B4 BECOMING A SUPERVISOR
Professional members may apply to the professional committee for permission to supervise candidates on their clinical work during training. This is a position of responsibility within AJA. To be eligible you will be a professional member and have successfully completed either the AJA, or another analytic supervision course.
Applicants will need to:
– be in good standing with the ethics committee and have paid all fees due
to the Association;
– have a minimum of five years’ post qualification experience;
– have a CPD record showing adequate supervisory experience and
– provide a reference from a professional colleague;
– have an understanding of, and capacity to work with, the multiple transferences
and potentials for splitting that exist in a training setting.
You will send your application to the chair of the professional committee showing how you meet the above criteria. You will also need to include:
– details of your current analytic practice;
– a short statement about the ethos which underpins your work;
– a list of your experience as a supervisor, with details of any private or other
An external assessor will be appointed by the professional committee to interview you. The committee will choose an assessor who is a) a member of the IAAP, who holds a training and supervising role in their own organization and b) someone who is known to more than one supervisor in AJA. You will be asked to confirm your willingness to work with the assessor. If you have valid objections or concerns then the professional committee will nominate another with whom you are willing to work.
Guidelines for the External Assessor
The chair of the professional committee sends the assessor a set of guidelines on the interview and reporting process. The assessor meets you for two sessions to discuss clinically-based themes relating to supervision, as distinct from sessions consisting of supervision of supervision. You will pay the assessor directly the fee set by AJA, which includes their fee for writing their report. The assessor sends this report to the chair of the professional committee, with a copy to you.
The professional committee meets to discuss your application and to vote on whether to recommend to council that you are ready to become a supervisor, or to wait. If the recommendation is to wait, the chair of the professional committee will write to you offering you an opportunity to discuss the situation and consider future possibilities. If the recommendation is you are ready, it will be forwarded to Council who will vote on whether to ratify. If the recommendation is ratified, the Chair of AJA will write to you and your acceptance as an AJA supervisor will be announced at a monthly meeting.
If you have concerns about the processing of your application these must be given to the chair of the professional committee in writing within twenty one days of receipt of the letter giving the professional committee’s decision. In such a situation, the professional committee appoints two members and another external assessor to consider any appeal against the recommendation. If the appeal is upheld, you are offered the opportunity to resubmit your application, and the process will be undertaken afresh, with a new external assessor. If the appeal is not upheld no steps will be taken to restart the application process at this time, and the recommendation that you wait until a time you may be ready to apply again will be upheld.