One of the challenges facing all of those who supervise is to balance genuine collaboration with our supervisees and appropriate use of the authority inherent in the role. This is a dynamic balance, which has to take account of many factors at a given moment, including; the current level of experience of the supervisee, the nature of their client work, their approach to therapeutically -based work they undertake, the context in which they work, what we have agreed in our supervisory contract and the wellbeing of the client who is the immediate focus of our exploration in supervision.

In this PDD we will consider what qualities we seek to establish in our supervisory relationships, informed by our own experience, feedback from our supervisees and the research literature. We will also explore the nature and purpose of what can be described as ‘supervisory authority’ and also some of its shadow aspects, for example authoritarian, oppressive tendencies and the risks inherent in abdicating authority.

We will go on to consider the revised BACP ethical framework, which has an increased emphasis on supervision, and explore the interconnections in supervision between ethical practice, the supervisory relationship and the supervisor’s authority. Participants will be encouraged to read the revised BACP Ethical Framework in preparation for the PDD and during the workshop highlight any areas which cause concern in their work as a supervisor.

Throughout the day there will be time for discussion as a whole group and in small groups. There will also be a number experiential exercises participants will be invited to undertake, including an opportunity to identify specific actions to take forward coming out of their learning of the day.

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About the presenter

Steve Page has been supervising since 1979 and involved in supervisor training and development for over 25 years. He is an accredited, registered counsellor and has a counselling, coaching and supervision practice, based in North Yorkshire.

Steve is co-author, with Val Wosket, of supervising the counsellor and psychotherapist (3rd ed. 2014), author of the shadow and the counsellor, as well as a number of articles. He is currently the executive specialist for supervision for the BACP coaching division.

The main aims of the PDD

  1. To identify the qualities of an effective supervisory relationship, from the perspectives of our experience as supervisors and as supervisees, from feedback from our supervisees and from examples in the research literature.
  2. To explore our personal understanding and use of supervisory authority and consider the balance between the collaborative nature of supervision and the authority invested in the role of supervisor, in particular when supervising trainee or novice counsellors and psychotherapists.
  3. To consider the implications for our supervisory practise of the revised BACP Ethical Framework.  

By the end of the PDD, participants will be able to

  1. Apply increased awareness in the development of supervisory relationships,
  2. Monitor their use of appropriate authority when supervising,
  3. Apply a deeper understanding of the revised BACP ethical framework in their supervision practice.

This PDD is relevant to

Counsellors and/or psychotherapists who are supervising the work of other helping practitioners.


Please book your place online or alternatively fill out a booking form and return it to


Holiday Inn Southampton
Herbert Walker Avenue
SO15 1HJ


Registration will be 9.30am with the workshop starting promptly at 10am. Two refreshment break and a light lunch will be provided. The workshop will finish at 4.30pm.