager.  Interviews take place on Microsoft Teams.  You will need to pay a Selection Fee of £60 by bank transfer prior to the interview.

Please note that if you are required to attend additional supervision of supervision after the two terms in order to successfully complete the course there will be an additional fee due.  This can sometimes be required if you have not met the requisite hours or if it is decided that you need more time to develop your supervision skills before award of the Certificate.  A  fee will also be charged if you are asked to rewrite and resubmit your essay.

What will be covered?

 Course Outline will include – amongst other areas (in line with BACP Guidelines) 

  • The supervisor in context
  • Building the supervisory relationship
  • Assessment in supervision
  • Basic Concepts in Supervision – Contracts, Boundaries & Money
  • Unconscious Processes and the Supervisory Triangle
  • Transference, Countertransference and the Reflection Process
  • Group Dynamics in Supervision
  • Defences and Resistances in Supervision
  • The Supervisory Frame
  • The Internal Supervisor

 Entry Requirements

 Applicants must: 

  • be experienced psychodynamic counsellors who have completed a Diploma in Counselling through a BACP Accredited Training or have a Diploma in Counselling and are eligible for BACP Accreditation qualified in individual work.
  • or be psychotherapists eligible for registration by UKCP (CPJA Section) or BPC qualified in individual work.
  • or be Integrative Practitioners or Counselling Psychologists with a strong psychodynamic strand qualified in individual work and holding appropriate professional registrations (UKCP, BACP).
  • will normally have had a minimum of 2 years psychodynamic or psychoanalytic therapy with a psychotherapist registered with BPC or UKCP (CPJA Section).
  • be providing, or be in a position to provide, supervision to a level appropriate to their qualification for more than one counsellor or psychotherapist, either individually or in a group.

Please note all applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English. These are the qualifications in English regarded by WPF as an acceptable minimum level of competence:

  • GCSE grade C
  • Cambridge Proficiency Certificate grade C
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate grade C (with no less than ‘weak’ in any band)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills (English) with a pass grade (Not for Primary Education).
  • Key Skills Level 2 in Communication with a pass grade (Not for Primary Education).
  • British Council IELTS at 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band (see

WPF Therapy may require proof prior to the offer of a place.

Applicants should submit:

  • an initial application form
  • a Curriculum Vitae, including details of their training as a psychotherapist or counsellor, their experience of personal therapy, and their current professional registrations
  • a statement giving details of their previous and present experience of providing supervision to counsellors or psychotherapists
  • a statement giving reasons for applying at this time for training in supervision
  • information on your proposed placement/supervision practice for the course
  • Reference from a supervisor

Selection will be based on an online interview.

The selection process cost is £60 which is non-returnable.


Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2020-2021

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the series detailing their relevant hours, for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Course dates

11 session course
Session 1: The development of the mind and the inner world: primitive mechanisms, 25 September 2020
Session 2: The development of the mind and the inner world: separation and integration, 30 October 2020
Session 3:Pathological organisations of the personality, 27 November 2020
Session 4: The development of the capacity to think, 18 December 2020
Session 5: The facts of life and the Oedipal triangle , 29 January 2021
Session 6:The central importance of transference/countertransference , 26 February 2021
Session 7:Envy and the death instinct, 26 March 2021
Session 8:The blocking of insight, learning and growth, 30 April 2021
Session 9:Sexuality, 28 May 2021
Session 10: Difference, 25 June 2021
Session 11:What is distinctive about Kleinian work?, 23 July 2021
Time 7pm - 8.30pm
Delivered online via Zoom

Study group leader

David Smart


Online from WPF Therapy


10 sessions in total: £275
Per individual session: £25
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This study group will be delivered via Zoom online.

How could Kleinian perspectives help you in your practice? Perhaps you’ve looked at the work of people like Hanna Segal, Wilfred Bion, Betty Joseph, John Steiner and Ron Britton in training. Coming back to these with greater clinical experience allows you to explore what they offer in more depth – to get hold of connections and understand better what goes on in and beyond the consulting room.

