Mentoring and Supervision

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 08 April 2019
Monday 20 May 2019
28 November 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA LX5C Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisations

Module description

This module is designed to enable the students to take up a mentoring or supervisory role in their organisation by equipping them with theoretical understanding of the dynamics of that role, and by considering in depth their mentoring or supervision experience

Module aims

• Develop the students’ capacity to take up a more senior role in their agencies
• Improve their understanding of and skill in supervisory/mentoring relationships
• Recognise the basic models, aims and terminology used in mentoring, supervision and coaching
• Provide an experience in a mentoring role

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will have gained:
• A good understand of the theory of mentoring and supervision, and an introductory knowledge of coaching
• A greater understanding of the dynamics of the mentoring/supervision relationship
• An understanding of how the dynamic relationship between the mentoring couple reflects the mentee’s relationship with their clients and the organisational dynamics
• A capacity to intervene effectively in the mentoring relationship when problems occur

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Seminar 1 – Theory Seminar: Students will discuss readings on the topic of mentoring and supervision, primarily but not solely from a psychodynamic perspective. Workshop 1 – Students have the opportunity to participate in brief mentoring sessions which others can observe. Each week some students will pair up as a mentor and mentee and participate in a brief mentoring session. This session acts as a live learning exercise - for the experience of mentoring, the developing of skills and a place to consider how the theory relates to the practice. We learn together in an open and reflective way. There will also be a Reflective Group at the end of this module. Seminar 2 – Observation Seminar: Students will bring descriptions of mentoring experience gained in their workplace to present and discuss.


  • Hughes, Lynette; Pengelly, Paul. (1997) Staff supervision in a turbulent environment: managing process and task in front-line services, London: Jessica Kingsley.
  • Omand, Liz. (2009) Supervision in counselling and psychotherapy: an introduction, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. vol. Basic texts in counselling and psychotherapy
  • David Clutterbuck. (2014) Everyone needs a mentor, London: CIPD.
  • Mattinson, Janet; Tavistock Institute of Marital Studies. (1992) The reflection process in casework supervision, London: Institute of Marital Studies, Tavistock Institute of Human Relations.
  • Jane Pooley. (2006) 'Layers of meaning: A coaching journey', in Executive coaching: systems-psychodynamic perspective, London: Karnac., pp.113-130
  • B., Garvey. (c1995) 'Peer mentoring, Supported by a Consultant: Jane Smith with John Jones', in Mentoring in action: a practical guide for managers, London: Kogan Page., pp.175-188
  • Yvonne Burger. (©2014) 'Analytic Coaching: In Search of Insight', in Coaching with colleagues: an action guide for one-to-one learning, New York: Palgrave Macmillan., pp.85-100

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Essay     

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Leonardo Niro Nascimento, email:
From Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Student Administrator, 5A.202, telephone 01206 874969, email



External examiner

Dr Gary Winship
University of Nottingham
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 21 hours, 21 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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