Professional Development and Supervision


Supervision has been recognised since the inception of the Association as a core requirement for the professional development of the psychotherapist.

Resources posted by the Professional Development & Supervision Committee.

Supervision Agreements

Supervision in the Regions

Supervision Handbook

(from the Blue Book)


Supervision for the purpose of the Association means the formalised, regular and sustained review of oneself and one’s work. It denotes overview without implying superiority or control.

Supervision is a primary way in which the Association promotes effective, ethical and safe psychotherapeutic practice. It is an ongoing opportunity for psychother¬apists to maintain and develop their knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm, building on their professional training. The Association requires that full members and provisional members have regular supervision throughout their professional lifetimes.


Supervision benefits the psychotherapist by offering a relationship, which aims to guide, mentor, inspire, emotionally support, and help the supervisee to develop insight and understanding.

Supervision benefits the client by strengthening and sustaining the psychotherapist’s ability to provide psychotherapy, and by offering other perspectives.

Supervision benefits the community by providing quality assurance through the close monitoring of professional practice standards.

Goals and aims

The goal of supervision is to assist the maintenance and further development of competence, including:

  • knowledge,
  • practical psychotherapy skills,
  • emotional competence and self awareness
  • professional identity.

The aim of supervision is to:

  • be educational without becoming didactic,
  • be therapeutic without being therapy,
  • advocate high standards of practice without becoming authoritarian and controlling
  • support psychotherapist autonomy and uniqueness without becoming collusive.


The supervisor is first and foremost responsible to the supervisee for facilitating his or her professional functioning and well being in accordance with the NZAP Code of Ethics. The supervisor also has a responsibility to the profession and to the Association for the development and maintenance of good standards of psychotherapy practice.