National Association For Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy

Supervision - What is it?
What Is Supervision?

  •  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
  • Group Supervision: 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.