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Step 2: Supervision competencies

Dr Shah Alam

Thursday, 28 November 2024


From personal experience, the Low Intensity (LI) Practitioner role is fast paced, with high demand and a risk of burn-out. Practitioners are often the front line, which can also come with opportunities in developing assessment and therapy skills. Many LI Practitioners move into a supervisory role quickly, however there may be variation in the quality of supervision training.

High quality supervision is essential for therapists delivering low intensity interventions, which can take place in the form of clinical skills or case management supervision. Clinical skill supervision can be performed individually or in groups, looking at practitioner support, process, skills development and personal growth. Case management can have more of a focus on clinical governance, adherence to the evidence base and outcomes (Richards et al., 2010).

This session is for LI practitioners who supervise or will be becoming supervisors, to consider what effective supervision looks like and the competencies needed. There will be a focus within this training on learning skills that will help Step 2 supervisors in their practice.

The event will be equivalent to 2.3/4hrs of CPD.


This workshop will consider:

• Supervision competencies
• Setting up supervision
• Giving and receiving feedback
• Importance of self-practice/self-reflection
• Skills development
• Wellbeing

Learning Objectives

You will learn:
• How to effectively meet supervision competencies
• How to set up supervision
• Ways to give (and receive) feedback in a helpful way
• How to use self-practice/self-reflection to identify your own areas for development
• The importance of focusing on strengths and wellbeing

Training Modalities

Didactic content, Q&A, and experiential components.

Key References

Richards, R., Chellingsworth, M., Hope, R., Turpin, G., & Whyte,. M. (2010). Reach Out (first edition): National Programme Supervisor Materials to Support the Delivery of Training for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners Delivering Low Intensity Interventions. London: Rethink.

Thwaites, R. & Haroff, B. (2015). Reflections in CBT. SAGE Publications Ltd.

Farrand, P. (2020). Low-intensity CBT Skills and Interventions: A practitioner's manual. SAGE Publications Ltd.

Giving feedback in supervision:
James, I. A. (2015). The Rightful Demise of the Sh*t Sandwich: Providing Effective Feedback. Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy, 43(6):759-66. doi: 10.1017/S1352465814000113.

Painter, A. (2018) Processing people! The purpose and pitfalls of case management supervision provided for psychological wellbeing practitioners, working within Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services: A thematic analysis. (Thesis). University of the West of England. Retrieved from

Westwood, S., Morison, L., Allt, J., & Holmes, N. (2017). Predictors of emotional exhaustion, disengagement and burnout among improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) practitioners. Journal of Mental Health, 26:2, 172-179, DOI: 10.1080/09638237.2016.1276540

Steel, C., Macdonald, J., Schröder. T., & Mellor-Clark, J. (2015). Exhausted but not cynical: burnout in therapists working within Improving Access to Psychological Therapy Services, Journal of Mental Health, 24:1, 33-37, DOI: 10.3109/09638237.2014.971145

About the presenter

Dr Shah Alam is a Bangladeshi British Male Clinical Psychologist, BABCP accredited CBT therapist and visiting lecturer from East London. He is currently the co-chair of the BABCP Equality and Culture Special Interest Group (SIG), where practitioners consider how to better support racially minoritized communities within CBT practice. Shah has developed a short video with the BBC, highlighting the needs of the Bangladeshi community.

Shah has previously worked in IAPT settings as a LI Practitioner and High Intensity CBT therapist within diverse boroughs around London. He has also worked with children and young people in a Paediatric setting and currently works with adults in the community of Hackney (East London), supporting people with experiences of trauma and emotional dysregulation. Shah has supervised LI Practitioners, Assistant Psychologists, Clinical Associates & Trainee Psychologists. Separate to his clinical work, Shah has created an initiative to support South Asian Male aspiring, trainee and qualified therapists / Psychologists and under UCL he co-ordinates the Valued Voices Mentoring scheme, which looks to support racially minoritized aspiring Clinical Psychologists.

Twitter: @Shah_257

Who should attend

This workshop is most suitable for practitioners in a supervisory role to LI practitioners, who deliver LI CBT interventions for service users in primary care.

Details coming soon

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