Supervision Guidance

This page gives you summaries of requirements for supervision at different stages of accreditation.  You will find further guidance, as well as all the documents you need on the specific pages for each accreditation.

This guidance applies both during and after training and at all stages of accreditation.

Your supervisor should be a BABCP accredited practitioner - they don't have to have supervisor accreditation. Alternatively you can be supervised by a practitioner qualified in CBT to at least Postgraduate Diploma level (or would meet the Minimum Training Standards). They should currently be practicing CBT for at least 50% of their own psychotherapeutic practice and be receiving specifically CBT supervision. 

If you did a Level 2 Accredited course, you will have been supervised entirely by BABCP accredited practitioners. After graduation from one of these courses, you can be supervised by practitioners who meet the criteria above.

Amounts of supervision

The amounts and frequency of supervision required during training will be set out by most CBT training courses. IAPT Level 2 Courses require a total of 70 hours and non-IAPT Level 2 courses specify 40 hours - all by accredited BABCP practitioners. 

Our Minimum Training Standards don't specify frequency and duration of supervision for Provisional Accreditation, however you need to have done a minimum of 40 hours of supervision as well as at least 200 hours of clinical practice. So, during training, you should aim for one hour of supervision for roughly every five hours of clinical practice. 

Most importantly, your supervision should give you the regular support you need whilst you are training.  This may mean that you need more than the minimums required for accreditation.

For Provisional Accreditation you must show that you have had a minimum of three closely supervised cases during training. This will have included some live supervision.

Live supervision

Each training course should tell you how much live supervision they expect and how many sessions should be reviewed by your supervisor using CTS-R or a similar rating scale. The Minimum Training Standards specifies that live supervision should be regular and appropriate to your training and experience. So you should work out with your supervisor how frequently it should take place - we don't decide that for you. Some episodes of live supervision may involve reviewing just a few minutes of a session without using a rating scale.

Types and methods of supervision

During training, we expect that the majority of supervision will be face to face - either individual or in a group of six or less. 

During training, your supervision and practice will be focused on developing the fundamental CBT skills - working with people who have anxiety disorders and depression. These are outlined fully in the Core Curriculum Reference Document [PDF]

You can't count professional consultancy, professional or managerial supervision as clinical supervision even though they might be provided by the same person.

Supervision Logs

We recommend that you complete a supervision log entry during or shortly after each session, with a supervisor's signature if possible. This information can then be transferred on to the Supervision Logs which are incorporated into the Provisional Application Form.  If possible, you should also ask you supervisor to sign section 3f of your application to confirm the four cases you brought to supervision. Other evidence can be provided if their signature is not possible.

Supervisor's Reports

Supervisor's Reports must be supplied by your current supervisor. If you have been with your current supervisor for less than six months, you should also supply one by your previous supervisor.

This information provides guidance for therapists who are both provisionally and fully accredited as well as those intending to apply for Reinstatement.

Amounts of supervision, including live supervision

You should be receiving regular CBT supervision appropriate to your case-load and level of expertise. For a full-time clinical practice, this should be a minimum of one-and-a-half hours per month of individual supervision. This can be an average, providing the contact is regular.

It isn't an a requirement but we advise that newly-trained practitioners have a higher frequency and duration of supervision than experienced colleagues. 

If you work less than half-time clinical work, you can reduce the overall amount of supervision time on a pro-rata basis to a minimum of 45 minutes.

You can count all time spent in group supervision providing the group has no more than six members. Group supervision will be facilitated by one regular supervisor and all group members must present their own material regularly. You must have an opportunity for individual supervision should it be needed, or quickly available alternative supervision, e.g. advice in a crisis situation. 

The minimum of one-and-a-half hours of group supervision alone would not be sufficient for a full-time experienced clinician. Eg provision may need to be made for episodes of live supervision or other reasons either within individual or additional group sessions.

You should have regular episodes of live supervision - reflected in your Supervision Logs and Supervisor’s Reports with Full and Reinstatement Applications and Reaccreditation Audit. 

Types and methods of supervision

These can be individual, peer, in a CBT Supervision Group, by Video Conferencing eg Skype, Microsoft Messenger, telephone, or by email. There should be face-to-face contact on occasions, but this includes Video Conferencing.

You can't count professional consultancy, professional or managerial supervision as clinical supervision even though they might be provided by the same person.

Changes to Requirements for Peer Supervision

In peer supervision, therapists will both supervise and be supervised by each other, and will take turns in each role.  It can be one-to-one or in a group.

Guidance on our website has previously said that all time in peer supervision can be counted towards supervision hours for accreditation.  However, from 1st October 2020, you can count only the time spent receiving supervision.  This will be both in one-to-one and peer supervision groups.

Specialist areas of CBT supervision

If you are accredited, you can practice exclusively, specialise in,or include other evidence-based cognitive and/or behavioural therapies. Your supervision should reflect this and can be in exclusively in a particular cognitive-behavioural approach if this is appropriate to your practice.

Similarly, your supervision should be appropriate to any specialist client groups.

Supervision Logs

We recommended that you complete a Supervision Log entry during or shortly after each session. Supervision Logs are available to download or Full Reinstatement. The Collaborative Supervision Summary should be used for Reaccreditation Audit and can be used as an ongoing supervision log.  

Supervisor's Reports

Supervisor's Reports are needed for Full Accreditation and Full Reinstatement Applications and also if you are invited for Reaccreditation Audit. They should be supplied by your current supervisor. If you have been with your current supervisor for less than six months, you should also include one by your previous supervisor. 

Supervisory supervision

If you are an accredited supervisor or applying for Supervisor Accreditation, you should be receiving appropriate levels of supervision for your supervisory practice.  This will be equivalent to 5% of your supervisory caseload, or one hour per month. Your supervisory supervisor should provide a Supervisory Reference with an application and if invited for Reaccreditation Audit.

Training supervision

If you have Accreditation as a trainer or are applying for it, you should be receiving appropriate levels of support or supervision for your training.  This will be equivalent to a minimum of two hours per year. Your training supervisor should write a Trainer Reference Form with an application and if invited for Reaccreditation Audit.

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