Diploma in Integrative Supervision of Individuals and Groups

This course helps qualified therapists gain new roles and income from supervision, by giving a solid grounding in supervision practice. 

If you would like to start supervising or if you want to deepen your existing supervision work, this course will give you new skills and confidence as a supervisor.
Our Diploma in Integrative Supervision provides a thorough grounding in clinical supervision for talking therapy. The course offers psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, coaches, and those in the helping professions the opportunity to develop therapeutic supervisory skills. This represents primary preparation for supervisor recognition as well as an opportunity for continuing professional development for practising supervisors.
Course participants may already be supervising, be expected to supervise as part of their employment role or may be new to supervision. There is no requirement to be supervising during the course nor to have a supervision placement. This allows those who are considering becoming a supervisor to take the training before offering a supervision service.

The course was initially set up over a decade ago, to meet the needs of supervisors who, in the absence of training courses in supervision and being experienced therapists simply exercised supervision as an extension of their therapeutic skills. However, our view is that the supervisory relationship requires more than therapeutic skills – not every good therapist is necessarily a good supervisor!

The training focuses on core areas of competence for supervisors, which are different from therapeutic skills. The teaching also recognises the consultative and relationally-based aspects of supervision. The course content has evolved over recent years and many leading practitioners in the field have contributed to its current shape.

The course philosophy is integrative – therapists representing a wide range of theoretical orientations are invited to apply. We encourage learning in a multidisciplinary environment where both theoretical differences and similarities are encouraged, where trainees can learn from each other as well as the course tutors. The course covers the skills required for supervising groups as well as individuals.

The course culture is explicitly “high support” and “high challenge”.

Although the qualification does not have an Ofqual-regulated status, we would say that it is taught at the equivalent of Level 6 or Level 7: as a post-qualification training with the requirement to evaluate theoretical concepts and implementation in practice with a significant level of reflective self-assessment.

This course is designed for qualified therapists who are already well-established in their practice. The starting point of the course requires that clinicians have competence in core therapeutic and relational skills. All participants must have qualified as a counsellor, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, or in a related professional field such as social work or education. 

Please see the feedback from previous students on this course, in the testimonials at the bottom of this page.


The Grove Practice is accredited by NCP (National Council for Psychotherapists) as a CPD training centre. As such, all of The Grove’s courses in our suite of training programmes are awarded NCP accreditation for CPD (Continuous Professional Development). This accreditation provides reassurance regarding high standards of teaching and course content which have been recognised within the psychotherapy profession.

This course is recognised as CPD by COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists) for 96 hours of CPD. Recognition of this CPD course gives reassurance about quality standards and appropriateness of this supervision training with relevance to the practice of couple counselling and relationship therapy and psychosexual therapy. Participants who successfully complete this course can use the qualification as evidence of training in supervision, when applying to COSRT for supervisor accreditation.

The Grove’s courses have been successfully recognised as CPD for members of the following membership bodies: UKCP, BACP, COSRT, NCP, NCS, AHPP, BPS, among others. Organisations such as Relate and MIND and Place2B have also supported their therapists in taking training with The Grove. This is a mark of unofficial validation of our courses as worthy of being listed on the CPD logs for these members.

As a benchmark within the profession, therapists who have successfully taken this course have progressed to supervisor accreditation with UKCP, BACP, COSRT and other professional bodies.

As a marker of the course content, The Grove’s supervision course is consistent with the BACP psychotherapy / counselling supervision training curriculum published in 2014, which provides for an in-depth understanding of best practice and competence for supervisors. The Grove understands that BACP intends this as a minimum standard, providing a curriculum framework for training providers to follow. Our view is that the BACP syllabus enables qualified counsellors to acquire the knowledge and skills required to practise as clinical supervisors in a variety of settings, including the supervision of groups as well as supervision for individual supervisees. This statement by The Grove does not imply that BACP has assessed or endorsed our supervision training; rather, our intention here is to show that The Grove has reviewed professional guidelines regarding the content of our supervision course. 

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Key Information

Diploma in Integrative Supervision of Individuals and Groups

Glenn Nicholls, Professor Ernesto Spinelli, Dr. Michael Worrell, Dr. Heather Pryce, Tom Warnecke, Sarah Paton Briggs.

This course is taught by a renowned and highly experienced team of supervision trainers. The intake each Spring is led by Glenn Nicholls as the core tutor, supported by several other tutors on different days. The intake each Autumn is led by Sarah Paton Briggs. Each intake is led by a core tutor, supported by other tutors on selected days. The overall structure and ethos of the course is the same for each intake, although the experience will vary according to the style of each tutor and the participants within the group. 

