B4a GUIDELINES FOR EXTERNAL ASSESSOR (AJA Supervisor Application)
As set out in the AJA policy document ‘Application for Consideration as a Supervisor’ (B4):
‘The Assessor will meet you for two sessions to discuss clinically-based themes relating to supervision, as distinct from sessions consisting of supervision of supervision’.
The external supervisor will then write a report to be submitted to the Professional Committee with a recommendation as to whether, in their view, the applicant is ready to become a supervisor for AJA, or whether they should wait.
Stages in the process
- The Chair of the Professional Committee will send all documentation relevant to the application to the External Assessor to include the application to become a training supervisor and any references in support of the application.
- The applicant will contact the assessor to arrange a mutually suitable time and venue for the first interview.
- The assessor will provide an indication to the applicant of the themes to be discussed.
- The first interview will normally last 50 minutes, but it may be
extended at the discretion of the assessor.
- At the close of the interview a date and time will be agreed for the
second interview. This will be no sooner than two weeks after the first
meeting to enable time for the assessor to write up reflections, and to review which areas might be most relevant to look at in the second meeting.
- The second interview will take place and will also normally last no longer than 50 minutes.
- The assessor will then write a report on the basis of the discussions, and in conjunction with a review of all relevant paperwork relating to the application. The report will be submitted to the Chair of the Professional Committee, normally within three weeks after the second interview. The applicant will see the report.
- The fee for both interviews inclusive of the report is £160, in accord with the AJA fee structure. This fee is to be paid directly to the interviewer by the applicant.
Guidance on the interview
The interviews should offer the applicant the opportunity to convey the depth and breadth of their clinical knowledge, skills and experience, and their capacity to apply this to the supervisory relationship and to the supervision of
candidates. The assessor therefore needs to facilitate an open but challenging discussion to enable this.
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Criteria for assessing readiness to become a supervisor:
Successful applicants will:
- Be in good standing with the Ethics Committee and have paid all fees
due to the Association.
- Have successfully completed either the AJA, or a BAPPS accredited
supervision course, or be a Member of BAPPS.
- Have experience of supervising individuals.
- Have a CPD record showing evidence of adequate supervisory
experience and training, as well as of regular steps taken to keep
themselves abreast of developments in analytic thinking and practice.
(eg through reading, lectures, seminars and varied supervision)
- Provide a reference from a professional colleague.
- Indicate teaching experiences deemed beneficial in support of their
- Have had a wide range of experience working on a once, twice and
three times weekly basis with patients over several years.
- Have had regular supervision for at least two years since qualification,
including supervision of patients seen three times weekly or more.
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.
- A strong interest in intensive, in depth, work.
- Evidence of the existence of professional support.
- A commitment to, and personal responsibility for, continued professional 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.
Support for the Assessor
The External Assessor can seek guidance at any stage from the Chair of the Professional Committee about any aspect of the process.
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.
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