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M.Sc./P.Grad. Dip. in Clinical Supervision

Course Director:  Dr. Mary Creaner
Contact Details: Telephone: +353 -1 - 896 2094
Email: creanerm@tcd.ie
Course Office Contact Details:

Ms. Catherine McNally (Course Executive Officer)
Telephone: +353 -1 - 896 2431
Email: camcnall@tcd.ie

Course Duration:   2 years, part-time
Closing date for Applications: 31st May 2014.  Next intake September 2014.  Note: intake for this course is biennial
ECTS Credits:  90 ECTS
Course Code: TRT85

Course Overview

The M.Sc./P.Grad. Diploma in Clinical Supervision part-time course is aimed at practitioners in the helping professions who normally hold an honours degree in psychology or a related field and relevant post-graduate experience. It is specifically aimed at practising psychologists, (counselling, clinical, educational, health, work & organizational, etc.) psychotherapists, counsellors and mental health professionals who wish to further their professional development, reflective practice capability and train as supervisors.

The course is normally scheduled to take place on Saturdays (maximum two per month) and occasional Friday afternoons (approx five per year) to facilitate students who have work commitments.   All students register on the M.Sc. course in the first instance. Students may choose to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision on successful completion of Year 1 course requirements. Any student who is awarded the Postgraduate Diploma automatically forfeits progression to the M.Sc. at any later stage. The Postgraduate Diploma as an exit qualification is equivalent to 60 ECTS. Students who successfully complete all the required elements of the M.Sc. course will be awarded the M.Sc. in Clinical Supervision.  

Course Content and Structure

The M.Sc. is comprised of eight modules including a supervised Professional Practice Module and a Dissertation. Costs associated with clinical supervision of the Professional Practice Module are additional to course tuition fees and the responsibility of the student. In Year 2, M.Sc. students are required, under research supervision and support, to submit a dissertation based on empirical enquiry into an aspect of clinical supervision. All modules are compulsory and each has an assessment component.

Module 1: Advanced Clinical Supervision, theory, skills & process
Module 2: Clinical Supervision & Perspectives in Adult Learning
Module 3: Advanced Peer & Group Supervision
Module 4: The Reflective Practitioner
Module 5: Professional Clinical Practice
Module 6: Organisational Issues
Module 7: Research in Clinical Supervision
Module 8: Dissertation (c20, 000 words)

Teaching & Learning Methods

Teaching will be delivered through lectures, interactive classes, seminars, presentations, group work and so forth.  Student led seminars are particularly important in developing student's confidence and presentation skills. Occasionally, some seminars and workshops will be jointly offered to other professionals as Continuing Professional Development training.
The primary methods by which students are expected to learn are;

  • Active participation and note-taking during formal lectures, supported by course handouts where appropriate
  • Essay writing, practical reports, tutorials and seminar presentations
  • Private study of selected texts from books and journals
  • Practical classes and workshops, experiential learning methods e.g. role-play, video skills sessions  
  • Student-led seminars and presentations
  • Discussion groups
  • Professional clinical practice
  • Independent literature and empirical research

Competence is developed through a combination of lectures, experiential learning workshops, discussions, clinical supervision, group and peer supervision, written assignments, tutorials and professional clinical practice.

Modes of Assessment

Summative, Formative, Continuous, Self Assessment, Tutor and Supervisor Assessment form the overall assessment process. Modules will be assessed on a continuous assessment basis which occurs throughout the year through meetings with the Course Director and/or tutor, course work, assignments, feedback from Clinical Supervisor and so forth. Assessment varies according to the requirements of the modules and each module has independent assessment.  A combination of written and practical assignments includes feedback reports from the course approved supervisor of professional practice, written papers, an audio/visual case study, learning agreement, presentations, research proposal and a dissertation. Please refer to M.Sc. Course Handbook for further information.
In order to be awarded the degree of Master in Science in Clinical Supervision, students must satisfy the Court of Examiners by passing (50%) all of the taught modules of the course, the dissertation and by obtaining a pass on the Professional Clinical Practice module. Further procedures in this regard may be found in the M.Sc. Course Handbook.

Tutorial Support

Each participant will meet with a tutor/mentor during the year to review progress. They will also meet with the Course Director. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate these meetings. Additional tutorial meetings are at the discretion (or request) of the Course Director.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants will normally be required to hold an honours degree in psychology or a cognate discipline
  • Post qualification and/or training/experience in supervision
  • Demonstration of commitment to ongoing professional development (e.g. workshops, seminars)
  • Practising and a full member of a recognised professional body (e.g. the Psychological Society of Ireland, the Irish Council for Psychotherapy, the Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or professional equivalent)
  • Have access to a supervisee base for professional clinical practice
  • Hold professional indemnity insurance for supervision
  • Formal application to include a CV, 2 references, evidence of EU status, as relevant, and an individual interview

Fitness to Practice

As Clinical Supervisors hold a gate-keeping role and function in their relevant professions, students must conform to the highest ethical and best practice standards. This role ultimately functions to protect the welfare of the client, the supervisee and the public. Consequently, students are expected and required to conform to the code of ethics and conduct of their relevant professional bodies, in addition to University requirements.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online here.
Late applications may be considered if places remain available after the closing date.

Course Fees 2014/2015      

  • EU Fees Year 1: €7,470
  • EU Fees Year 2: €7,470
  • Fees may increase in line with inflation in subsequent years

Please note:The P.Grad. Diploma in Clinical Supervision (Psychology) has been discontinued as a separate course.

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