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COURSE TITLE Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision








P.G.Cert. (Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

2 Semesters

Part-time Evening


Dione Mifsud

The overarching aim of this postgraduate certificate is to equip qualified and practising counsellors with the skills and knowledge to provide professional supervision.

Based on local and international research, the heart of the programme is counselling supervision practice, individually and in small groups. The teaching and learning activities in class will be supported by online resources. There will be opportunities to engage with current developments in supervision in different cultural and organisational settings.
LEARNING OUTCOMES - study the principal theories and models of supervision,
- analyse research evidence on supervision,
- explore the social, cultural and organisational contexts in which supervision takes place,
- examine the challenges and dilemmas, including ethical issues, which arise in counselling supervision
- develop supervision skills and self-awareness as a supervisor through practising supervision skills on the course, undertaking a counselling supervision placement
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Counselling supervision is mandatory for counsellors and professionals in kindred professions. Graduates from this programme will be able to supervise counsellors in educational, health, community and transcultural settings as well as provide supervision for counsellors who practice privately. Counselling supervision as a discipline can also be an area that can be researched in different cultural and ethnic settings.
COURSE INTENDED FOR This postgraduate certificate targets qualified practicing counsellors who want to be come counsellor – supervisor, as described in the Counselling Profession Act.
To be registered as regular students in the Course, applicants must be in possession of a Master in Counselling or Master of Arts in Transcultural Counselling from this University or an equivalent qualification in counselling from another higher education institution recognised by Senate subject to the approval of the Board.

Applicants referred to above are also required to have a minimum of 3 years of supervised experience in a counselling setting. This experience should be obtained after applicants have been awarded the qualification indicated above.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 12 students.

When the number is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected according to the following criteria, which shall be weighted as follows:

(a) degree type and classification - 20%
(b) work experience in the area or a related field - 15%
(c) professional aptitude and disposition - 55%
(d) references - 5%
(e) supervisor’s report - 5%

All applicants shall be required to demonstrate that they have the necessary aptitude and disposition to follow the Course with profit.

(a) Professional aptitude and disposition shall be measured by means of exercises involving an extended personal interview.

(b) Applicants who obtain less than 60% for the professional aptitude and disposition criterion shall automatically not be admitted into the Course.

The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three members.

For the purpose of selection, applicants whose qualifications and experience as stipulated above were obtained by 31 August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first.

Whilst filling in the online application, applicants must have the Police Certificate of Conduct in hand as they must include certain details from it in the application form.

On acceptance on the course, applicants will also be asked to submit an original Police Certificate of Conduct (not more than 6 months old) to the Faculty for Social Wellbeing.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2017.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.


Last Updated: 16 January 2018
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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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