Group Facilitator, Group Therapist/Counsellor, Group Psychotherapist

Applicants must demonstrate throughout the application a capacity to work with clients/groups from a variety of different communities and have the ability to work with issues of difference, including 1) cultural differences as a result of belonging to minority ethnic groups, 2) sexuality and gender differences, 3) work with people who have mental health difficulties and/or are differently abled, and . 4) faith and spiritual beliefs and practice and 5) class and socio-cultural background. They need to demonstrate how they address these and give examples from their practice of how they might work with someone who is different from them.

1. Group Facilitator

A Group Facilitator is someone with the proven ability to facilitate the process of groups of limited duration and specific focus. Such groups would usually be subject specific and have a clearly defined set of goals and outcome related to the subject. For example, smoking cessation groups or assertiveness training. Whilst such groups will adhere to humanistic principles they will usually have an educative and cognitive focus rather than an overt dynamic or emotional one.

Criteria for Accreditation as Group Facilitator

1.1 The applicant may have specific relevant subject training and may also have undertaken group facilitation skills training.

1.2 The applicant will have a demonstrable record of facilitating groups over a period of not less than two years and be able to provide testimonials to this fact from a supervisor and one other.

1.3 The applicant will submit a written account of one group process, if appropriate covering a number of sessions, outlining the intentions, methods and outcomes of the group. The written account will be between 2000 and 2500 words.

1.4 Application will be followed by an interview with representatives of the Membership and Accreditation Committee.

2. Group Therapist/Counsellor

A Group Therapist/Counsellor is someone with specific training and the proven ability to lead a group, perhaps with an overall stated focus e.g. a ‘men’s group’ or a ‘personal development group’, but where the focus is on the overt emotional process rather than the cognitive or instrumental.

Criteria for Accreditation as Group Therapist/Counsellor

2.1 The applicant will have specific group therapist/counsellor training, of no less than 120 hours.

2.2 The applicant will have completed a minimum of three years supervised practice in their chosen group discipline and amounting to no less than 250 hours of supervised groupwork practice. A satisfactory supervisors report will be submitted to this effect.

2.3 The applicant will have undertaken personal group therapy, in the same ongoing group, for no less than 105 hours. Written evidence of the necessary group attendance will be required.

2.4 At the time of application the applicant will be maintaining a groupwork practice comprising no less than two ongoing groups. The work ethos of the groups will be consistent with the Group Therapist/Counsellor category of this document.

2.5 The applicant will submit a case study of a group process, facilitated by them, of no less than 6 months duration demonstrating their commitment to a humanistic mode of working. The case study will show evidence of the applicant’s ability to work in a dynamic way, with deep emotional process, and to maintain that process over a period of time. The case study will also demonstrate the applicant’s understanding of groupwork theory and their ability to apply such to the live situation. The case study will be between 5000 and 6000 words.

2.6 Application will be followed by an interview with representatives of the Membership and Accreditation Committee.

3. Group Psychotherapist

A Group Psychotherapist is someone with extensive specific group training and the proven ability to lead a long-term ongoing group with a focus on deep characterological transformation through the medium of the dynamics of the group process. Such a group will have a stated focus specifically on the dynamics of unconscious process as revealed in the behavioural dynamics of the group interactions. The Group Psychotherapist will be competent to work with deep, hidden dynamics and be able to relate such application to a clearly articulated body of theoretical knowledge.

Criteria for Accreditation as Group Psychotherapist

3.1 Applicant are advised that accreditation as Group Psychotherapist carries the same general requirements as with applications for individual Psychotherapist, with regard to personal maturity and the ability to demonstrate the equivalent of a post-graduate level of academic functioning. In this respect, the applicant is referred to the general comments in the criteria for Psychotherapist accreditation. In particular, the applicant is asked to take due consideration of criteria nos. 1, 7 and 8. With regard to the Mental Health Familiarisation placement, as detailed in criterion no. 9, there is no specific requirement that applicants for Group Psychotherapist undertake this but, in the case of accreditation through the experience route, this would be viewed as highly advantageous to the success of the application.

3.2 The applicant will have been accredited by UKAHPP or an equivalent organisation as an individual Psychotherapist.

3.3 The applicant will have undertaken specific group psychotherapy training of no less than two years duration and amounting to a minimum of 275 tutor hours.

3.4 The applicant will have, post qualification, completed a minimum of three years supervised practice in their chosen group discipline and amounting to no less than 400 hours of supervised groupwork practice. A satisfactory supervisors report will be submitted to this effect.

3.5 The applicant will have undertaken personal group therapy, in the same ongoing group, for no less than 160 hours. Written evidence of the necessary group attendance will be required.

3.6 At the time of application the applicant will be maintaining a groupwork practice constituting a minimum of two ongoing groups, with no less than five group members in each group. The groups will be consistent with the work ethos detailed in the Group Psychotherapist category of this document and be of significant duration. In this instance, UKAHPP considers a significant duration to be no less than six months.

3.7 The applicant will submit written pieces of work as follows: a substantial written piece of no less than 10000 words, which may have been prepared as part of the training requirement, and two case studies of groups, of no less than six months duration, demonstrating the applicant’s ability to work consistently as a Humanistic Group Psychotherapist. The case studies shall be between 5000 and 5500 words.

3.8 Application will be followed by a interview with representatives of the Membership and Accreditation Committee.

Experience and Equal Opportunity Route to Accreditation in the Group Categories

In all group categories detailed in this document applications are welcomed from those who, whilst not meeting the specific criteria detailed, consider that either their experience, or the limitations of their personal circumstances render them suitable candidates for accreditation.

In the case of the experience route, the applicant will submit a portfolio of evidence of appropriate formal training, personal development, work history and Continuing Professional Development. An ‘experienced’ group worker is considered by the Membership and Accreditation Committee to be having at least eight years clinical experience as a group worker in their chosen category. The onus will be on the applicant to submit a reasoned case for accreditation in their preferred category and, in these special circumstances it is recommended that the advice of UKAHPP be sought prior to submission of the application.

Additionally, applicants for Group Psychotherapist by the experience and equal opportunity route must have previously been accredited with UKAHPP as individual psychotherapists.

Jan Holton admin@ahpp.org
UKAHPP
BCM AHPP LONDON WC1N 3XX
(tel: 08457 660326)