Who can be my practice supervisor?

Your practice supervisor will usually be a counselling psychologist registered with the HCPC and a Chartered member of the society with full membership of the Division of Counselling Psychology, with appropriate training or expertise in supervision.

Practice Supervisors who aren't counselling psychologists should be therapeutic practitioners who are accredited by a relevant professional body which has a code of ethics, current accreditation and disciplinary/complaints procedures.

They'll also need to be entered on the professional body’s list of supervisors.

The internal supervisor provided by your placement setting may meet these criteria in which case you can propose them as your practice supervisor on your plan of training.

If they don't meet the criteria above, you'll need to seek an external practice supervisor, for instance using the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

You're required to have supervision with a counselling psychologist for the majority of your training.

This supports the development of your professional identity as a counselling psychologist which is a crucial component of the QCoP.

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Frequently asked questions
  • How many placements do I need?

    You need experience of at least two placements during the course of your training.

    Across your placements, you'll need experience of working in more than one model, more than one modality (e.g. adult individuals, groups etc) and with supervision from more than one practice supervisor.

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  • Where can I do my supervised practice?

    You'll need to complete at least two placements during the course of the qualification. These placements must involve you working therapeutically with clients under appropriate supervision.

    Suitable placement settings vary across the country but could include NHS trusts, local organisations, charities and services such as Relate.

    Your Co-ordinating Supervisor may be able to suggest places for you to contact if they have knowledge of your local area. It is your responsibility to secure placements.

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