Professional course Supervision Training for Music Therapists

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Health and Social Sciences

30 credit Masters level module

Page last updated 4 October 2021


On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a robust critical reflexivity in their own supervision practice
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of a range of supervision approaches used when supervising creative therapy practitioners
  • Critically engage with current research and practice around creative arts supervision
  • Demonstrate a critical engagement with the complex nature of supervision involving music therapy students on placement
  • Critically evaluate the boundaries and limitations of the student's own supervision
  • Demonstrate detailed awareness and implementation of ethical standards and conduct when using supervisory approaches consistent with the ethical guidelines of the British Association of Music Therapists (BAMT) and the HCPC
  • Demonstrate a competent use of listening and improvisation in music as part of the supervision process

Entry requirements

PGDip or Masters degree in Music Therapy from one of seven recognised UK trainings plus registration as Arts Therapist with HCPC with current access to practice.

Careers / Further study

This (option) module can contribute towards:

MA Therapeutic Music Studies



Introduction to supervision models

  • Supervision in healthcare
  • History of music therapy supervision
  • Co-creation of professional identity
  • Use of musical processes in supervision
  • Educational factors in supervision
  • Psychodynamic supervision
  • Importance of listening and hearing
  • Different media

Professional practice

  • Establishing a contract
  • Record keeping
  • The context of ethics and professional conduct
  • The Creative Arts context
  • Recording and illustrative records

Client groups

  • student supervision
  • the new practitioner
  • the experienced practitioner
  • keeping the client in the frame
  • working with disturbance
  • institutional dynamics

Group supervision models

  • Theory and practice of Balint supervision
  • Working with other professional groups
  • Case studies and scenarios
  • Working with difference

Ethics and professional context

  • Professional body requirements
  • HCPC code of conduct, performance and ethics
  • Supervisory practices within the arts therapies
  • Supervisory practices within psychotherapy

Use of creative materials

  • Musical Dyadic improvisation
  • Musical Group improvisation
  • Parallel process within musical processes
  • Use of recorded music within supervision
  • Use of visual materials within supervision
  • Use of mandalas to represent supervisory relationship
  • Use of other art forms for processing experiences

This module will equip you to develop your own practice as a music therapy supervisor in varying contexts and to recognise your own limitations within this process.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods will include the learning experiences listed below.

Scheduled learning - the workshops will include seminars, demonstrations, lectures, small group activities, individual and paired work and group discussions. You will be asked to prepare papers and reports for discussion.

Following the first intensive three days you will be assigned a particular supervision group facilitated by one of the course tutors and will bring material from their own practice to discuss in this confidential space. This group will meet monthly on the course day in the afternoon. Seminars and lectures will take place in the morning.

Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading, further reading, reflective writing and self-directed study, preparation for lectures and in-class activities, and assignment preparation and completion.

Study time

This module involves experiential delivery in the form of face-to-face workshops with music therapy staff who are experienced supervisors of music therapists, training music therapists and other healthcare professionals.

The course will involve an intensive three-day workshop, followed by a day a month for the remainder of the course, ending with two days for viva presentations. Supervision practice will involve a minimum of 12 hours of face-to-face supervision with further associated hours for supervision, reflection and case notes.

This module generates 300 hours of study time, 48 hours of which will be spent on formal contact time in seminars and workshops. You will be expected to spend:

  • 60-80 hours on supervision practice and associated activities
  • 120-130 on independent learning
  • 40-45 hours on assignment preparation and delivery


Summative assessment
The portfolio will be professionally assessed by course tutors and practice placement educators and the summative assessment of both portfolio and viva will be linked to the standards of performances, conduct and ethics identified by the HCPC and will be clearly identified through the appraisal process of the portfolio and the written feedback from the viva.

All learning outcomes will be based on a professional practice portfolio and a viva presentation of a maximum of 30 minutes to the student cohort and examiners, followed by a discussion of 15 minutes maximum. The portfolio will include a log of hours spent on supervision activity, a written case study of your own supervision work, a reflective account of supervision received, an appraisal from the seminar group leader, a self-appraisal and a reflective reading account. The word count within the portfolio excluding appraisals and logs will amount to 5,000 words.

Formative assessment/feedback
Opportunities for you to gain feedback on your developing understandings and knowledge and your musical, supervisory and critical evaluation skills will be embedded throughout the module, e.g., in group seminars, discussions and small group activities.

You will be required to share your understandings and skills with teaching staff, and teaching staff will provide you with feedback on the appropriateness/level of your understandings and skills.

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