Michael Padraig Acton B.Ed., M.Ed. (Psych.) Hons., M.A.C. Psych., P.D. C. Psych., BACP (Accred), AfBPsS, MICF. Therapy can be extremely rewarding and extremely challenging. I like to consider and share these extreme states and everything in between during supervision for students and new or experienced practitioners; it is about the context of clients and practitioners and how this impacts the relationship between you, the therapist, and your clients while observing effective frameworks for safety and efficacy. I view supervision as a process. Collaboration and a strong relationship, where we can explore what’s happening together, is the key to effective therapeutic work. Simply put, a therapist who is supported and helped to think outside the box, and is generally clear about separating their stuff from their client’s, will do great work. Therapy demands much of the people involved. Supervision needs to offer a holding space, time for affirmation of what is going well and an ability to share what could be. Impacting on the success of all supervisory work is the safety of therapist, clients and the supervisory process.Therapists in training I have supervised students of counselling psychology, analytic psychotherapy and Rogerian certificates and diplomas, both psychodynamic trainees in placements and those taking their first certificates in the counselling process.Worksheets and reports can be completed, scanned and returned by email, as required, without issue.Therapeutic orientations during supervisionIf you are on a course and need supervision for one specific approach to therapy we can accommodate this. However, considering the appropriacy and efficacy of different methods, language and therapeutic situations will be enmeshed within this triangular relationship – no matter which approach you are employing or what issues you are working with.
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.