Diploma in Creative Supervision

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CTC Diploma in Creative Supervision 2023

Starting 10th February 2023

Creative Supervision includes the use of action methods and creative approaches in the supervision of therapists and other professionals involved in direct work with clients of all ages, utilising a variety of theoretical frameworks, and in a variety of circumstances.  These strategies also prove useful in the mentoring and consultative roles that are part and parcel of many professional lives. This course focuses on utilising new and innovative approaches utilising the creative arts, lateral thinking, and playful activities in the supervision process.  An aim is to facilitate supervisors to connect more fully with supervisees, and facilitate them in fully exploring and finding solutions to dilemmas in client work and in the management of clinical teams.  There is a focus on learning to match supervision style and process to supervisee needs, ensuring that the continuum of needs of those with varying degrees of experience are responded to in an integrated manner. Central to this is the use of informed intuition to hypothesise, blended with advanced skills in understanding intrapersonal and interpersonal processes, and knowing when and how to apply diverse approaches.

This course is suitable to therapists adopting a variety of approaches in their work, regardless of the specific core training that they have undertaken.   It is an experiential training with a substantial theoretical component and equips trainees to undertake the multiple roles of the supervisor. The core framework utilised in the course is humanistic and integrative. Our emphasis on creative approaches makes it suitable for those supervising practitioners who work in a wide variety of settings, with a broad spectrum of clients. Our main model for supervision is that developed by Hawkins and Shohet; the Seven Eyed Supervision Model described in their ground-breaking book ‘Supervision in the Helping Professions’. “The one really powerful book in this area, a book that fundamentally changed the way in which people think about supervision and training.” according to Professor John McLeod.  There are also opportunities to review other relevant theoretical approaches. 

Practice with supervisees is required during the course. Some of this work will be supervised within the course structure to maximise learning. In addition, participants are required to engage in external supervision on supervision and submit a supervisors’ report.

Yet again, we are delighted to be able to deliver this training with input from international experts in the field: Joan Wilmot, David LeVay and Simon Kerr-Edwards are all scheduled to teach modules. There is also a one day conference covering ‘Legal Issues’ included in the course. This Intensive training day is specifically designed to cover what you need to know about the legal system and the delicate legal issues involved in therapeutic work with clients of all ages and is delivered by Seamus Clarke BL, a barrister with particular expertise in the field. Monique McEvoy is the course leader and is available throughout the course – she is directly involved in teaching, assessment and supervision roles.

 David LeVay will deliver the February 2023 module. He is a highly experienced supervisor, dramatherapist, play therapist, sand play therapist and trainer. David will cover the use of the expressive arts in supervision.  David will combine theory and experiential activities to explore utilising creative approaches such as sandtray, dramatherapy and other creative media/imagery approaches in supervision. He will explore many contemporary questions, debates and challenges of direct relevance to the supervisor, and indeed all professionals working in allied therapy professions.  These may include challenges related to, for example, the global pandemic, displaced populations, adoption, questions of power, privilege, and areas of practice including boundary issues, being ‘good enough’, clinical responsibility versus ‘trusting the process’, and making active use of self within therapy. This promises to be an incredibly thought provoking module!

 Joan Wilmot delivers the March 2023 (3-day) module, built round the 7 modes of supervision described in Supervision in the Helping Professions (Hawkins and Shohet OUPress 4th edition 2012, and participants will get more out of the course if they read the relevant chapter in advance.  Joan leads the group through each mode and provides opportunities to practice in triads – supervisor, supervisee and observer.  She also includes exercises designed to integrate the modes for back home situations.  Joan has been teaching this model, with Robin Shohet, for over 35 years at the Centre for Supervision and Team Development (CSTD) and has contributed to the most recent work (2020) by Peter Hawkins. Students will receive certification from CSTD for this module.

Simon Kerr-Edwards will deliver the Sept-Oct 2023 module and will explore how creativity can provide quick and powerful insights into clinical work that can circumnavigate our use of words as well as develop resilience in the therapist. He will show how using figures, props, cards, role play, improvisation and imagery can enable the supervisee to examine their clinical approaches, explore meaning for the client and develop hypotheses. Furthermore he will examine how creativity has wider and deeper applications as it allows the supervisee to discharge powerful feelings, develop their use of self in the work and allow themselves to become vulnerable as a means for developing greater professional awareness.

 Suitable Applicants

This course is designed as an advanced experiential and skills based training for:

  • Psychotherapists, play therapists, creative arts therapists, and psychologists with considerable experience (usually with at least 5 years post-qualifying experience) and who are ready to, or have started to, provide supervision.
  • Health care and helping professionals holding supervisory responsibilities
  • Teachers, carers, community workers who wish to develop their supervision skills
  • Others with a supervisory role.

Suitable psychotherapist candidates will usually have a busy practice, generally working with 8 or more clients each week.  These clients may be adults or children or a combination of both.

