Supervision and Experience Criteria for Provisional Members (ACP)

The process is administered by the Association and initially managed by a Regional Interviewing Panel which must satisfy itself regarding an applicant’s background of training, personal suitability, and experience before making a recommendation to the NZAP Council. This recommendation must be accompanied by a supervision contract, endorsed by the Training Supervisors’ Group.

Training Supervision

1. Training supervision for the purposes of the Association means formalised, regular and sustained oversight of the provisional member. Normally it shall:

(i) Be of not less than one hour per week as established in a Supervision Contract between the provisional member and a Principal Supervisor, and endorsed by the Training Supervisors’ Group, for not less than 40 weeks per year or its equivalent;

(ii) Be sustained over a period of not less than two years, and is subject to annual renewal and continuing endorsement;

(iii) Be conducted by experienced and reputable psychotherapists, recognised for the purposes of supervision by the Association;

(iv) Have particular regard to the needs of the client, and the development of self-awareness in the provisional member of any aspects of their personality or behaviour which effect the process of safe, ethical, and successful psychotherapy. This could result in recommendations for further therapy, training or secondary supervision for the provisional member;

(iv) Include opportunities for the supervisor to witness (either live or by video, or less satisfactorily, by audio-tape) whole sessions conducted by the provisional member.

2. The Association has a current register of members and supervisors. Provisional members seeking admission to the Association are required to show evidence that they have received appropriate supervision from an approved supervisor.

Individuals who are endorsed and monitored by Training Supervisors’ Groups in main centres throughout the country, are recommended and approved as Supervisors by the Council.

3. The supervisor will be required to confirm that the amount of supervision claimed by the provisional member has in fact been given; will be asked to comment on the provisional member’s skill in the various aspects of therapy and on competence and judgement generally; and will be asked particularly to comment on whether, in their experience, further supervision, training or personal psychotherapy is necessary.