Throughout the career development sector, supervision plays a critical role in personal development and sustaining good practice within ethical and organisational standards.

Supervision sessions offer a neutral and safe space in which to explore and develop practice. They can provide information, clarity, guidance, challenge, insight and validation of career development practice.  As a powerful vehicle for deep learning and enhanced wellbeing it is a key part of professional practice and has long term benefits to the individual, their organisation (if appropriate) and the client.

New guide: Guidance on the Benefits and Delivery of Supervision in the Career Development Sector

In response to requests from CDI Members, this guide has been written by Registered Career Development Professionals, Rachel Mallows and John Walker, supported by the CDI’s Professional Standards Committee and Professional Development Manager

Whether you are thinking of training to be a supervisor or thinking about asking for supervision in your role, this guidance works through the basics of setting up that structure and pointing to additional resources and support.

The guidance covers the following areas:

  • Key Benefits of supervision;
  • Definitions of supervision;
  • Key activities involved in supervision;
  • Explanation of the two forms of supervision;
  • Internal and External Supervision;
  • Reflective Practice in supervision;
  • Models of supervision;
  • Linking supervision to the CDI Code of Ethics;
  • Skills of the supervisor;
  • Skills of the supervisee;
  • What can help things go right;
  • What happens if things go wrong;
  • Case Studies;
  • Sources of Training;
  • Finding a supervisor;
  • Further Information and References.

Recordings of the webinars to introduce this guidance delivered in May 2021 are avaibale in the CPD Resources section, CDI members only. 

Subject to demand there will be costed two and three hour expert training sessions available from March 2022.  Details will be available at: and promoted via News by Email.

For further information on the guidance document and plans for future training sessions please contact the CDI Professional Development Manager,