Athlone, Dublin & Galway

Diploma in Supervision across Professions - A Holistic Approach

IACP Accredited
Recognised by IAHIP

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Entry is by submission of an Application Form and all applicants are subject to interview.

Course Fee


Payment plan options are available for learners – please contact for more information.

Course Facilitators/Core Tutors

  • Anne Marie Lowry, MA, Qualified Supervisor
  • Dr Bobby Moore, International Supervision Expert, Master Trainer and author
  • Liz O’Driscoll, MA in Supervisory Practice, MIACP, Accredited Supervisor
  • Tom Moran, MA, MIACP, MSAI.


Blended Delivery
for 2023-2024 Academic Year

Coláiste Chiaráin, Summerhill, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, N37 AH97

Online – using Zoom platform

At ICPPD our commitment is to holistic development at all times. In recent times we have experienced facilitating many of our programmes online and using distance learning methods in various ways. We have learned that learning outcomes were able to be facilitated with surprising possibilities and wholesome results.

Going forward, while we remain committed to the particular opportunities offered in the face-to-face group learning experience, we will be offering some of the training online using Zoom and our VLE, making for an increasingly rich learning experience for learners.


November 2023
Please contact to enquire about 2023/2024 Academic Year commencement date.


110 hours (plus) part-time course, delivered over 7 weekends/15 days, 9.30am – 5.30pm

In addition, there are a maximum of group feedback sessions during the year – 2 Friday evenings [5.30 pm – 7.30 pm], plus an individual progression meeting at the end of your course.

All dates will be scheduled and identified on the programme timetable at the commencement of the programme.


To facilitate broader and deeper learning for programme participants, a minimum of 2 weekends will be facilitated by International Guest Facilitators/experts in the area of Supervision.

Attendance at all training days, evenings and progression meetings is mandatory to successfully complete the programme and qualify for the award of Diploma.

ICPPD endorses and appreciates supervision as a profession in its own right. Supervision, and the associated intellectual, emotional, financial and time commitment, is seen as an investment in a useful personal and professional resource. ICPPD’s philosophy, and that of the programme, supports supervision in the facilitation of learning which includes the knowledge, competence and skills required for the management of the supervisory context, environment and relationship, the ongoing ethical requirement of self-care, and the ultimate responsibility for good practice and quality service for clients engaging in therapy and with other helping professions.

Why Supervision?

We are moving into a new era of supervision characterised by a capacity for across-professional practice based on philosophies of learning rather than particular professional practices. As we do so the previous language of ‘contracting’, which highlighted roles and responsibilities, becomes less helpful. We will explore the process of negotiating and evaluating ‘learning agreements’ with supervisees.

In doing this we will consider the supervisory relationship as a participative inquiry. Within the framework of action research, both supervisors and supervisees engage in critical reflexivity and we will explore the benefit of reflexive learning journals. Dr Bobby Moore

Supervision is a place where a supervisee offers an account of their work, reflect on it and receive guidance, if appropriate. Carroll 2001.

Supervision is seen by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) as vital to the process and ongoing maintenance of a Counsellor’s/Psychotherapist’s competency and continued accreditation.

All IACP Members working as Counsellor/Psychotherapists are bound by the IACP Code of Ethics and Practice to monitor their work through regular Supervision, to ensure that their standard of Counselling/ Psychotherapy is competent and continues to develop.

“You know that I don't believe that anyone has ever taught anything to anyone. I question that efficacy of teaching. The only thing that I know is that anyone who wants to learn will learn. And maybe a teacher is a facilitator, a person who puts things down and shows people how exciting and wonderful it is and asks them to eat.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Advanced Diploma for Supervision Across the Professions.  I was attracted to the course because of the numerous recommendations it had received from previous attendees and because of the holistic approach.  The size of the group allowed the space and time for the experiential aspect of the course to be delivered and I experienced it as a place for deep learning. The course tutor (Anne Marie) was excellent. She facilitated a safe space for learning at a pace that was really conducive to me getting the most from the experience. I feel it has been a very valuable and worthwhile experience and I would encourage those seeking supervision training to enrol.”  "


Since its foundation, ICPPD has taken the steps necessary to ensure the delivery of a quality service in an environment that is characterised by an attitude to adult learners that is supportive and encouraging. We aim to provide an experience of learning that will develop in learners a hunger for both heart-centred wisdom and critical analysis. Our programmes are designed to be participative, experiential and to draw whenever possible on prior lived experience. The programme’s academic value is enhanced by a learning environment that is warm, vibrant, and genuine. Learners and staff interact in a mutual effort to engage in and promote the concept of lifelong learning. ICPPD’s holistic ethos underpins all interaction. This programme has been designed and is delivered, by staff who are passionate and inspired about the merit of personal development and excellence in professional counselling and psychotherapy training and education.

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ICPPD reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify in any way the matters contained in this publication.

The College reserves the right to amend the list of modules being offered for any programme.