This study group is concerned with developments in Kleinian theory and practice over the past seventy years – what has remained central, what has been discarded, what has become better understood and what is contentious today. It is designed to work at different levels, offering food for thought to those unfamiliar with psychoanalytic thinking as well as to those who wish to extend and enrich their understanding and use of Kleinian approaches.

The group has been popular and successful in previous years and is generally fully subscribed. The 2020-2021 course will be entirely online, allowing those who live outside London to take part.

2021 marks the centenary of Melanie Klein’s first psychoanalytic publication, ‘The development of a child’, in which she argued for the liberating effect of responding honestly to children’s questions. Since then, Klein and her associates have played a major role in the development of psychoanalytic thinking and practice. Much that was once considered innovative and controversial in her approach has been taken up by those with reservations about her basic tenets. Lively debate continues among those more sympathetic to Kleinian ways of seeing and working.

It is possible to attend individual sessions, but there is much to be gained by revisiting material that may seem familiar and through involvement in an ongoing process. In previous years there has been a lively dynamism in the group. Members have found a space to share impressions, responses, puzzlement, realisations and insights, with an emphasis on clinical issues.

The readings include earlier and later practitioners, clinical and theoretical considerations. We refer back to Freud and Klein as we consider how thinking and technique have developed, aiming to replicate the analytic cycle of learning and working-through. Detailed notes are provided to help contextualise the readings and support engagement with them.

By participating in this study group, you can expect to gain:

  1. A deeper understanding of projective and identificatory processes in work with clients.
  2. A broader conception of how internal and external worlds interact and affect each other.
  3. Greater clarity about where you stand in relation to key theoretical and ethical issues.
  4. An overview of what the Kleinian tradition has contributed to British Object Relations.

There will be a different paper for each session. The programme centres on readings from key figures in the Kleinian tradition – Freud, Segal, Rosenfeld, Bion, Money-Kyrle, Meltzer, Joseph, Steiner, Britton. We will think about the issues raised in the readings in relation to participants’ clinical experiences and dilemmas.

Comments from Previous Participants

  • “This once monthly format is really good value, as I have learnt so much more compared to the equivalent amount of hours in an average 2 days CPD course.”
  • “I’m finding the papers enriching whilst at the same time challenging as well as questions and views raised by the group.  This is good as its stirring me up out of lazy thinking.  I have found the relevance/benefit of theories has been demonstrated in the group on several occasions and also it’s helping me with often confusing work.”
  • “Linking the reading to our clinical work is most valuable.”
  • “The things I found most useful and enjoyable were the readings suggested, the session notes sent in advance and the clinical examples in the sessions.”

Course Reading

Detailed reading lists will be sent on booking. WPF gives participants electronic access to texts.

David Smart’s first career was in multi-disciplinary work in mainstream educational and off-site settings with secondary-age pupils experiencing difficulties. He trained with WPF Therapy to practice as a school counsellor and work privately as a psychotherapist with adults. He is committed to collaborative learning and understands development as a life-long, spiral process. Publications include “Play’ in practice in psychotherapy and education’, European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, Volume 10, Issue 2, 2008, pp. 147 – 158 (with L. Gomez).

This course will be relevant to practising counsellors/psychotherapists and trainees engaged in clinical work and to those engaged in academic study in the field. There will be a focus on working with the ideas and issues clinically. Priority will be given to applicants who can attend the whole course.

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Certificate in Clinical Assessment Skills

Participants must complete all 3 days of the course to receive a Certificate for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Course dates

Day 1, 13 February 2021
Day 2, 20 February 2021
Day 3, 13 March 2021
Time: 10am – 4pm

Course Leader

Cate Lyon


Online from WPF Therapy


Qualified Practitioners: £450
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £400
WPF Therapy Trainees: £350
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This course will take place online, via Zoom.

