Karen Lloyd: We are just going to cover now the supervisor’s report, and you need to provide us with a supervisor’s report from the supervisor who supervised the case material that you have submitted. Now if you’ve submitted quite a recent piece of case material and that supervisor hasn’t supervised you for more than six months, then you will also have to get a supervisor’s report from the previous supervisor. We are asking the supervisor to tell us about your way of working, how they understand your way of working, to comment on the case material that you’ve submitted, and to tell us about your understanding of and adherence to the Ethical Framework. We are also asking your supervisor to tell us how they would manage your work if they felt your work fell below an acceptable standard at any time. You do get to see the supervisor’s report. You do get an opportunity to comment on it and you also have to sign it and you need to send that into us. We need an original signature on that so you won't be able to send it online, you will have to print that off and send that to us, and you send that along with your application form.
So you need to provide us with the supervisor’s report from your current supervisor. If they were the person that supervised the case material that you've submitted you only need provide us with one report. However, if the supervisor that you have currently did not supervise the case material that you've submitted you will have to get an additional report from that supervisor. Similarly if the supervisor that supervised the case material that you’ve submitted has not been supervising you for at least six months then you will have to get an additional supervisor’s report. The supervisor is asked to read through all your application and read through the whole of the case material before you submit your application to us. Are there any questions about the supervisor’s report?
Delegate: If I work in two or three different places and I might have the same or I might have different supervisors. However if I submit case material from one particular place of work and that supervisor has been supervising me for more than six months, is that the only supervisor’s report that I need? Do I need to include anything from any of the supervisors from anywhere else that I might be working?
Karen Lloyd: No. If that supervisor has been supervising you for more than six months and they supervise that case material that you've submitted, even if you've got more than one supervisor, you only need to send that one report. Ok.
Delegate: I'm going to get a new supervisor. So if I start the accreditation process how will that affect me with regards to supervision and the length of time that they will be supervising me, because they won’t really know me.
Karen Lloyd: Ok, so that is why we ask for a second supervisor’s report if your supervisor doesn’t know you that well because they have only just started working with you. You will have to get an additional report from your previous supervisor. Does that clarify it for you?
Delegate: Yes so, the new one could work with me on the accreditation process and they could work with me on the case study as well. It’s the new material that I am presenting, not case study, but case material. But if I needed further evidence of my practice then I could ask for a second report for my previous supervisor who could evidence I do practice ethically.
Karen Lloyd: It’s not that you could ask for it, you must ask for it. Because we are asking the supervisor to say whether they feel that you’re ready for accreditation or not and if they've only just started working with you i.e. in the last six months, there's a feeling that they don't know your work well enough. So, therefore you need to go to the previous supervisor just for the full supervisor’s report, there’s an option for them to say no I didn't supervise the case work that's been submitted in the application. But your new supervisor who perhaps is supervising that work will also need to write his report. So in your case you probably need to get two supervisor’s reports.
Delegate: Karen you mentioned that the supervisor reads through the case material and comments on it? Did you say comments on it?
Karen Lloyd: Well in the supervisor’s report they’re asked the question "did you supervise the work?"
Delegate: I guess my question is can the supervisor, support, guide, help the person applying in anyway prior to the application, having read the case material?
Karen Lloyd: Well we would expect you to involve your supervisor, yes, throughout the process so you should be consulting with them if you are coming for accreditation.
Delegate: So it’s okay, fine to talk about the case material? In a collaborative way?
Karen Lloyd: Absolutely.
Delegate: Oh good, thank you.
Karen Lloyd: I am wondering what is behind that question though?
Delegate: Nothing. I just thought maybe that if the supervisor read it and thought this isn’t very good, this isn’t going to pass or doubt this, whether they could offer any guidance or support or pointers.
Karen Lloyd: Yes, I think they could, I think they quite legitimately could because I mean there's a difference between, the supervisor isn't assessing it, that’s the thing. I have heard stories where people have said well I've already written this and my supervisor gave it back to me and said you have to rewrite it, which in my book isn't really that helpful. There are a number of people out there who will give advice about applying for BACP accreditation and really only the BACP accreditation assessors know whether it meets the standard or not. So by all means consult with your supervisor for some pointers on whether they feel that you're demonstrating the knowledge and understanding that we’re asking for, but I would be cautious about anybody else reading your submission beforehand and saying yes that’ll pass or no it won't.
Delegate: What if I miss a month’s supervision due to my illness or my supervisor’s illness?
Karen Lloyd: Ok well obviously we understand that those things happen and what we’re looking for is evidence that you have thought about supervision and that you have a contract in place for an hour and a half supervision for each month in which practice is undertaken. If you are ill and you don't see any clients in that month and you miss a month’s supervision, well that's ok because you weren’t practising during that month. However if your supervisor is ill, you ought to have in place some alternative means of consulting so we would have expected that if you'd missed more than one supervision, due to your supervisor being ill, that you would have made some alternative arrangements.
Delegate: What if I don't know my supervisor’s qualifications or her address and I don't have contact now, what will happen?
Karen Lloyd: The purpose of asking you about the supervisor’s whereabouts and qualifications really is just to check that you were not working unsupervised, so for all the 450 hours that you submit as part of your application you must demonstrate to us that you had a contract in place to be supervised for an hour and a half a month and that somebody who was suitably qualified. By that I mean has the knowledge and expertise to consult with you on your work and was available to you during that time. We need to see that you had a contract in place for an hour and a half a month in order to consult on the work that you were doing with somebody who has got the knowledge and expertise to look at the work with you and to really just to ensure that the client is in a safe pair of hands. Now if you don't know your supervisor’s current address, which you may well not do, it would be ok for you to put down the address of the agency for example where you were supervised. Similarly if you're not sure about the supervisor’s qualifications you need to just tell us how they were qualified from a point of view of their knowledge base in order to oversee the work that you were doing.
So I mean I think this is relevant today to people who were perhaps working in an NHS setting whose supervisor may not be a qualified counsellor as such but they may be medically qualified and still be able to supervise the work that you're doing. So the whole concept of checking up on your supervision is that you cannot work unsupervised and be an accredited therapist, you must have the minimum requirement which is an hour and a half of clinical supervision per month. If you feel that you have some particular circumstances that are very peculiar to yourself as a practitioner, and you’re not sure if you are able to meet the eligibility criteria because of that ,then I would encourage you just to email the accreditation team at BACP and if there are extenuating circumstances. Then we will always look at that as favourably as we can.
Delegate: I also have casework supervision from the other professionals, and peer supervision from other professionals, would that count?
Karen Lloyd: Yes it would, I mean the idea of supervision is that you are not working in splendid isolation with nobody challenging you know your thought processes or that you are not…
Delegate: I don’t have a contract
Karen Lloyd: Yes informal, yes and in some clinical settings that is how, that is the only access that some individuals have to clinical supervision for their work, yes, but that would be absolutely fine and you can have a combination of that. So you can have individual supervision, peer supervision, group supervision and in fact it is good practice to have a mix both of individual supervision and group supervision. I mean if you know if you've got an hour and a half each month of individual supervision, that's the minimum requirement. So you wouldn't ... the application would go ... we would say you're eligible and you could go through for assessment on that basis but if you have other supervision arrangements in place, just photocopy the page at the application form as many times as you need to and then tell us about it.