certificate in creative supervision
certificate in creative supervision

Certificate in Creative Supervision

Pretending to be a Unicorn; A Certificate in Playfull SupervisionTM


Course Tutor:

Emma Steadman (MA, BACP) – view profile


Willow Brook Primary School, Colchester

Pretending to be a Unicorn; A Certificate in Playfull Supervision

“Don’t be silly, I’m not a real unicorn, I’m pretending to be a unicorn!”

This quote from a five-year old child shows how play enables us to stand back and explore different realities. For me, when it goes well, that is what creative supervision does. I think creative supervision facilitates a space which opens heart and mind for supervisees to tune into their clients, see different perspectives, learn, and develop confidence.

This course is for qualified counsellors and therapists working with adults, children and /or young people, with at least one year’s practice experience, who would like to start supervising practitioners on a one to one basis. Professionals from a range of mental health, social work and education settings are also most welcome.

Interviews for spaces on the course will take place via telephone.

This unique training integrates play and creativity with learning and supervision models and has been informed by Emma’s ongoing PhD research alongside over 15 years of practice experience.

BACP competencies for supervision training are incorporated into the modules.

The course is focussed on the integrated use of learning and supervision models with creative media such as sandplay, writing, art, music, puppets, and role play. We will practise applying models whilst playing with a flow of creative media. For example, exploring a client-supervisee scenario starting with sandplay, then going on to write and then to role play; all of which is informed by learning and supervision approaches, which will be taught.



We will be a small group of usually between 4 and 8 people and no more than 10. The course modules will run across 8 days consisting of two-day modules, each a month apart.



April 6th and 7th 2019

May 4th and 5th 2019

June 1st and 2nd 2019

July 13th and 14th 2019


Course Outline

The new BACP ethical framework (2018) will be considered and applied through every module and there will be focussed consideration of ethical development in module 4.

  1. Earth: Elementing: first things first. Co-creating an open learning space. We will consider and practise co-contracting with agreed learning aims, identifying and working with relational dynamics, learning styles and learning models. We will look at developmental and process models of supervision as well as application of interpersonal neurobiology concepts.
  2. Water: allowing the flow of creativity. Starting to practise creative approaches within supervision and learning models. Identifying and working with difference and light and shadow in relational dynamics. We will play with applying creative approaches. We will also explore concepts and experience relating to power and difference and how this can play out and be worked with in supervision and practice.
  3. Fire: Integrating creative approaches within learning and supervision models. Practise and experiential learning.
  4. Air: Freedom to safely practise. We will look at ideas about ethical development and practise incorporating these concepts and the BACP ethical framework into creative supervision. ©



£1,200 if paid in full by the start of the course, or £1,300 if paid in instalments. £250 from the full amount is needed as a non-refundable deposit at the time of booking. Monthly payment plans are available by discussion with Emma.


Course Requirements

  • Self and peer assessment during the course.
  • 10-minute poster presentation of learning on last module.
  • 20 hours of supervised supervision practice.
  • Minimum of 5 x 1 ½ hour supervision sessions of supervision practice.
  • 2,000 word supervision case study to include a 10-minute transcription of a recorded supervision session, annotated with process notes. To be submitted on the completion of 20 hours of supervision practice.


For enquiries please contact: Emma Steadman, ejsandplay@gmail.com or Tel: 07841029305.

Venue & Getting There

Willow Brook Primary School, Barnardiston Road, Colchester CO4 ODT

Nearest train station: Colchester

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