Competence framework

The Supervision competence framework acknowledges the critical role of supervision in maintaining and enhancing effective and ethical therapeutic practice.

It identifies the knowledge, skills, abilities and qualities required for effective counselling and psychotherapy supervision.

The Supervision competence framework can be used by existing supervisors to map their existing competence and identify any areas for further development.

Practitioners interested in learning about supervision can also use the framework to assess their readiness for the supervisor role and to identify training needs.

The framework also provides training institutions, service providers and researchers with an up-to-date resource to inform and enable such activities as curriculum development and delivery, commissioning, clinical governance, research and continuing professional development (CPD).

User guide

The user guide describes the competence framework and explains its uses and how supervisors can apply it in their practice. It also sets out how the framework can be used by other professionals, practitioners, trainers, employers, services and commissioners.

Training curriculum

The Supervision training curriculum offers training providers a framework for delivering counselling and psychotherapy supervision training. The training curriculum is underpinned by BACP’s evidence-based Supervision competence framework (2021) which identifies the additional knowledge and skills needed to work ethically and effectively as a supervisor.

Further information

If you have any questions or feedback about the Supervision competence framework, user guide or training curriculum, or if you need these documents in a different format for accessibility reasons, please email Professional Standards at

BACP competences and curricula

Our competences and curricula are based on the latest research evidence into effective practice. They can be used by practitioners, trainers, supervisors and services to ensure practitioners have the skills and knowledge needed to work in a particular setting, or with particular clients.

Copyright and permissions

All our competence frameworks, user guides and training curricula are copyrighted with all rights reserved. We have developed these resources to help BACP members in their practice development and to support the development of training courses. Permission to use these resources is defined under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

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