B4 BECOMING A SUPERVISOR
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 need to be in good standing with the ethics committee, have paid all fees due to the Association, and demonstrate having:
- a wide range of experience analysing on a lower as well as on a higher frequency weekly basis with patients over several years;
- regular supervision since qualification, including supervision of patients seen three times weekly or more;
- experience of supervising individuals;
- teaching experiences deemed beneficial in support of your application;
- a CPD record showing evidence of adequate supervisory experience and training, as well as of regular steps taken to keep abreast of developments in analytic thinking and practice, for example through reading, lectures, seminars and varied supervision;
- successfully completed an accredited analytical supervisor’s course, or being a member of the British Association of Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervisors (BAPPS);
- familiarised yourself with the Complaints Procedure A7 in the Handbook, which details how a complaint to AJA from a training patient will be dealt with, as well as “The Ethics Committee and you”, item 8 in procedure C2 Practical aspects of the training;
- provided a reference from a professional colleague.
The personal and professional qualities looked for in the applicant include the following:
- A fundamentally Jungian approach and attitude to the psyche and to the analytic process. This includes demonstrating a respect for the individuation process, the nature of the Self, a teleological approach to the psyche and a non-reductive approach to symbolic material.
- A strong interest in intensive, in depth work.
- A commitment to, and personal responsibility for continuedprofessional support.
- Within the context of transference and counter-transference, an understanding of, and capacity to work with the multiple transferences and potential for splitting that can exist within the training setting.
- Evidence of transcendent functioning not as a theoretical idea but in how you experience and approach conflict(s) in your supervisory work.
Please send your application to the chair of the professional committee showing how you meet all 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 supervision undertaken;
– a reference from a professional colleague.
An external assessor will be appointed by the professional committee to interview you. The assessor will be a member of the IAAP who holds a training and supervising role in their own organization and 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 assessor with whom you are willing to work.
Guidelines for the External Assessor (Procedure B4a)
The chair of the professional committee sends the assessor the guidelines on the interview and reporting process. The assessor meets with 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 writing the report. The assessor sends the report to the chair of the professional committee and you will receive a copy.
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, and the recommendation that you wait until a time you may be ready to apply again will be upheld.