(AJA Supervisor Application)


As set out in the AJA Handbook procedure B4 Application for Consideration as a Supervisor, we ask the external assessor to meet with the applicant for two sessions to discuss clinically-based themes relating to supervision, as distinct from sessions consisting of supervision of supervision. Following that we ask the assessor to 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 an AJA supervisor, or whether they should wait.


Stages in the process

  1. The chair of the Ethics and Professional committee will send all documentation relevant to the application to the external assessor including the application to become a training supervisor and references in support of the application.
  2. The applicant will contact the assessor to arrange a mutually suitable time and venue for the first interview.
  3. Prior to the interview the assessor will advise the applicant of the themes to be discussed.
  4. The first interview will normally last fifty minutes but may be extended at the discretion of the assessor.
  5. 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 reflection and determining themes most relevant to look at in the second meeting.
  6. The second interview will normally last fifty minutes but may be extended at the discretion of the assessor.
  7. The assessor writes a report on the basis of the discussions, and in conjunction with a review of all relevant documents relating to the application. The report will be submitted to the chair of the Ethics and Professional committee, normally within three weeks after the second interview. The applicant will receive a copy of the report.
  8. The fee for both interviews inclusive of the report is set out on the “claim for expenses form” available from the AJA bookkeepers. This fee is 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 facilitates an open and challenging discussion enabling this to emerge.

Prior to the interviews with the external assessor the Ethics and Professional committee will have ascertained that the following criteria have been fulfilled.


The applicant will:

  1. be in good standing with the ethics committee and have paid all fees due to the Association;
  2. have a wide range of experience analysing on a lower as well as a higher frequency weekly basis with patients over several years;
  3. have experience of supervising individuals;
  4. have had regular supervision since qualification, including supervision of patients seen three times weekly or more;
  5. indicate teaching experiences deemed beneficial in support of their application;
  6. have 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;
  7. have successfully completed an accredited analytical supervisor’s course, or be a member of the British Association of Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervisors (BAPPS);
  8. be aware of 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;
  9. provide 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 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.
  • Evidence of transcendent functioning not as a theoretical idea but in how the applicant experiences and approach conflict(s) in their supervisory work.


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.


November 2019

Updated 2023







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