Clinical and Counselling Supervision

a psychologist having counselling supervision for their counselling clients

Accredited Supervisor

Quest Psychology Services offers experienced and safe counselling supervision. Dr Warwick has completed a British Psychology Society (BPS) accredited course in clinical supervision for counsellors and psychologists at the University of Manchester in 2018 and is on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors. As a result of running school counselling projects and being a lead psychologist for a team of 8 psychologists in a forensic in patient unit. He has experience of supervising nurses, support workers, counsellors, clinical psychologists, counselling psychologists and forensic psychologists for since 2014 . 


Integrated Developmental Model

 One of the most researched developmental models of supervision is the Integrated Developmental Model (IDM) developed by Stoltenberg (1981) and Stoltenberg and Delworth (1987) and, finally, by Stoltenberg, McNeill, and Delworth (1998) (Falender & Shafranske, 2004; Haynes, Corey, & Moulton, 2003). The IDM describes three levels of counselor development:

Level 1 – supervisees are generally entry-level students who are high in motivation, yet high in anxiety and fearful of evaluation; 

Level 2 –  supervisees are at mid-level and experience fluctuating confidence and motivation, often linking their own mood to success with clients; and

Level 3 – supervisees are essentially secure, stable in motivation, have accurate empathy tempered by objectivity, and use therapeutic self in intervention. (Falender & Shafranske)  

Systems Approach

In the systems approach to supervision, the heart of supervision is the relationship between supervisor and supervisee, which is mutually involving and aimed at bestowing power to both members (Holloway, 1995). Holloway describes seven dimensions of supervision, all connected by the central supervisory relationship. These dimensions are: the functions of supervision, the tasks of supervision, the client, the trainee, the supervisor, and the institution (Holloway). The function and tasks of supervision are at the foreground of interaction, while the latter four dimensions represent unique contextual factors that are, according to Holloway, covert influences in the supervisory process. Supervision in any particular instance is seen to be reflective of a unique combination of these seven dimensions.  


Accessing Counselling Supervision Online

In addition to being able to come to the clinic in Salford Quays, Manchester you can also access supervision through our safe and secure online service. This way whether you are travelling, unable to leave the house, agoraphobic or simply live too far away everyone can access Quest Psychology Services. You can find out more about how we work online here.