Course Duration: To facilitate trainees maintaining their work, we run the course over a number of one – three-day modules throughout the year rather than having weekly or monthly sessions. The 2023 course dates are, 10th – 12th February (Limerick), 10th – 12th March (Limerick), 1st – 2nd April (Online), 10th June (Limerick), 2nd & 3rd September (Mountmellick),  30th Sept & 1st Oct (Limerick) and 11th & 12th Nov 2023 (Mountmellick). The course runs for the full day (10– 5.30pm) on all scheduled dates and 100 tutor student contact hours are involved.  The last date of the course is 12th November 2023 – this is the date for final submissions of logs and reports.

Assignments & Assessment: Assessment includes both written and practical components with self, peer and trainer input.  The focus is on ensuring that graduates will have a toolkit of skills, a solid theoretical framework, and will be adept at responding to the needs of individual, or groups of, supervisees with a range of levels of expertise, utilising a variety of therapeutic approaches across the spectrum of client groups. 

Each participant will work with supervisees during the course and will write a 2000 word supervision case review about the experience of supervising one of these supervisees, including details of what made it ‘creative’ supervision. Another written assignments is in relation to managing an ethical or clinical decision making dilemma. The external supervisor will be required to submit a report.


The venues for the on-site training days are 1) CTC Limerick – Children’s Therapy Centre, Stewart House, Lonsdale Road, National Technology Park, Plassey, Co. Limerick V94 KN70

and 2) Listening Tree Play Therapy Centre, Mountmellick Development Association, Irishtown, Mountmellick, Co. Laois. The April module will be delivered online via zoom.

Fees: The course fee is €2900.  A non-refundable deposit of €300 is payable on acceptance of a place.  The remainder becomes due before the first module. However, individual payment plan options are available. The fee includes the course attendance, all handouts, internal group supervision on supervision, assessment, and the Legal Conference.  Costs for external supervision on supervision are negotiated directly with the supervisor involved.

Course Trainers

Joan Wilmot was co-founder of the Centre for Supervision and Team Development with Robin Shohet in 1979 and works as a trainer, supervisor, psychotherapist and mediator. Her particular interest is in working with systems and using organisational and family constellations work. She has been running supervision trainings and working with teams, in particular in the NHS and voluntary sector, for over 40 years. Her passion is in enabling people to find the work they love and love the work they do. She is an active member of Playback Theatre and co-founder of Northern Lights Learning Conference.

David Le Vay is a qualified social worker, dramatherapist, play therapist and sandplay therapist. He has worked with children who have experienced significant abuse and trauma, specialising particularly in supporting children and young people with problematic and harmful sexual behaviour, and managed a local authority service for this client group. For 12 years, David was a Senior Lecturer on the MA Play Therapy Programme at The University of Roehampton, London and is a practising independent therapist within a multi-disciplinary therapy team. He is also External Examiner for the MSc Play Therapy programme at Queen Mary’s University, based in Glasgow. David has also trained in creative supervision, supervises a number of arts and play therapists and facilitates training in creative supervision.

Simon Kerr-Edwards MA has a master’s degree in play therapy from the University of Surrey and before this had a background in Dramatherapy. He is an independent play therapist, clinical supervisor and trainer, based in the UK, with over 35 years’ experience of working therapeutically with children and adolescents who have had complex trauma in their life. He is an experienced clinical supervisor who works with individual therapists and teams doing challenging work. He regularly trains play therapists and other clinicians to become supervisors and explore how to bring their playful selves into their supervisory relationships.

Monique McEvoy M.I.A.H.I.P., S.I.A.P.T.P. I.C.P., E.C.I.P. Monique has an MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy with a specialisation in Play Therapy, BA in Dance Movement Therapy and a Diploma in Creative Supervision. Monique works as a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist specialising in the field of trauma and abuse. Monique is founder of the Listening Tree Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Centre, and a Trainer for CTC, Children’s Therapy Centre. Monique has worked for over 25 years supporting children, families and professionals.

Seamus Clarke SC, BCL (NUI), BCL (Oxon), Senior Counsel, has a Bachelor Degree of Civil Law (International) from University College Dublin and De Paul University, Chicago. He has a Masters in European and Comparative Law from the University of Oxford and holds a Barrister-at-Law Degree from the Honourable Society of Kings Inns Dublin. He has a general practice at the bar specialising in the areas of Commercial Law, Employment Law and Criminal Law. He lectures in a number of Institutions in EU Law, IT law and Criminal Law and is an Adjunct Professor in International Intellectual Property Law for the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Seamus has given courses to a variety of groups including many Counsellors & Medico-Legal Professionals.

Application Process: Please complete the application form below and post it to CTC Limerick. Please include a copy of your CV and 1 passport photo (with your name on the back) with the hardcopy of your application. Email soft copies of all relevant Certificates to ctcsiobhan@gmail.com Applications will be processed and applicants will be contacted via email.

Children’s Therapy Centre

Stewart House,

Lonsdale Road,

National Technology Park,


Co. Limerick,

V94 KN70


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