Supervision Training for Music Therapists

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

This course is offered at Masters level and is delivered at our Glenside Campus. To apply you must hold a PGDip or Master's degree in Music Therapy from one of seven recognised UK trainings. You must also be a registered Arts Therapist with HCPC with current access to practice.

Course content includes:

  • Introduction to Supervision Models:
    • Supervision in healthcare
    • History of music therapy supervision
    • Co-creation of professional identity
    • Use of musical processes in supervision
    • Educational factors in supervision
    • Psychodynamic supervision
    • Importance of listening and hearing
    • Different media.
  • Professional practice:
    • Establishing a contract
    • Eecord keeping
    • The context of ethics and professional conduct
    • The Creative Arts context
    • Recording and illustrative records.
  • Client groups:
    • Student supervision
    • The new practitioner
    • The experienced practitioner
      • Keeping the client in the frame
      • Working with disturbance
      • Institutional dynamics.
    • Group supervision models:
      • Theory and practice of Balint supervision
      • Working with other professional groups
      • Case studies and scenarios
      • Working with difference.
    • Ethics and professional context:
      • Professional body requirements
      • HCPC code of conduct, performance and ethics
      • Supervisory practices within the arts therapies
      • Supervisory practices within psychotherapy.
    • Use of creative materials:
      • Musical Dyadic improvisation
      • Musical Group improvisation
      • Parallel process within musical processes
      • Use of recorded music within supervision
      • Use of visual materials within supervision
      • Use of mandalas to represent supervisory relationship
      • Use of other art forms for processing experiences.


    The course will involve an intensive three-day workshop, followed by a day a month for the remainder of the course, ending with two days for viva presentations. Supervision practice will involve a minimum of 12 hours of face-to-face supervision with further associated hours for supervision, reflection and case notes.

    This module generates 300 hours of study time, 48 hours of which will be spent on formal contact time in seminars and workshops. You will be expected to spend:

    • 60-80 hours on supervision practice and associated activities
    • 120-130 on independent learning
    • 40-45 hours on assignment preparation and delivery.
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