The role of the Co-ordinating Supervisor (CS) is crucial in guiding candidates through to successful completion of the Qualification in Counselling Psychology (QCoP). This page is intended to be a source of support for those who take on the role of CS for candidates enrolled for the Society's Qualification in Counselling Psychology. If there is anything that you would like to see on this webpage please contact the Qualifications Office.
Handbooks and Regulations
The Candidate Handbook and Regulations for the Society's Postgraduate Qualifications can be downloaded from the main QCoP webpage.
In addition, the Counselling Psychology Qualifications Board has produced a Supervisor Handbook which it is hoped will offer greater support to those in roles supporting candidates through the QCoP.
New CSs need to undertake full training before being approved in the role. This training consists of two distance learning modules and a face-to-face workshop. If you are interested in undertaking this training please contact the Qualifications Office.
Once approved, CSs must attend a CS workshop at least once every two years in order to maintain approval. This requirement is to ensure that CSs are up-to-date with QCoP requirements and regulations in order to best support their trainees.
Communication with your trainee's practice and (if applicable) research supervisors
As a CS, you might need to be in contact with your trainee's practice and (if applicable) research supervisors. Please ensure that you discuss with your supervisee and their supervisor(s) how to best facilitate this contact.
Plan of Training Update
All candidates are required to submit an Updated Plan of Training by 1 July each year as a condition of enrolment and also to allow them to register for assessment by the deadline in the following November. Please work with your trainee to complete the forms by this deadline. You will also need to read and sign your trainee's Practice Report Form (and Research Report Form, if applicable) once these have been completed by the respective supervisor. These can be downloaded from the QCoP webpage. These forms must be submitted as hard signed copies.
Quarterly Review of Development Objectives
Ongoing candidates will need to submit a quarterly review of their development objectives which will be completed in conjunction with their CS at the quarterly face-to-face meeting. Quarterly review forms will need to be received by 1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October each year. The form due on 1 July will need to accompany the PoT update and the due date for PoT updates is therefore also 1 July.
Submission deadline for assessed work
Your trainee will approach you for support in preparing pieces of work for submission and the accompanying Checklists for Submission of Work. In order to support your trainee in this process, please familiarise yourself with the requirements and marking criteria for assessed work which can be found in the Candidate Handbook for the QCoP. The template AU feedback sheets used by the Board are also available for CSs and candidates to see. Submission deadlines can be found on the Assessment Timetable.
Any other questions
Please contact the Qualifications Office if you have any questions which are not answered above or on the QCoP Downloads webpage.
We would like candidates, CSs and practice supervisors and research supervisors to feel able to provide feedback about all aspects of the Qualification, as this may help to inform future reviews of the Candidate Handbook and Regulations. If you have any feedback or suggestions that you wish to offer, please feel welcome to submit these in writing to the Chair of the Counselling Psychology Qualifications Board care of the Society's Leicester office, or via email to email@example.com putting "QCoP Feedback" in the subject box. Many thanks.