Supervisor

Introduction

A Supervisor is considered to be an accredited psychotherapy and/or counselling practitioner who has either completed a training in supervision or has achieved the same level of competence through apprenticeship within the profession. (For precise definitions of these two options see below). As supervisor he or she is capable of entering into and appropriately maintaining a mutually agreed contract with another psychotherapist/counsellor (the supervisee) in order to examine and understand the supervisee’s work with clients. UKAHPP places emphasis not only on formal training but also on the creative use of knowledge gained in training, and qualities of creativity, openness, warmth and maturity. Applicants should demonstrate these qualities. UKAHPP also welcomes applications from supervisors previously accredited with another organisation.

Applicants must demonstrate throughout the application a capacity to work with supervisees and/or their supervisees’ clients 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 supervising someone or the therapeutic work of someone, who is different from them.

Please note that this is not an accreditation for supervisors who exclusively supervise group therapists.

The application pack comprises:

1) Supervisor Application Top Sheet (separate page with your personal details etc which must accompany your full application)

2) Application Outline and Requirements (this document) which includes:-

  • Criteria A
  • Criteria B
  • Criteria C
  • Application requirements

3) Supervisor report form (separate page to be filled in by your supervisor for supervision work and submitted as part of your application).

Application for supervisor accreditation is open only to members of UKAHPP. Non-members may join first as an Associate member (see website for details, or contact the administrator), and then apply for supervisor accreditation and Full membership. The full application package will then be provided.

You may apply for supervisor accreditation if you fulfil either Criteria A or Criteria B.

2 CRITERIA A. GRADUATE OF A SUPERVISION TRAINING

1. The applicant has a minimum of 5 years of post-qualification supervised practice as a psychotherapist / counsellor and is currently in practice as a psychotherapist / counsellor.

2. The applicant is accredited / registered as a psychotherapist or counsellor by one of the following organisations: UKAHPP, UKCP, BPC, BPS, BACP, ACAT

3. The applicant must remain in practice as psychotherapist or counsellor whilst accredited as a supervisor.

4. The applicant demonstrates an understanding of what it means to work within a Humanistic framework.

5. The supervision training undertaken has provided 72 hours of direct tutor-trainee contact time and has included a significant theoretical underpinning reflected in the reading material and written assignments, which would have included a substantial piece of written work (3000-5000 words).

6. The applicant is in supervision for their supervision practice either by a contract specific to the applicant’s supervision practice or by the applicant having the same supervisor for therapy clients as for supervisees. The supervisor will confirm in their report that the applicant has fulfilled the 200 contact hours of clinical supervision.

7. The applicant has at least two years experience of supervised supervision practice, with a minimum of 200 contact hours with supervisees. In addition the applicant has supervised the minimum of two practitioners working with a varied range of client issues which include long-term work.

8. The applicant has worked or is working as a supervisor in private practice, and/or in an agency/NHS setting, and/or as a Training Supervisor in context of a training organisation.

9. The applicant can demonstrate the differences between working with experienced or novice supervisees as well as with supervisees in training.

10.  The applicant agrees to abide by UKAHPP ethical codes and procedures, to remain in good standing, including CPD requirements, and to maintain membership by payment of an annual fee.

11. The Administrator will consult with organisations of which the applicant is currently or was previously a member, to authenticate the applicant’s statement regarding complaints previously or currently brought against them.

3 CRITERIA B. EXPERIENCED SUPERVISION PRACTITIONER

1. The applicant has a minimum of 5 years of post-qualification supervised practice as a psychotherapist / counsellor and is currently in practice as a psychotherapist / counsellor.

2. The applicant is accredited / registered as a psychotherapist or counsellor by one of the following organisations: UKAHPP, UKCP, BPC, BPS, BACP, ACAT

3. The applicant must remain in practice as psychotherapist or counsellor whilst accredited as a supervisor.

4. The applicant demonstrates an understanding of what it means to work within a Humanistic framework.

5. The applicant is in supervision for their supervision practice either by a contract specific to the applicant’s supervision practice or by the applicant having the same supervisor for therapy clients as for supervisees. The supervisor will confirm in their report that the applicant has fulfilled the 200 contact hours of clinical supervision.

6. The applicant has been supervising other practitioners for at least 3 years, totalling a minimum of 300 contact hours. In addition the applicant has supervised the minimum of two practitioners working with a varied range of client issues which include long-term work.

7. The applicant has worked or is working as a supervisor in private practice, and/or in an agency/NHS setting, and/or as a Training Supervisor in context of a training organisation.

8. The applicant can demonstrate the differences between working with experienced or novice supervisees as well as with supervisees in training.

9. The applicant agrees to abide by UKAHPP ethical codes and procedures, to remain in good standing, including CPD requirements, and to maintain membership by payment of an annual fee.

10. The Administrator will consult with organisations of which the applicant is currently or was previously a member, to authenticate the applicant’s statement regarding complaints previously or currently brought against them.

4. CRITERIA C. CATEGORY OF SUPERVISOR PREVIOUSLY ACCREDITED WITH ANOTHER ORGANISATION

1.The applicant produces suitable evidence of BACP /COSRT, ACAT (or other) Supervisor accreditation.

2. The applicant has a minimum of 5 years of post-qualification supervised practice as a psychotherapist / counsellor and is currently in practice as a psychotherapist / counsellor.

