Supervision in different contexts: Internal vs external

An awareness of context is an important consideration for any supervisor. Whether you are providing supervision within your organisation or on an external basis, or a combination of the two, having an awareness of the differences in context and the impact of these will help you to develop and maintain an effective supervisory alliance.  

This course is designed to provide you with the key skills and knowledge to understand the particular advantages and challenges that can arise from supervising in-house compared with an external or self-employed supervisor, and help you to make the most of opportunities and anticipate and manage challenges.

This course is designed to be completed in approximately 90 minutes. This course is available in English only.
You will have access to the course for six months from the date of purchase.
Take a look at this blog where Chartered psychologist and lead author for the course, Ingrid Manning, discusses how context and situation can affect the experience of the supervisor.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you'll be able to:
  1. identify whether you offer mainly external or internal supervision, including whether internal supervision is direct or at arm’s length.
  2. recognise the importance of taking a systemic perspective to grasp the implications of external and internal supervision.
  3. identify the main pros and cons of external and internal supervision, as they apply to both the supervisor and the supervisee.
  4. identify and mitigate the challenges that can arise for an external or internal supervisor, in order to promote a positive and productive supervisory alliance.
  5. make the most of the advantages of being an external or internal supervisor.
  6. maintain high standards of ethical practice that considers whether the context is external or internal supervision.

Is this course right for me? 

This course has been designed for psychologists and colleagues who are experienced and trained supervisors. It will be particularly useful to anyone who is approved as a supervisor via the BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors  



Price: £100 (+ VAT) 
Members: £60 (+ VAT) 
Payments are made at point of purchase through our secure online booking system. 

In addition to the site policies this course is subject to additional terms and conditions.

Booking on behalf of an organisation?

If you or your colleagues are looking to book onto this course as a group you can make savings by booking ten or more places. To find out more about our packages contact


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This course is provided by BPS Professional Development. You can contact us at
You may also be interested in our other courses on BPS Learn, including those related to supervision and your personal development. You can also explore the range of BPS books available via Routledge.