£2,300 + VAT = £2,760 payable payable in full before the start date or by instalments as long as the total is reached before the final weekend of the course. A limited number of reduced-fee places may be available, dependent on student numbers and applicant circumstances. If you would like to discuss this potential or apply for a reduced-fee place, please contact us.  

A non-refundable deposit of £300 is payable to secure a place on this course. After that, the total remaining payable must be reached by 6 weeks before the final weekend of the training.

The course fee includes all training materials and the CPD-certificate.

If you would like to discuss this potential or apply for a reduced-fee place, please contact us. 

When the training is at a venue: tea, coffee, water, biscuits and fruit are provided. Lunch is not included in the course fee. Shops and cafes are nearby.

To register your interest or request an application form please email [email protected]


This intake is led by Glenn Nicholls, along with other tutors from The Grove’s team.
The course is held at weekends on Saturday and Sunday.

Course dates all in 2021:
10 & 11 April
8 & 9 May
5 & 6 June
3 & 4 July
11 & 12 September
9 & 10 October
6 & 7 November
4 & 5 December

Times each day: 10am – 4:30pm.

This intake will be held on Zoom.To register your interest or to apply please email [email protected]

There is usually an intake in the Spring and Autumn each year.


This intake is led by Sarah Paton Briggs, along with other tutors from The Grove’s team.
The course is held at weekends on Saturday and Sunday.

Course dates:
13 & 14 November 2021
11 & 12 December 2021
22 & 23 January 2022
5 & 6 February 2022
5 & 6 March 2022
23 & 24 April 2022
14 & 15 May 2022
18 & 19 June 2022

Times each day: 10am – 4:30pm.
This intake will be held on Zoom.

To enquire please email [email protected]

To apply please fill in the online application form, making sure you have your professional membership number(s) to hand.This intake will be held on Zoom.

Further Information

Course methodology

The course is designed for counsellors and psychotherapists who are acting as supervisors or who are considering adding supervision to their practice. It is not necessary for participants to be working as supervisors during the course, since opportunities for skills practice and peer review are provided during the course time. That said, many attendees on this course are already supervising in some capacity or setting.

The course consists of theoretical, experiential and supervisory components. The theoretical input encourages critical engagement with the theory and practice of supervision. Assessment is ongoing and aims to ensure that students are able to work with the dynamics and processes of supervision; that there is congruence between the student’s theoretical knowledge and their supervisory practice. Teaching and supervisory methods emphasise the multi-layered, multi-faceted processes of supervision, including the use of one’s own process.

Theory ✓        Experiential components ✓         Skills Practice ✓

Who is this course for?

This course caters for a range of professionals who wish to develop their role as a clinical supervisor: counsellors or psychotherapists, coaches, complementary therapists, coaches, psychologists, managers of clinical teams.

The syllabus covers supervision of individuals as well as supervision of groups,. The course also covers  skills in peer supervision. 

Application criteria

Applicants are expected to be qualified and experienced professionals in a helping profession, who are secure in their mode of practice. This will be covered in the application form. All applicants are expected to:

  • be qualified and experienced in their field,
  • be full members of their professional body (such as but not limited to BACP,  UKCP,  BPS,  AHPP,  NCP,  NCS,  ACC )
  • hold professional liability insurance
  • have supervision arrangements in place for their client work as well as access to support for any supervision practice they undertake during the course.

Learning outcomes for participants:

  • Identify their own needs for supervision and the purpose of supervision;
  • Become aware of the educative, supportive and managerial elements of supervision;
  • Be able to intervene in appropriate ways in supervisory sessions and will be able to focus on the relevant part of the supervisory relationship;
  • Clarity about the importance of establishing and maintaining an ethical framework for practice;
  • Identify a number of supervision models and the characteristics and feature of each;
  • Awareness of philosophical underpinnings of such models and how they compare and contrast with one another;
  • Ability to work with supervision frameworks that outline the focus points of supervision, the bands of supervision and the tasks/roles of supervision;
  • Formulate their own model of supervision and maintain congruence between their theory and practice;
  • Be able to critically evaluate the differences between line management supervision, case and clinical supervision and the ethical dilemmas that can be posed by someone covering two roles;
  • Sensitivity to the impact of their supervisory style and interventions with supervisees;
  • Awareness and critical evaluation of ethical guidelines such as ethical principles and ethical codes and have a good working knowledge of one of these, eg the BACP Code of Ethics and Practice for Supervisors;
  • Be able to work with particular situations so as to be aware of ethical dilemmas and to be able to isolate the ethical issues at stake;
  • Formulate their own model of ethical decision-making and use it practically in their work with supervisees.

