Dr Sue Pattison - Biography

PhD. MA. Dip Couns. MBACP (Accred). BPS App.Supervision Cert. Cert Ed. HV.RGN.

Sue has had a long career working with adults, children, young people and families in practice and an academic career at the Universities of Durham and Newcastle and presently with Arden University. She has written Diploma and Degree courses for universities in counselling, psychotherapy and clinical supervision as well as bespoke courses for organisations, including school counselling training for the EU. She has trained counsellors, psychotherapists and supervisors in Kenya, Hong Kong, South Africa and Turkey. Her work includes examining counselling and supervision courses at Universities such as Manchester, Cambridge, Nottingham, Edinburgh and Teesside. She is Joint Chair of the Children, Young People and Families Division of BACP, and a supportive member of Counsellors Together UK. She has a busy counselling, supervision and training practice in Darlington and the South of France. https://suepattisonconsulting.com

Course Overview

The Diploma in Clinical Supervision contains all the elements of a high quality course that will help you to gain accreditation as a supervisor. The course is undergoing assessment with the CPD Standards Office. As a course that meets high standards it includes the following components:

  • Knowledge - models and theories of supervision, ethics and the law

  • Skills - the things supervisors need to do

  • Practice - with a training supervisee

  • Expert Clinical Supervision - provided by Dr Sue Pattison or a colleague (additional supervision fees)

Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible to join the course if you are ready to build on your knowledge and skills and extend your practice to supervision. In addition, you must fulfill three criteria and have a successful Skype, Facetime or Phone/WhatsApp interview. You should be:

  • A qualified counsellor or psychotherapist with more than one year of practice experience

  • Already supervising and want a formal qualification

  • Have access to a supervisee to work with for the practice part of the course

Payment of Deposit Instructions

Acceptance onto the course is dependent on a successful interview. If you want a place on the Diploma, follow these instructions please.

  • First of all- email me to let me know you are interested in the Diploma: sue@suepattisonconsulting.com

  • I'll arrange an online interview and let you know there and then whether you have a place on the Diploma

  • I'll email you the details for registering on the course and paying the £60.00 deposit

Course Structure

The course is designed to be completed in a minimum of three months and a maximum of six. This is to allow time for the practice part of the course. The three components of the Diploma are set out here along with the assessment requirements:

  • Knowledge

    This part of the course is online and you will work through the required modules. There are three double modules, each with two main parts, as you will see in the curriculum. You can complete the online modules at your own pace, but one a month is recommended.

  • Skills

    The skills used in your therapeutic work will be built on and those used in supervision will be developed through knowledge from models and theories, but also in your practice as a trainee clinical supervisor. Sue or a colleague will help you develop your practice skills through the supervisory process and additional coaching.

  • Practice

    You will need to work with one supervisee for this course, this will be your training supervisee. You will be required to carry out at least three 90 minute trainee supervision sessions or equivalent to achieve the Diploma. This work will be supervised by Sue or a colleague by Skype or face to face if you are a local student (Darlington or Durham).

  • Assessment

    The course is assessed through submission of a Portfolio of Evidence including a 1) a 2000 word case study pulling together theory, skills and practice; 2) a 1000 word reflective account of your own process of becoming a supervisor 3) feedback sheets from your training supervisee. All other components of the course must be completed.

Course Curriculum

Three double modules, each with two parts.

  • Module One

    1. Becoming a Supervisor 2. Models and Theories

  • Module Two

    1. Stages of Supervision: The Process 2. Ethical and Professional Issues

  • Module Three

    1. Difference and Diversity 2. Professional Development and Practice

Course Fees and Payment Options

All students need to first email Sue to register interest in the course She will arrange an elecronic interview lasting around 30 minutes by Skype or other electronic methods such as FaceTime or WhatsApp video link. sue@suepattisonconsulting.com

Payment Options

These are designed to offer flexibility in how you pay for your course.

  • The full fees can be paid prior to the start of the course, or in three equal payments over the first three months.

  • Fee is £360.00 with a 10% Discount for full payment at the start of the course

  • Deposit £60.00

  • Payment plan is 3 monthly payments of £100.00

  • Supervision costs are in addition to the course fees and you will need three hours of supervision (one hour per month) with Sue or a colleague at £50.00 per hour. Therefore you will need to set aside £150.00 for your training supervision.


If your question isn't listed here, please contact Dr Sue Pattsion. She will be pleased to answer your questions personally. sue@suepattisonconsulting.com

  • What if I don't have a supervisee? ANSWER - This can happen, perhaps you could supervise a colleague for three months, or a counsellor or psychotherapist from your network.

  • Is this course accredited? ANSWER- The Diploma is undergoing assessment for accreditation with the CPD Standards Office.

  • After I've completed this course will I be qualified to supervise? ANSWER - Yes, this is a formal qualification and can be included on your CV and on job applications as a qualification in clinical supervision.