Diploma in Relational Supervision

Transformational Learning for Counsellors and Psychotherapists

This Relational Supervision diploma course is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling psychologists and others in the helping professions who have significant experience and who want training in relational supervision. This also includes those who work in, for, or with an organisation. You may already be supervising and seeking qualification for what you do.

Co-taught by Karl Gregory and Sheila McCarthy-Dodd.  This course has Advanced Specialist Training recognition with the National Counselling Society (NCS).

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Background to this course

This course has developed over ten years, it began in 2006 to promote and enhance standards in counselling and psychotherapy supervision. In our development over the years we took a ‘Relational Turn’ with an emphasis on the transformational potential of

We have focused our courses on the paradigm shift from therapist to supervisor; seeing this as a major part of a developmental process for supervisors. We do not therefore
‘teach’ supervision but assist in the development of supervisors using a relational approach that is now influencing many therapy models and approaches.

Aims of the Course

Entry Requirements

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Course Structure

This 72 hour taught course includes theory, practice, discussion and experiential learning.  The course members meet for 6 weekends every alternate month. Learning support groups will be set up to meet between the course weekends.

The course is assessed through reflective writing, a case study and an audio assessment. There is self, peer and tutor evaluation with final assessments made by the tutors.

This course complies with the standards expected by other professional organisations such as the NCS, UKCP and the BACP.

How big is the group?

Groups are of 12-14 participants and we work with two facilitators at all times, male and female, to enhance the breadth and depth of experiences.

Where will the course take place?

Online (zoom) and in person in Stroud, Gloucestershire

Further Reading

Course Dates

Running from October 2023 to June 2024, the course consists of a mix of group meeting and online learning. 

First day we start at 9am for registration then subsequent days are 9.30am to 4.30pm on Fridays & Saturdays

Weekend 1: 6th & 7th October 2023

Zoom Evenings: 4pm to 7pm

19th October

16th November

30th November

14th December

Weekend 2: 19th & 20th January 2024

Zoom Evenings

8th February

29th February

14th March

28th March

Weekend 3: 19th & 20th April

Weekend 4: 28th & 29th June

Running from September 2022 to July 2023, the course consists of a mix of group meeting and online learning.

In Person 2022/23 Dates

All Friday/Saturday weekends in person in Stroud, Gloucestershire:
30th Sept – 1st Oct, 2022
20th – 21st Jan, 2023
21st – 22nd April
30th Jun – 1st July

Online 2022/23 Dates

Thursday evenings via zoom:
Thurs 20th Oct
Thurs 17th Nov
Thurs 1 Dec
Thurs 15 Dec
Thurs 9 Feb 2023
Thurs 2 Mar
Thurs 16 Mar
Thurs 30 Mar

How to Book

Diploma in Relational Supervision

£ 2,700
  • All inclusive rate
  • deposit of £300 is required upon booking

Payment in instalments can be arranged.


Applications will need to be covered by two references one of whom is a current supervisor who can give up to date information on personal and professional qualities.

Meet your Tutors

Co-taught by Karl Gregory and Sheila McCarthy-Dodd

Karl Gregory

Karl Gregory

SRN, RMN, MSc Counselling, Dip. in Psychotherapy Supervision, FNCS Acc.

I am an integrative relational therapist – integrating relational, existential and systems approaches.

Sheila McCarthy-Dodd

Sheila McCarthy-Dodd

DipCW, DipCouns, MBACP

I am a qualified counsellor and have trained extensively in group facilitation, couples work, systemic constellations and clinical supervision.

Past Conferences and Associated Documents

We have collected together the resources from our past Supervision Conferences as a shared resource.