Postgraduate Certificate in Supervision Skills for Evidence-based Psychological approaches for Children & Young People

About the programme

This programme is designed for supervisors of students on the Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programmes in Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies for Children and Young People.  These include: CBT, Parent Training for Conduct Disorders, Systemic Family Practice, Education Mental Health Practitioner, CYP Wellbeing Practitioner and Learning Disability & Autism pathways.

This 60 credit M-Level Postgraduate Certificate training programme is for experienced clinicians already working and supervising in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).  Overall, the programme will take 9 - 12 months to complete. This is to allow for the completion of the academic work. The programme is validated by the University of Manchester.


Programme Aims

The aims of this programme accord with the Department of Health Programme Improving Access to Psychological Therapy Children and Young People’s projects (CYP IAPT). They are (1) to develop competency in supervising within CYP IAPT in the evidence-based interventions set out by the Department of Health in the CYP IAPT treatment curriculum, (2) to have critical knowledge of the theoretical, research and implementation literature that underpins supervision, (3) to enable supervisors to develop sustainable skills in supervising in order to drive the ongoing development of quality driven, outcomes informed services.

It is expected that a ‘Community of Children and Young People’s IAPT supervisors’ will evolve which will become a growing resource to facilitate change in Children and Young People’s mental health care across a wider region beyond a given CAMHS district, and this will provide further support into the future for the sustainability of the Children and Young People’s IAPT project.

The specific aims are to:

Understand the aims, objectives and structure of the Children and Young People’s IAPT programme

Understand the importance of supervision as a key clinical activity within the Children and Young People’s IAPT project

Be aware of the models of supervision applied within Children and Young People’s IAPT project services

Be able to describe the supervision competences outlined by Roth & Pilling (2007), published at:

Demonstrate practical understanding in the application of clinical supervision competences .

The programme aims to develop supervisors’ competencies in the following areas:

  • The understanding of the principles of supervision
  • The ability to promote psychological knowledge in supervision
  • The use of outcomes data in supervision
  • The facilitation of therapeutic processes in supervision
  • The delivery of modality-specific supervision
  • Facilitation of the development of prevention protocols including therapeutic blueprints

Who Can Apply

( It is currently unavailable to external applicants)

Application forms are sent to the CYP IAPT Service Leads within Children & Young People’s services across the North West Collaborative.  Completed application forms must be approved by the Service Manager and the CYP IAPT Lead, who will be responsible for sending them back to the Training Centre. This must include CCG approval if they are funding salary support. Applications sent directly to the training centre by the applicant will not be able to be accepted.

Eligible applicants will be working within North West CYP IAPT Collaborative. Recruitment is a joint process with collaborative partners. 

They will be predominantly qualified members of the main mental health professions (Mental Health Social Workers, Psychiatric Nurses, Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists in Mental Health, Accredited Counsellors). Please consult the following link for a list of all health, mental health and social care professions currently accepted by BABCP as a recognised core profession, which will be accepted as entry criteria: Core Professions (

Applicants without one of these recognised core professions will be considered for eligibility via the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSA) framework based on that developed by the BABCP.  The KSA requirements for this training programme will be provided to applicants.  An example of KSA requirements can be found on the BABCP website Knowledge Skills and Attitudes (

Successful candidates will be experienced clinicians already working and supervising in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

North West Collaborative

The Northwest CYP IAPT Collaborative is a partnership between The University of Manchester, Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust and over 70 providers and commissioning bodies of children and young people’s mental health services across NHS, Local Authority and Voluntary sectors working in the Northwest, Yorkshire and West Midlands.


It’s one of five Learning Collaboratives across England that are part of the CYP IAPT country-wide transformation programme. The collaborative seeks to improve services through better evidence based practice, better collaborative practice, authentic participation and better use of feedback and clinical outcomes across all services.

Training Component

The curriculum will be delivered using a mixed format of didactic teaching and experiential/reflective sessions. Students will develop CYP IAPT specific supervisory skills with the support of the programme leads, experts and their own peers.

The programme will have 12 formal teaching days, 2 of them jointly with the Service Leadership Programme, 2 with supervisors working across all model, 6 in model specific groups, and 1 day jointly with the all collaborative partners and students within the local CYP IAPT community.

There will be 6 supervisor training days before the students on the Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate in Evidence Based Practice for CYP programmes (the intended supervisees of students on this programme) start their training, followed by a further 6 days over the following 9 months. The first 6 days will include teaching and guidance about how to prepare for the students (service issues, appropriate clients etc). The remaining 6 days will focus on reflective, group based practice and experiential learning via group exercises, role plays, viewing supervision tapes and discussion of academic papers as well as some formal lectures as specified in the National Curriculum for Supervisor Training.                        

In addition to the days above, there may be opportunities to attend model specific training alongside the students on the Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate programmes. More information about these opportunities will be provided by the organisational lead for your therapeutic model

Contact Us

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