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Supervision Training

The Terapia Diploma in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapy and Counselling Supervision is approved by UKCP.  It is open to practitioners with experience in therapeutic work with clients from all age groups and particularly those with interest in child and adolescent work. The 2024/25 course will be delivered over eight weekends and is scheduled to start on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October 2024, the last weekend will be Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 June 2025.

The course is unique in that it combines process and developmental theories of supervision with models adapted from play therapy, attachment theory and neuroscience. It is a generic training that is applicable to those working with children, adolescents and adults. Some of the modules are focused on supervisors who work with adolescents and children and will focus exclusively on the developmental challenges and ethical dilemmas of these younger age groups. All the learning on the course is through the group processing theory via a range of experiential methods and creative techniques.

We welcome qualified psychotherapists, counsellors and members of caring professions: psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and coaches.  A brochure is available via this website or email [email protected].

The 2024/25 course will be delivered on the following eight weekends: 12/13 October, 09/10 November, 14/15 December, 18/19 January 2025, 01/02 March, 29/30 March, 10/11 May, 07/08 June.




Theoretical and experiential training:

  • Theories of supervision – theoretical underpinnings of process, social roles and developmental models as applied in-group and individual supervision;
  • Theories of supervision as adapted from play therapy, attachment theory and neuroscience;
  • Use of experiential methods to understand how theories relate to supervisory practice;
  • Use of creative materials in supervision: sand tray, symbols, art materials as supervision tools for child psychotherapists;
  • Assessment methods in working with children and young people;
  • Ethical dilemmas in psychotherapeutic work with vulnerable client groups such as children, adolescents;
  • Boundaries and line management issues in counselling and psychotherapy supervision;
  • Child psychotherapists in court – court appearances and court reports;
  • Current legislation relating to therapeutic work with children and young people;
  • Safeguarding children/child protection issues;
  • Tape and video recording in child psychotherapy;
  • Working with difference; and
  • Live supervision.

Course Dates 2024/25

Starting at the end of September 2024 and running until June 2025, the training will be delivered over eight weekends, at the Terapia Centre in Finchley, North West London (dates coming shortly).

We welcome candidates from all over the country and abroad, are still accepting applications for the few remaining spaces left on this course.

Training Requirements

  • 100% attendance of the course;
  • A minimum of 25 hours of supervisory practice with individual supervisees who work with children, young people or adults;
  • 25 hours of group supervision conducted with supervisees who work with children, young people or adults;
  • Submission of one essay of six thousand words showing integration of theories and techniques and how these are applied to case material;
  • Submission of one tape of individual supervision session;
  • Evidence of reflection on supervision by keeping a journal throughout the course;
  • The theoretical training is conducted in parallel with the experiential training. There is live supervision with peer assessment and tutors’ assessment.

Candidates need to fulfil the following entry requirements:

  • Previous training in a field related to psychotherapy, counselling psychology, psychiatry, coaching or social work;
  • Above training was taken at the minimum of Diploma level;
  • Minimum of three years of post-qualifying experience equivalent to 800 practice hours;
  • Ability to undergo training at a postgraduate level of competence;
  • Evidence of experience of professional involvement with children or adolescents in a caring capacity;
  • Evidence of sufficient practice of supervision or:
  • Ability to take up supervisory practice with groups and individual supervisees – a minimum of 1 group or 2 individual supervisees required at the beginning of course; and
  • Clear Enhanced DBS Check.

Graduates may be considered for the position of supervisor in various professional settings, as suggested by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

The Course will also qualify the graduates to apply for registration as an Accredited Supervisor with BACP and UKCP (for UKCP you must already be registered with UKCP).

The course also complies with British Association for Play Therapists (BAPT) for individual and group supervision training.

Ruth Appleby Alis

BSc, MA Integrative Child Psych, Sup Dip, UKCP

Core Tutor

Alix Hearn

Core Tutor


Course Fees 2024/25
Diploma in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapy and Counselling Supervision

Terapia is a Registered Charity (Charity Number 1144041) and does not profit from course fees. Fees include all charges for tutorials, art materials and assessment of written assignments.

When applying, please note an £80 application fee is required, which is payable at the point of when an application form is submitted. This fee covers the interview and some of the administrative and staffing costs associated with the processing procedure.  An initial, non-refundable deposit of £550 is required to secure your place on this course and that is deducted from your fees. Students who opt to pay their fees in full before the start of the academic year will receive a discount of £60, however students may choose to pay fees in monthly or termly instalments.

Fees: £3,250, minus deposit of £550 already paid, equals £2,700 payable in installments.  Ten monthly instalments of £270, or three installments by term £900, or one payment, at the start of the course: £2,640 which includes a £60 discount.

In the event of student’s change of personal circumstances resulting in difficulty in meeting financial obligation they should contact the Clinical Director as soon as possible so that a mutually appropriate solution can be sought. Late fees will incur interest. If a student decides to withdraw from the training part way through the year, the full fees for that year are payable. If a student has been asked to withdraw from the training the fees payable are up to and including that term.

Students who have completed the training but have not submitted their course work and have not completed all course requirements will be charged an annual administration fee until they fully graduate.


Students who currently work with children or young people may choose to approach their employer to fund or part-fund the training, particularly if the skills acquired will directly contribute to their current job. Terapia will assist and support students wishing to make such applications.

International students can contact The British Council at for information on grants and scholarships.


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