Supervision and the development of reflective/reflexive practice has been a central requirement in the psychotherapy and counselling professions. It is increasingly seen as a relevant practice and support in many other professions including those of health care, education, social work, coaching, and within organisations.

The Gestalt Centre Supervision Training is recognised by UKCP.

The course is highly respected and has been praised by previous participants for its rigour, practicality, and creativity. The emphasis during the training is on practice with input and discussion of theory and ethics.

Who is the course for?

The Diploma in Supervision is designed for both individual and group practitioners at the start of their supervisory practice and experienced supervisors wishing to enhance or refresh their skills and practice.

The course is open to applicants of any modality and both UKCP members and non-members.

UKCP members, successfully passing the assessment component of the course gain entry to the UKCP Supervision Directory.

At the Gestalt Centre we value equity and inclusion and welcome diversity and difference in all backgrounds, identities and voices. It is integral to who we are and how we work. If you have any accessibility requirements for this course, please get in touch.

Course outcomes

The course offers the opportunity to develop the theoretical and practical knowledge, skills, confidence and qualification to become a UKCP registered supervisor.

Outcomes include,

  • Study a range of supervision models and their application.
  • Study and develop the skills and theory for the task of supervision.
  • Deepen understanding and awareness of the supervisor role and the dynamics of supervision.
  • Develop a deeper awareness of yourself and capacity to use this well as a supervisor.
  • Consider and appreciate diversity, intersectionality, and cultural dimensions in supervision.
  • Enhance understanding of ethical, pastoral, and therapeutic responsibilities, both as a supervisee and a supervisor.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of socio-cultural dimensions of supervision and ability to raise this with supervisees.
  • Scrutinise and discuss issues of importance including boundaries, institutional and organisational matters.
  • Enhance your skills in supervising appropriately practitioners with different levels of experience.
  • Use your own supervisory experience either as supervisee or supervisor, to enact and critique live practice.
  • Explore and practice creative methods to include in your repertoire as a supervisor.
  • Experience and practice working with ‘what is’ and with the insightful Gestalt approach that combines thoughtful theoretical input, experiential learning and skills practice.
  • Make the most of this unique opportunity for professional development where you learn from, share and practice with a leading gestalt practitioner and a diverse group of therapists in the course.
  • Gain qualification to become a UKCP registered supervisor.

Course content

The course is delivered in two modules of six days respectively.

Each module is divided into two components: a teaching/practicum period followed a few weeks later by a follow-up, consolidation period. This is to allow participants time to practice their supervisory skills in between and bring their learning, reflections and new questions back for the second half of the module.

The course interleaves didactic, experiential and practicum methods throughout.

Main elements of the course content include:

  • The study and development of the skills and theory necessary for the task of supervision.  Informed by the perspective of Gestalt Therapy Theory and psychodynamic theory.
  • Introduction to a range of models of supervision.
  • Exploration of the dynamics of supervision.
  • The theory and practice of group supervision: that is supervision delivered in groups.
  • The theory and practice of supervision of groups: that is supervision of group facilitation.
  • Investigation of the potential for creative methods to expand the repertoire of the supervisor.
  • The use of participants supervisory experience either as supervisee or supervisor, to enact and critique live practice.
  • Scrutiny and discussion of issues of importance to supervision and the supervisory relationship, including ethics, boundaries, institutional and organisational matters.
  • Explicit reference to and examination of the responsibility of supervisors to bring to the attention of their supervisees the power dynamics in the therapy, and supervisory relationship, and how these are modulated by differences in gender, race, sexual orientation, class, ability and other dimensions of the socio-cultural field.

About the tutors

Toni Gilligan, BSC, MPhil

Toni is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and supervisor and offers both individual and group psychotherapy and supervision, as well as training, and consultancy.

Toni believes GTT is about social activism as well as psychotherapy and seeks to apply this to issues of diversity, social justice and the environment. She sings and finds singing can be a surprising route to awareness and growth. Originally a clinical psychologist in the NHS and voluntary sectors, she runs training in Motivational Interviewing, and workshops in ‘Finding Your Voice’. Toni is a former Director of Psychotherapy at the Gestalt Centre and former president of IAAGT.

Urtzi Cristobal MA

Urtzi is a UKCP registered individual and group Gestalt psychotherapist and supervisor and a tutor on the Gestalt Centre MA and Psychotherapy Practitioner Diploma courses. He has extensive experience of working with terminally ill people and their families having managed a team of counsellors at a hospice where he also provided training to the medical staff.

What Participants Say About the Course

“The teaching of the course allowed me to develop an insight on what is supervision, to challenge myself on my position as potential supervisor, and better understand my role.”– NS, MBACP Accred. & Reg. Psychotherapist

“Thank you for a thorough and thought provoking course that helped me deepen my work” – HR, UKCP Psychotherapist

“The Supervisor Training stands out for me as a time when I learnt how to use the support and encouragement forthcoming from both trainers. I also learnt about how to support myself to achieve something that I had not believed possible. It’s a good feeling.” – JD

  • Assessment and graduation options


    Certificate of Completion

    A Gestalt Centre Certificate of Completion will awarded on completion of attendance at both Modules, and completion of the course work in the form of the required hours of Supervision practice.

    Diploma in Supervision

    The Gestalt Centre Diploma in Supervision will be awarded on completion of attendance at both Modules, completion of the required 80 hours Supervision practice and successful submission of two extended essays that demonstrate the learning outcomes both theoretically and in participant’s ‘case study’ material of their supervision. Written work may be submitted up to one year after completion of the course. The work is assessed by the course tutors.


    100% attendance is required except under under exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Programme Tutors.

  • Course Fees



    Self-funding Fee

    Course fee £2,400, full assessment fee £250.

    20% discount on course fees for Gestalt Centre members, saving £480.

    Payment plans available.

    Sponsored Fees

    Course fee £3,122, full assessment fee £300. Charity less than 1 million turnover.

    Course fee £3,600, full assessment fee £350. Private sector.



  • Entry requirements
    • At least four years’ post-qualification experience as a therapist or counsellor.
    • Completion of the course requires that you have undertaken at least 80 hours of supervision of group and individual supervision. Your supervision practice should demonstrate a balance of group and individual practice. It is recommended that 50% of this practice is in-person, and required that at least 30% is.

Next dates


Module 1

Thursday 17 October 2024, 10am – 5pm

Friday 18 October 2024, 10am – 5pm

Saturday 19 October 2024, 10am – 5pm


Module 2

Thursday 23 January 2025, 10am – 5pm

Friday 24 January 2025, 10am – 5pm

Saturday 25 January 2025, 10am – 5pm


Thursday 24 April 2025, 2pm – 5pm

Friday 25 April 2025, 10am – 5pm

Saturday 26 April 2025, 10am – 5pm


Thursday 12 June 2025, 2pm – 5pm

Friday 13 June 2025, 10am – 5pm

Saturday 14 June 2025, 10am -5pm


“It has been a wonderful experience and is having a great impact both personally and professionally.”

NM, Counsellor


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