B5 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND COMPETENCE
The Association of Jungian Analysts is committed to a policy of Continuing Professional Development, in line with the requirements of UKCP and with AJA’s Code of Ethics & Practice.
Members are responsible for maintaining their professional competence, and UKCP states that CPD should be flexible and achievable, and capable of being accounted for and verified. CPD is seen as one of the ways in which we can promote high standards within the profession and thus ensure the protection of the public. We also have a responsibility to maintain our physical and mental health, and when necessary to seek consultation and supervision, and to undertake further education and training.
Our work is essentially reflective and often isolated, and we consider it a duty to enhance and enrich our practice through increased awareness and creativity and through contact with colleagues. This may be done through our own organisation, through work with other organisations, and through other outside activities.
Annual procedure for reporting CPD and overseeing fitness to practice
UKCP requires that CPD is bounded and flexible, working within an annual cycle, and we encourage Members to take part in a wide range of professional and personal activities, within the categories mentioned below. The intention is that members should engage in a programme which furthers good practice, reflects their own individual needs and interests, and takes into account their current professional and personal situations.
AJA therefore proposes that members should:
1 sign a statement once a year confirming that they are actively engaged in a programme of CPD. This form will be sent from the AJA office with the annual request for fees. Members will also be required to give the names of their clinical executors and to confirm their insurance cover with the number of their policy.
2 keep a personal record of their activities, in whatever form best suits them, so that their portfolio may be discussed and presented for verification if required.
3 be in dialogue with AJA colleagues (and where appropriate, and agreed,
members of other analytic organisations) through annual meetings (held in good time and ahead of the submission of the annual statement above) within a
practice group of three or four members. Each member will be responsible for
negotiating the establishment and meeting arrangements for their practice
group. Groups can decide how many meetings are held, as long as all group
members have a chance to share developments adequately. For example a
group may choose to have one extended meeting, or choose to have as many
meetings of each group per year as there are members of each group.
Each meeting will take the following form:
each member will share with colleagues in the group,
– their CPD activities and portfolio from the year just completed
– some case material for discussion
– any concerns or considerations about their practice (eg caseload).
The purpose of this meeting will be twofold:
- i) To enable each member to share their professional activities for the year, and
identify what they may or may not have gained from these; and for other group
members to hear, discuss, and learn from this.
ii)To provide an opportunity for colleagues to hear and discuss practice material (in confidence) together with any reflections or concerns a member may have about their practice.
This opportunity allows for colleagues to recognise the work and development of a member over the preceding year. In the event of any concerns about the ongoing competency of a member arising from this discussion, then group members can share these concerns, offer support and advice, and if necessary, discuss with the member any further steps which may be needed to safeguard the wellbeing of patients, the professional probity of the member, and the organisation. In such circumstances, the group must take all steps necessary to contain the matter confidentially and respectfully.
In the, hopefully, uncommon event of this relating to a concern about the member’s mental or physical capacity to continue to practice as an analyst, discrete soundings may be made with the chair of the professional committee, or a senior member of AJA (as appropriate). Such a sounding might take the form of setting up a meeting for the member to whom the concern relates. The member would be given a choice of whom they would prefer to meet.
If it is apparent, arising from the feedback from the member’s practice group and this assessment meeting that the member needs to be asked to discontinue practising, then two members of the professional committee will formally meet with the member and inform them of this. At this assessment meeting another colleague, selected by the member concerned will be present as their advocate. Their role would be to offer support on AJA’s behalf. This colleague will also have the role of liaising with the member, and the professional committee, to ensure any necessary steps are taken to notify the member’s patients of the situation and, where appropriate, to offer them suitable referrals.
Normally, the member who has been directed to discontinue their practice will
have the opportunity to request a further assessment of their fitness to practice
after one year, and thereafter annually for three years from the point at which they were directed to discontinue. If after three years, the view they are not fit to
resume their practice still holds, then they will be designated a retired member.
This decision would normally be final.
- every year in the Spring, submit an account of their professional development over the previous calendar year, and a short statement jointly signed by them and one colleague from their practice group on the CPD forms sent at the beginning of the year by the professional committee. These forms are to be returned to the chair of the professional committee.
The professional committee would be responsible for monitoring CPD reports after completion of the process. If the professional committee is in serious doubt that the member is fulfilling their CPD requirements, it has the right to make specific recommendations and monitor the progress of a member in addressing these.
The following are examples of activities in four categories of CPD, and it is expected that activities from each category will feature in every member’s record :
1 Personal therapy – individual, group or other
Supervision/consultation – individual, group, peer group
2 Maintaining awareness of current developments and research through
attendance at and/or participation in:
lectures and seminars
individual reading within the profession
writing and research
publication of books and articles
presentation of papers
3 Participation in the life of AJA, and/or of other professional organisations:
serving on Council, committees or working parties
organising conferences, workshops, seminars
administrative work in support of the above
external work on AJA’s behalf e.g. as a delegate
teaching and leading seminars
acting as tutor or mentor
selection, assessment, supervision
4 Personal activities
cultural, social, political, literary, philosophical, physical etc.
Members should endeavour to ensure they select activities from each of the above four categories of CPD. AJA considers it good practice to maintain a balance in activities to stimulate professional development in new and different directions.
- A brief reflective statement on what has been gained from these activities is
also required. UKCP recommends that it is good practice for each member to
report not only their activities, but also to reflect on these experiences.
This is a crucial part of CPD, and members are asked to write a brief statement
of no more than one side of A4 (probably less) which conveys how these
experiences have impacted on their practice, and on their personal and
Continuous failure to fulfil these requirements will be considered as a breach of the Code of Ethics & Practice.