The psychodynamic assessment can be “one of the most momentous days of [a client’s] life.” (Coltart 1986).

The first meeting between assessor and client can be highly charged. The skilled assessor must quickly engage the client in a complex and emotional encounter which may surprise, disturb or disarm. The quality of the assessment meeting and the skill of the assessor form a crucial part of the process of beginning and its emotional impact often resonates well beyond the encounter itself.

Sound assessment skills are crucial to effective clinical practice. However, professional trainings can often give insufficient time and focus to developing understanding of the assessment process.

The aim of this course is to understand the importance of the assessment as essential to good beginnings, to gain an overview of some theory and practice of clinical assessment and an understanding of the emotional impact of the assessment encounter, and its transference implications, to develop skills in assessment interview technique, facilitating brevity and depth, psychodynamic formulation and approaching the assessment report.

Day 1: Introducing Assessment: Saturday, 13th February 2021

This day will introduce some key clinical concepts and attitudes for sound psychodynamic assessment. Participants will consider the impact and influence of the assessment encounter and a range of assessment skills including the conduct of the psychodynamic assessment interview, the maintenance of an evaluative/therapeutic balance, making a recommendation and considering limits. All content will be considered in terms of providing formal clinical assessment in organisational settings and in private practice.

Day 2: Assessment – Essential Skills: Saturday, 20th February 2021

This day will build on learning and skills from Day 1. Participants will explore a range of assessment techniques including approaches to initial contact, risk assessment and management, psychodynamic formulation skills and writing the assessment report. All practice will be considered in terms of providing formal clinical assessment in organisational settings and in private practice.

Day 3: Live Assessment Supervision: Saturday, 13th March 2021

Participants on this day will engage in a live supervision of clinical assessments presented by course participants who have volunteered to conduct an assessment following Day 2. This day will consolidate learning from Days 1 and 2 and enables both presenters and participants to engage fully in the assessment process through live supervisory discussion.

Please note: Those wishing to volunteer to present an assessment on Day 3 should ensure they are in a position to do so and have secured permission from their organisations where necessary. Assessments can only be conducted at WPF Therapy Clinic by participants who are currently WPF Honorary Assessors and with the prior agreement of their supervisor

Comments from previous participants:

  • “The pace and sensitive attention to detail at each level of the assessment process felt just right.”
  • “Invaluable information for both experienced and inexperienced assessors.”
  • “Cate communicated a sense of pleasure in carrying out assessments. I enjoyed her relaxed but erudite style.” 
  • “The course was very well balanced – theory, insight, practicalities.”

Course Leader
Cate Lyon is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist trained at WPF Therapy. Cate is Counselling Lead in NHS Primary Care (IAPT). She has a specialist interest in brief therapeutic encounters, working at pace and depth. Cate practices and supervises in Private Practice. Cate teaches and trains extensively in the field and consults in these roles in a range of public and private organisations.

Course requirements

The course will be helpful to qualified and training counsellors and psychotherapists who are interested in developing their understanding and technique in clinical assessment. This course is psychodynamic in orientation although practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend. You must be currently engaged in clinical work in order to be eligible to attend this course. This is a course which focuses on being able to practice conducting an assessment and ideally, you should be in a position to carry out assessments in your work. Participants who volunteer to conduct and present an assessment for Day 3 must be qualified practitioners or in supervised honorary placements with permission to conduct an assessment. We will need volunteers to present on Day 3. If you are interested in volunteering to present please indicate your availability to do so and ensure that you can make arrangements to conduct an assessment.

Please Note:
Those wishing to volunteer to present an assessment on Day 3 should ensure they are in a position to do so and have secured permission from their organisations where necessary. Assessments can only be conducted at WPF Therapy Clinic by participants who are currently WPF Honorary Assessors and with the prior agreement of their supervisor.

Participants must complete all 3 days of the course to receive a Certificate for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 4th February 2021.

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