Supervision Training

What’s on offer?

ARC offers Study Days & Advanced Workshops linked to Clinical Supervision.

Study Days include:

Clinical Supervision in SLT: Strengthening your Toolkit is for those who want to strengthen their knowledge and skills as a supervisor or be a more informed supervisee. This study day which focuses on Clinical (aka Professional Supervision) and explores Reflective Cycles, Conversational frameworks, along with Solution Focused and Strengths Based Supervision. You gain a range of techniques to add to your Supervision Toolkit.

Being a Good Supervisee & Reflective Practitioner : The Foundations of Supervision. This gives a good grounding in the roots of clinical supervision in reflective practice plus the foundations of being a Reflective Practitioner. It also gives a basic introduction or refresher to Clinical/Professional Supervision. A positive supervisory relationship depends as much on the Supervisee and Ruth at ARC has a special interest the skills we need to be ‘good supervisees’. It also covers Reflective Writing when recording your CPD. It can be a useful first step prior to attending Clinical Supervision in SLT.

A Study Day for SLTs Supporting Assistants . A focused Study Day exploring the role of the SLT as supervisor, manager, leader when working with Assistant Practitioners. The HEE and RCSLT Competency Profiles are explored. The emphasis is on putting the new framework into practice in a busy workplace within the realities of limited time resource. These is opportunity to share experiences and ideas in small groups.

Advanced Workshops

ARC offers several Advanced Supervision Courses for those who wish to extend their skills as a supervisor.

There are 3 Advanced Workshops for those who have experience as Supervisors. These are based on the Functions of Supervision (Brigid Procter).

Restorative/Supportive Supervision. This explores strategies supporting those who are stressed at work or reducing likelihood of burnout. Supporting Resilience in both management& clinical supervision

Developmental (Educative) Supervision. This is focused on helping supervisees as they learn new skills and develop in their role, perhaps Early Career colleagues or students on placement.

Leading Group Supervision. The specific skillset and ‘know how’ linked with leading a Supervision Group. Exploring practicalities, positives & pitfalls.

There are also a variety of Short Workshops on Associated Skills in Leadership, Supervision and Self Development e.g. Appreciative Leadership & Coaching, Time and Energy Management.

These Workshops give an opportunity to explore theory and practical skills on topics linked to supervision, leadership & self development. These include:

  • Appreciative Leadership & Coaching
  • Mindful Leadership
  • Reflective Writing
  • Strengths Based Supervision

Further Information/ Booking


The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Wider Options


Training can sometimes be offered individually if calendar/capacity allows. An individual course gives you a fast track to skills when you don’t want to wait for the next scheduled course.

Bespoke Options for Teams

Training can also be offered individually in 1 to 1, or for a Team, or a small group of colleagues who work together. The content can be adapted for the needs of Teams.

Contact Ruth at ARC for a conversation about your needs and how courses can be adapted for your situation. There is more opportunity to work on specific scenarios relating to your workplace.

Ruth’s Book

Reflective Clinical Supervision in Speech and Language Therapy: Strengthening Supervision Skills

On 31 Oct 22 Ruth at ARCs book on Supervision in SLT was published by Routledge/Speechmark. The content does, of course, inform the content of the courses offered at ARC.

This book de-mystifies supervision in speech and language therapy, focusing on the practicalities and pitfalls. Clinicians are encouraged to reflect on their individual style as a supervisor and the tools they utilise to make a successful supervisory relationship.

Drawing on previous experience, Howes offers a combination of reflective, solution-focused, and strengths-based approaches, covering topics such as:

  • The importance of the supervisory conversation
  • Ways to ensure conversations are reflective and appreciative, supportive yet challenging
  • The training needed to be effective supervisors and ‘good supervisees’
  • The functions of supervision and how these change over time for each clinician, from learning new clinical skills to support in time and energy management
  • Practical resources for busy clinicians, making it a manual of insights and support for supervision in SLT

The ARC approach:

Ruth has an MA in Professional Training & Development during which she focused on Reflective Practice, Clinicial Supervision and Work Based Learning. She then set up Clinical Supervision policy and systems, which involved training around 250 practitioners in 3 NHS Departments.

ARC stands for Appreciative, Reflective Supervision & CPD. Ruth is determined to spread the word about the importance of Clinical/Professional Supervision in keeping therapists ‘well at work”, avoiding burnout and maintaining high quality in service delivery.