The integrative stance of the course is in recognition that there may be a difference in training background or theoretical approach between a supervisor and their supervisee(s), particularly in organisational supervision contexts.

We appreciate the training and approach that course members bring. Onto that foundation we offer the opportunity to build a cohesive integrative way of working as a supervisor.

For those recently appointed as a supervisor in an organizational setting, one of the hardest moves to accomplish is the transition from being a team member to that of team leader or supervisor. Individuals in a supervisory role are no longer on equal terms with their peers and have to earn their respect, show authority and leadership, sometimes making unpopular decisions.

The newly-appointed supervisor often faces the complexities of the supervisory role, but can also take advantage of the possibilities and potential of the role, enabling them to lead by example and so gain the trust and respect of their team. Through this training, those starting to provide supervision will be able to identify themes for supervision, provide constructive feedback and handle delicate situations assertively.

This course attends to skills and considerations particular to supervision as distinct from the provision of therapy.

Supervision requires the development of new skills in order to work with the various aspects and processes of supervision, including both conscious and unconscious dynamics. The training considers the theory that underpins supervisory technique, links theory to practice through supervisory work and develops the ability to be aware of the processes inherent within supervision.

The course is integrative and intentionally multi-modal. It is taught at postgraduate level; course participants are expected to work academically on this basis. This includes the ability to evaluate theoretical concepts and a commitment to reflect critically and open-mindedly on one’s own process, philosophy, theoretical orientation and skills. Discussion in the full group or smaller groups is as important as the tutor-taught components. The experiential process of development encourages participants to learn from one another as well as from the course tutors. The integrative philosophy underpinning this course fosters a multidisciplinary environment where theoretical differences and similarities are creatively valued.

Attention is paid to reflective practice and the educational, restorative and containing power of supervision.  Participants are encouraged to integrate the ideas from the course into a personally coherent model of supervision.
There is also an acknowledgement of organisational contexts for supervision, which can bring additional dimensions for consideration, such as dual roles of clinical and management responsibility, definition of boundaries and confidentiality issues.

The course philosophy aims to establish a learning community in which a working alliance is established which encourages participants to take responsibility for their own learning and to support the learning of other course members.

The following themes will be explored:

  • Definition and philosophy of supervision
  • Process of integrative practice
  • Supervision theory including : Gestalt, TA, CBT, psychoanalytic, transpersonal and systemic models of supervision
  • The supervisor and supervisee relationship
  • Supervision of supervision and monitoring good practice
  • Developmental dynamics and processes of supervision
  • Assessment of supervision competences
  • Supervision of individuals and groups
  • Working with differences and commonalities
  • Power and control issues
  • Parallel process
  • Ending processes
  • Ethical and legal considerations
  • Tensions in the fee-setting and charging process, relevant to the supervisory setting

Students are encouraged to undertake additional reading to complement the taught course components.

During this course you will:

  • explore the practice skills you’ll need to form, maintain and end supervisory relationships;
  • analyse a range of supervisory models from a variety of theoretical backgrounds;
  • develop an advanced understanding of supervisory structures and processes;
  • understand of the approaches you can use to evaluate supervision;
  • develop your ability and knowledge to recognise and work with organisational, ethical, professional and legal influences;
  • reflect on and develop your individual approach to providing supervision.

Students are required to submit one essay of 3,000-3,500 words. The essay requires the student to make an account of their model of supervision, including practical examples and the impact of their learning from the course. The essay is submitted up to 3 months after the end of the taught course.

Students also need to complete satisfactorily a facilitation of a supervision session. This assessed supervisor session will be undertaken at the final weekend during the course time, with another course student in the role of supervisee, using anonymous material from the supevisee’s practice. The assessment will be made by tutors, peer and self.

There will also be continuous assessment by the tutors of the student’s presence in the student group and the ability to integrate the taught material.

Additionally, a minimum of 80% attendance (13 days) is required to complete the course.

The Diploma award will be made on satisfactory completion of the assessment criteria:

  • Ongoing tutor assessment throughout the course.
  • Submission of a 3,000 word essay, describing your philosophy of supervision developed from the training and your own experience of providng or receiving supervision.
  • A 20-minute assessed live skills practice, where each student adopts the role of supervisor to another course member using live yet anonymous case material. This practical session is assessed by tutor and peers.
  • Minimum attendance of 80% at the course modules.
  • Full payment of the course fee.

