The term supervision refers to the conduct of a process in a formal contractual session in either a personal or group setting.
Supervision explores and assesses counsellor practice.
It facilitates counsellors/psychotherapists so that they can develop and improve their professional competence.
It offers new perspectives and sets goals.
It evaluates more efficiently and effectively both the personal and professional development of the counsellor.
Client welfare is always the core issue of supervision work.
Supervision Requirements for Counsellors
Supervision must be with a Supervisor who has Supervisor accreditation with NAPCP, IACP, APCP, IAHIP, BACP, ICP or ACI.
Frequency: Supervision should be at least once a month at the following ratios:
During training: ratio of 5:1,
For trained, pre-accredited counsellors: ratio of 10:1,
For accredited counsellors: ratio of 20:1,
For accredited counsellors with 5 or more years of experience: 30:1
1. Pre-accredited counsellors: Group supervision may account for up to 25% of the total amount of supervision required for accreditation;
2. Accredited counsellors: Group supervision may account for up to 50% of the total amount of supervision required;
3. Accredited for more than 5 years: Group supervision may account for up to 75% of the total amount of supervision required.
If there are, for example, four members in the group with a qualified supervisor for a two hour session, that counts as two hours of supervision for each counsellor present.
When in training, you must complete 100 client hours with supervision at a ratio of 5:1 (at least 20 supervision hours). After these hours are completed, you must change supervisor in order to count hours towards full accreditation.