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Essentials of Clinical Supervision

Learn the essential skills of clinical supervision
Essential Clinical Supervision

About this course

The "Essentials of Clinical Supervision" course is specially designed for “supervisors-in-training” (SITs), as well as existing clinical supervisors to further develop their theoretical knowledge and practice in clinical supervision/ consultation. Counselling students, psychologists, counsellors, systemic therapists and social workers involved in therapy work will also benefit from having a sound and solid foundation in this clinical supervision course.


Learners should have:

  1. A basic working understanding of written and spoken English.
  2. Completed a basic degree in Counselling/Social Work/Psychology or its equivalent from a recognised university.

Course Access Period

Please note that this is an online self-paced asynchronous course where learners will be granted two months of access from the enrolment date. Do also note that the course tile may take up to 48 hours to show up on your dashboard after purchase, and your access will start after it has been made accessible.

What you will learn

  • Examine the theory and practice of clinical supervision in counselling & systemic therapy/ practice.
  • Assess the best practices, competency-based clinical supervision, and supervision pedagogy, as well as critique the different modalities in supervision.
  • Appraise the supervisory relationship and experience of supervision.
  • Discuss the integration of “Person-of-the-Therapist/Supervisor” (POTT/S) and evaluation in clinical supervision.
  • Debate the ethical and professional issues in clinical supervision.
  • Organize the learning to think like a supervisor and integrating spirituality in therapy/ clinical supervision.


You must complete an online quiz with a passing score of 80% in order to be awarded a certificate. You will be given three attempts to achieve the passing score. The system will only capture the highest score.

Course Staff

Dr Charles Sim, PhD
Master of Counselling and Couple & Family Therapy Programme
Graduate Diploma in Systemic Therapy Programme


Dr. Charles Sim, PhD, graduated from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, with a Master of Science in Family Therapy in 2002. He did his clinical training at the Department of Child and Family Psychiatry, King's College Hospital, as well as the renowned Maudsley Psychiatric Hospital in London, England. He then went on to complete his doctorate in Couple and Family Therapy at the University of Minnesota (USA), including specialized training at the Minuchin Family Centre (NYC), Gottman Institute (Seattle), and Medical Family Therapy at the Medical Centre, Rochester University (USA). Charles received further supervisory training in “Integrative Systemic Therapy” from Prof. Douglas Breunlin (Northwestern University, USA). He was the visiting consultant and clinical supervisor in systemic family therapy at the Psychological Medicine Department, National University Hospital, Singapore.

As the former Head of the ... Master of Counselling programme at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), Charles developed the Master of Counselling, specializing in Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) and the Graduate Diploma in Systemic Therapy programmes. He revamped the “Clinical Supervision in Counselling and Systemic Therapy” course, as well as taught and supervised graduate students in CFT and qualitative research methodology.

In collaboration with UniLEARN-SUSS, Charles designed the online “Essentials of Clinical Supervision” and the “Supervision-of-Supervision” training courses. At the moment, he is training a group of supervisor-in-training (SIT) at the Mental Health Services (MHS) Centre, Beijing Normal University. Charles is a clinical member of the Association of Marital and Family Therapy (Singapore), and a fellow of the Asian Academy of Family Therapy (Hong Kong). He is also the master trainer for the “Marital First Responder” (MFR) and the “Person-of-the-Therapist” (POTT) Model training workshops.

  • Start: Available Now
  • Length: 16 hours
  • Price: S$174.40 (including GST)
  • Course Provider: SUSS
  • Subject: Social Sciences
  • Language: English




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