Diploma award

diplomaribbon_001The Diploma will be awarded on successful completion of all assessment criteria as well as full payment of fees. Otherwise, a certificate of attendance will be given, unless the student completes in their own time and at their own cost a programme of remedial work agreed with the core tutor and a director of The Grove Practice.

Professional standards

This training qualifies students in individual or group supervision and fulfils the training criteria for supervisor accreditation with professional bodies such as the BACP, AHPP or COSRT.

textbookssoftfocus_000The Grove Practice is a long-established counselling and psychotherapy practice based in central London, with a team of respected and accredited therapists. The Grove has developed a number of high quality professional training courses, including this supervision training. Indeed, the growing demand for the application of psychological models in organisational settings led to the additional establishment of The Grove’s training programmes, coaching team and organisational consultancy.

The faculty for each course is drawn from the following tutors. Sarah Paton Briggs leads the Autumn intake; Glenn Nicholls leads the Spring intake.  

glenn-150x150Glenn Nicholls is an experienced integrative psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, couple counsellor, executive coach and trainer. He is an accredited and registered psychotherapist with UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and UKAHPP (UK Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners); he is also a member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)  He is also a qualified teacher having gained a PGCE from the University of Cambridge. Glenn supervises both trainee and experienced therapists and executive coaches.

Glenn has several years’ experience as a lecturer on the Higher Education Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling at the University of Cambridge. He has therapy/supervision experience in the NHS, EAP, within the voluntary, academic, religious and private sectors. He has taught on many psychotherapy and counselling training programs in the UK and Europe; both on university courses and for private training providers. Glenn maintains a busy private practice in Cambridge and London.

Glenn is the core tutor for the Spring intake of The Grove’s supervision course.

Sarah Paton Briggs is a Director of The Grove Practice, where she has held a management role in the therapy service for over 12 years. She is a supervisor accredited by BACP and also by COSRT. She brings to her supervision practice the engaging and relational approach deployed with her clients. As an accredited psychotherapist, psychosexual & relationship therapist, drug & alcohol counsellor, executive coach, Sarah has a wealth of experience working with adult clients, either as individuals or couples. 

Sarah supervises therapists through each stage of their professional development: as trainees, then qualified therapists,  plus supporting supervisees towards accreditation or UKCP registration. This aspect involves writing supervision reports at key stages in that career progression. She also supervises supervisors in training or after qualifying. Her clinical management role for the therapy team at The Grove also involves the practical application of ethical principles including boundaries, contracting, confidentiality, balancing the client’s autonomy with upholding the role of the therapist, all within the commercial context of The Grove.

Her tutor and supervision experience also encompasses therapeutic work partnered with horses for human clients – equine-facilitated therapy.  She offers equine-facilitated programmes in Wiltshire, for therapy clients and also for corporate groups.

Sarah is the core tutor for the Autumn intake of The Grove’s supervision course. 

ernesto-spinelliProfessor Ernesto Spinelli has wide experience of teaching psychotherapists and supervisors, most recently as a Senior Fellow at Regent’s College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology. In addition to his academic work he also maintains a private practice as a psychotherapist, executive coach and supervisor.

Having recently published a new edition of his bestselling book, The Interpreted World: An Introduction To Phenomenological Psychology, his other books include Demiysitfying Therapy, Tales of Unknowing: Therapeutic Encounters From An Existential Perspective, and Practising Existential Psychotherapy: The Relational World. Ernesto is a Founding Member of the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology and is on the editorial board of the International Coaching Psychology Review.

Ernesto is an existential psychotherapist registered with UKCP, a Fellow of the BACP, a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Ernesto’s other academic awards include BA, MSc and PhD. For this course, he teaches existential approches to supervision. 

heather-pryce-150x150Dr Heather Pryce is a UKCP-registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist and supervisor.  She originally qualified as a doctor and worked in psychiatry and general practice before training at the Guild of Psychotherapists.  She ran a psychosexual counselling service for 8 years and still works in the NHS.  She has supervised in many different organisational settings.

Heather is a member of the Guild of Psychotherapists, APP (the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS), CAP (Confederation of Analytical Psychologists) and BAPPS (the British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision). She ran the supervision training at the Guild of Psychotherapists for 2 years and she is interested in the complex dynamics of group supervision in organisations.

For this course, Heather teaches psychoanalytic supervision concepts.   

