Supervision Requirements on Level 2 Accredited Courses

Supervision Requirements on BABCP Level 2 Accredited Courses

Supervisor Credentials

All supervisors on our accredited courses must be BABCP accredited.

Amount of Supervision

Level 2 accredited programmes are designed to ensure that you meet all of our Minimum Training Standards. To meet our accreditation requirements, you must have received at least 40 hours of clinical supervision altogether.

There must be a minimum of five hours’ clinical supervision for each of eight training cases. 

Some of our Level 2 accredited programmes, such as High Intensity NHS Talking Therapies courses, also ensure that you have additional supervision, and require a minimum of 70 hours during the training. They may also specify the types of presenting problems you treat, in order to meet the specific Curriculum.

The key principle is that supervision meets your needs as a supervisee. You may need more supervision depending on your clients, course and stage of training.

Individual and Group Supervision

Clinical supervision may be one-to-one or in groups of no more than four. You must have opportunity for individual supervision. 

We use a formula to calculate individual ‘equivalent’ clinical supervision hours received when in a group setting -

The total time spent in the group is divided by the number of supervisees. This time is then doubled.

Example one - four supervisees in a group for two hours -

2 hours divided by 4 = 30 minutes then x2 = 1 hour each.

Example two - three supervisees in a group for 1 hour 45 minutes -

1 hour 45 minutes divided by 3 = 35 minutes x 2 = 1 hour 10 minutes each

Example three - a group of two supervisees are able to ‘count’ all of the time spent in supervision as equal to individual supervision hours.

Content of Supervision

Supervision of your clinical practice must include working with diversity and personal development needs. Clinical supervision is most effective when it includes ‘live’ or ‘close’ supervision as well as other methods such as role play or modelling.

‘Close’ Supervision

You must receive ‘close’ or ‘live’ supervision. This is when your supervisor observes your clinical practice either by observing a session as it happens or reviewing a recording. 

For three of your closely supervised cases, you must be assessed to show that you are competent. A complete treatment session must be marked using a validated CBT skills assessment scale such as the CTS-R. The assessor must be trained in using the scale. 

You can find more information on our Close Supervision Guidelines.

There must be close supervision in at least 50% of your supervision sessions during training. Complete clinical sessions or extracts will be reviewed eg – a section where an issue came up in the relationship or a particular technique is used.

Other supervised cases can include ‘non-closely supervised’ ones, which must meet all of the criteria above except for formal live assessment.

Supervision Contract

You must have a CBT clinical supervision contract. This will include the agreement between you and your supervisor, on how your supervision needs will be met. 

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