Supervision can be summarized as educational, supportive and administrative. All Counsellors and Psychotherapists working in this area of patient care should be supervised. Regardless of experience, the vast majority of professional bodies in the UK, such as the British Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (BACP), require supervision. It is seen as an ethical imperative. Supervision exists for two reasons: For the patient's well-being. For the professional development of the therapist.
As a supervisor, I´ll help the Counsellor or Psychotherapist to reflect on his/her work, explore other possible ways of working, discover new ideas and strategies, analyze some of the interventions with the patient and their consequences, receive feedback and some more guidance whenever necessary. Together, we´ll ensure continuous learning on a personal and professional level. We will gain greater awareness of ourselves, our work, our patients and the dynamics of the relationships involved.
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.