Charles Brown is a UKCP-registered psychotherapist and a member of The Guild of Psychotherapists, having trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He is a past trainer for The Guild of Psychotherapists on their supervision course and clinical training. His practice includes public and private sector work. He has a special interest in identity and meaning and the social imagination. He is a qualified supervisor and an experienced group facilitator.  As the founder of BeMeTherapy, he manages an easily accessible directory of black and other ethnic minority professionals who offer culturally sensitive psychotherapy and counselling services to individuals, other professionals, and organisations. 

For this course, Charles teaches psychoanalytic supervision and/or equality and diversity themes in supervision. 

tomwarnecke1-277x300Tom Warnecke (PgDip, ECP, UKCP) is a relational body-psychotherapist, writer, artist and faculty tutor at ‘Re-Vision’ in London. He trained initially in Gestalt therapy and later with David Boadella, worked in statutory mental health services, and teaches psychotherapy internationally. His relational-somatic approach to Borderline trauma is utilised by various psychotherapy training institutes and he regularly contributes at European congresses and events. He is co-editor of the international ’Journal for Body, Dance and Movement in Psychotherapy’ and webcast editor for ‘Psychotherapy Excellence’.

Tom’s publications include a number of book chapters and journal articles, the book ‘The Psyche in the Modern World – Psychotherapy and Society’ (Karnac 2015) and a paper on chronic fatigue phenomena. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the ‘European Association for Psychotherapy’ (EAP) and a past UKCP vice chair.

For this training, he teaches somatic presentations in supervision: transference, embodied responses and erotic presentations by supervises. 

michael-worrell-preferred-1024x768Dr. Michael Worrell is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in a range of practice settings including the NHS and Private Practice. His NHS experience has included work across primary and secondary care with adult clients presenting with moderate to severe and complex difficulties. He is accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as a CBT Practitioner, Trainer and Supervisor.

Since 2003 Michael has been involved in training a wide range of mental health practitioners (including counsellors, psychotherapists, clinical and counselling psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists and psychiatric nurses) in CBT. Additionally, Michael has delivered training both within the UK and internationally on CBT Supervision and is currently developing further training in this area. In addition to his work within CBT, Michael has completed an advanced training in Existential Psychotherapy (1997) as well as a PhD in Psychotherapy (City 2002) that focused upon the concept of ‘resistance’ across differing modalities of therapy. Michael maintains a strong interest in contemporary developments in CBT and has completed training in both Schema Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Michael has previously worked at Regent’s College London as a Programme Leader on what was then the Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy and also as External Examiner for the MA in Psychotherapy. Michael is committed the possibilities of dialogue between differing orientations to practice and is currently working on a project with Professor Ernesto Spinelli on developing an ‘Existentially Focussed CBT’. Some of this initial work was presented to the World Conference for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Italy (2011) in a paper entitled “Existential Dimensions of ACT”. Michael has published in peer reviewed journals on both aspects of CBT and Existential Therapy.

Michael teaches CBT supervision for this course.

Dr Roberta Babb (BSc Hons, MSc, DClinPsych, CPsychol CSci AFBPsS) is the Director and owner of Third Eye Psychology Ltd.  Her practice offers clinical, forensic and organisation psychological services which include coaching, consultation, supervision (individual and group), training and mentoring, assessments, and therapy. 

Although Dr Babb’s clinical practice is significantly influence by psychodynamic theory, she flexibly draws on a diverse range of theoretical frameworks to inform her work.  This enables her to provide integrative and comprehensive assessments which identify problem areas, potential areas for change, and integrative psychological formulations or understandings (both via individual and group processes).  This process offers a deeper insight into both the global picture of the presenting difficulties/issues and the finer details, and provides a well-formed platform for the implementation of evidence-based interventions which can effect sustainable change at the conscious and unconscious level.

Dr Babb is registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) (Division of Clinical Psychology, Division of Forensic Psychology, and Division of Clinical Psychology Leadership and Management Faculty) and an approved Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).  She is also a Member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). Her qualifications include a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology, a MSc in Forensic Psychology and a Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She holds postgraduate diplomas in Clinical Supervision and Consultancy, Organisational Development and Executive Coaching, psychodynamic psychotherapy (foundation) and a professional qualification in forensic psychodynamic psychotherapy.  She has attended specialist training events for group therapy and supervision.

Paul Margrie is a senior lecturer and management committee member at The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education. CCPE’s 5-yera transpersonal psychotherapy training is a route for UKCP registration.  His responsibilities include therapy assessments and trainer in supervision and experiential groups. He is a qualified supervisor and practising psychotherapist. 

He brings a wealth of experience in supervision theory and practice, as well as the practice of supervising groups of therapists in training.

For The Grove’s course, he teaches peer supervision and/or ethics in supervision.

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