Consultative Supervision is for counsellor’s, psychotherapists or professionals, the support uses the services of another counsellor or psychotherapist or professional to review their work with clients, their professional development and often their personal development as well.
Supervision exists for the following reasons, to protect clients and to improve the ability of counsellors to provide value to their clients.
As a supervisor, I work to the BACP code of practice and incorporate
- Individual Training needs
- Organisational Training needs
- The Counselling Task of Supervision
- The Consultative Task of Supervision
- The Evaluation Task of Supervision
- Monitoring Professional/ethical issues of Supervision
- The Administration Task of Supervision
Supervision can also be broken down into the following areas; Enable insight. Case Management, Monitor and Evaluate, Support and challenge, Evaluate theory and practice, Facilitate personal development, Monitor blockages and blind spots, Facilitate professional development, Highlight strengths and weaknesses, Monitor and evaluate content and process. Monitor fitness to practice and observe ethics, Monitor conditions in which practice takes place, Monitor and evaluate strategies and interventions, Encourage exploration of new ideas & techniques, Support and challenge professionals in direct relation to current practice, Recognise personal and developmental needs of the counsellor/professional.
Counselling supervision is a formal and mutually agreed arrangement for counsellors to discuss their work regularly with someone who is normally an experienced and competent counsellor and familiar with the process of counselling supervision.
Counselling Supervision is considered essential for effective counselling. All BACP members working as counsellors are bound by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy to monitor their counselling through ongoing supervision.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.