Mentoring and Supervision

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 08 April 2019
Monday 20 May 2019
14 September 2021


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.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Essay  28/05/2024   

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Marita Vyrgioti, email:
From Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Student Administrator, 5A.202, telephone 01206 874969, email



External examiner

Dr Anthony John Faramelli
Lecturer in Visual Cultures
Available via Moodle
Of 219 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
219 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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