3. The applicant is accredited / registered as a psychotherapist or counsellor for three years by one of the following organisations: UKAHPP, UKCP, BPC, BPS, BACP, ACAT

4. The applicant must remain in practice as psychotherapist or counsellor whilst accredited as a supervisor.

5. The applicant demonstrates an understanding of what it means to work within a Humanistic/Integrative Framework.

6. The applicant is in supervision for their supervision practice either by a contract specific to the applicant’s supervision practice or by the applicant having the same supervisor for therapy clients as for supervisees. The supervisor will confirm in their report that the applicant has fulfilled the 200 contact hours of clinical supervision.

7. The applicant has been supervising other practitioners for at least 2 years, totalling a minimum of 200 contact hours. In addition the applicant has supervised the minimum of two practitioners working with a varied range of client issues which include long-term work.

8. The applicant has worked or is working as a supervisor in private practice, and/or in an agency/NHS setting, and/or as a Training Supervisor in context of a training organisation.

9. The applicant can demonstrate the differences between working with experienced or novice supervisees as well as with supervisees in training.

10. The applicant agrees to abide by UKAHPP ethical codes and procedures, to remain in good standing, including CPD requirements, and to maintain membership by payment of an annual fee.

11. The applicant will explain the reasons for leaving their previous accrediting organization,

12. The Administrator will consult with organisations of which the applicant is currently or was previously a member, to authenticate the applicant’s statement regarding complaints previously or currently brought against them.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants from  Criteria A are asked to cover all the areas presented below.

1. WRITTEN COMPONENT

3000 word (plus or minus 10% of word count) essay Please create your own title for the essay. In a piece of original work, not submitted elsewhere and representing your current practice, describe the theoretical and philosophical framework that informs your thinking as a supervisor, drawing on your own thoughts, opinions and experiences. Demonstrate how your theoretical framework informs your supervision practice, including specific examples. Include your experience of supervision as a supervisee.

OR

3000 word (plus or minus 10% of word count) case study
An original account of work with one supervisee or supervision group. not submitted elsewhere. Describe the setting and the making of the contract. Include vignettes illustrating your approach, specifically demonstrating in which way your supervision is Humanistic/ Integrative. Show how you handled difficulties encountered, how the work developed over time, and any outcomes for all concerned. Include your experience of supervision as a supervisee. Demonstrate congruence between your theory and practice.

In these pieces of written work the following should be demonstrated:

An understanding of diversity, reflective practice, the developmental stage of the supervisee ie experienced or novice, or in training, the boundaries between therapy and supervision, the frame of supervision and an understanding of the dynamic processes of supervision.

Applicants from Criterion B are asked to cover all the areas presented below.

I. WRITTEN COMPONENT

3000 word (plus or minus 10% of word count) essay. Please create your own title for the essay. In a piece of original work, not submitted elsewhere and representing your current practice, describe the theoretical and philosophical framework that informs your thinking as a supervisor, drawing on your own thoughts, opinions and experiences. Demonstrate how your theoretical framework informs your supervision practice, including specific examples. Include your experience of supervision as a supervisee.

AND

3000 word (plus or minus 10% of word count) case study
An original account of work with one supervisee or supervision group. not submitted elsewhere. Describe the setting and the making of the contract. Include vignettes illustrating your approach, specifically demonstrating in which way your supervision is Humanistic/ Integrative. Show how you handled difficulties encountered, how the work developed over time, and any outcomes for all concerned. Include your experience of supervision as a supervisee. Demonstrate congruence between your theory and practice.

In these pieces of written work the following should be demonstrated:

An understanding of diversity, reflective practice, the developmental stage of the supervisee ie experienced or novice, or in training, the boundaries between therapy and supervision, the frame of supervision and an understanding of the dynamic processes of supervision.

Applicants from Criterion C are required to submit a personal statement of 1,000 words on their understanding of Humanistic/Integrative practice and philosophy of supervision with clinical vignettes

2. DOCUMENTATION
All Categories Require:

A report by your Supervisor (see Criteria A.6, B.5 C.5) using the separate form.

2. DOCUMENTATION
Please provide photocopies of

1. Course diplomas or certificates if relevant
2. Membership of registering body
3. Up to date insurance certificate
4. Supervisor’s report
and
5. Confirmation of Therapeutic Executor

Please provide 4 collated sets of all application material, with the title sheet as the first page of each set, with a cheque for the initial application fee of £75.

3. INTERVIEW

Your written application will be circulated to the supervisor accreditation section of the Membership and Accreditation Committee. If it meets the criteria for accreditation, you will then be invited to a face-to-face interview. If there are areas of concern you will be advised of these prior to the interview. If invited to interview, there is an additional application fee of £75.
The interview consists of a 50-minute meeting with two members of the supervisor accreditation section to engage in a discussion of your work. The aim is to confirm a sense of congruence between you presenting your work in person and the written material you have provided. You will also be asked to discuss changes and developments in your supervision work over time. Any areas of concern will also be taken up.

4. FEES & SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION
The fee for the initial application is £75. If subsequently invited to interview by the Committee there is an additional fee of £75. Cheques should be made payable to UKAHPP. Applications should be sent to:

Jan Holton – Administrator
UKAHPP, Box BCM AHPP, LONDON WC1N 3XX