Introduction to Clinical Supervision HEA4029


Clinical supervision is an essential part of clinical practice, however there are many interpretations, models of clinical supervision and elides refinement of boundaries between personal and professional development and growth. This module will attempt to assist practitioners to explore these areas in a constructive approach to enhance their own understanding of clinical supervision.

Module Code: HEA4029
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £680 for Sept 2019 to July 2020

Who is this module for?

Staff who are involved in clinical supervision.

What are the key aims of the programme?

This module aims to introduce students to critically examine the concept and process of clinical supervision including supervisory relationship issues, contractual arrangements, and various models of clinical supervision.

What will I study?

  • Defining clinical supervision;
  • The clinical supervisory relationship and boundaries issues;
  • Models of clinical supervision;
  • Ethico-legal and contractual consideration in clinical supervision;
  • Risk and confidentiality;
  • Transference and counter transference;
  • Professional based clinical supervision.

How will I be assessed?

4,000 word essay.

On successful completion you will:

  • Critically examine the role of clinical supervision in health and social care, focusing on social, culture and ethical implications in practice.
  • Critically explore the various models of supervision, their evidence base and their impact on practice;
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the complexities inherent in the supervisory relationship, focusing particularly on confidentiality and risk management.

Further Information

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

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This module can be studied on a standalone basis. It is an optional module on the following programmes: