Henderson (2009)[i] defines supervision as a “space offered by one practioner to another, in which an account of therapeutic work is given and received”[ii] which strikes me as a very fair basic description. However, in any supervisory relationship there also has to be space to allow for monitoring of ethical practice, to encourage professional development and to allow the supervisee time to explore their own emotions and to recharge their batteris.
Consequently, I encourage supervisees to discover a way of working, both with their own clients and with the supervisory relationship that, whilst being sufficiently rigorous, best suits their own individual way of working.
Whilst my own approach is eclectic, I trained both on a Person -Centred Course, and, later, in Transactional Analysis (TA). This means that I have a good understanding of working with humanist, behavioural and and psycho-dynamic approaches.
I offer (and have worked with) supervisees from trainee to near retirement. I also offer small group 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.
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