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Supervision Requirements for Accredited Supervisor members

Accredited Supervisor Members must comply with IACP supervision requirements.

Frequency, Ratio and Forms of Supervision

Frequency: Supervision must take place at least once a month when the Supervisor member is actively seeing or available to see clients/supervisees.
You may add together hours from different supervision arrangements. When adding together supervision hours from different supervision arrangements, you will require a supervisor’s report from each of your supervisors.

Ratio: The required ratio of supervision is a minimum of one hour of supervision for every 30 client/supervisee contact hours.

For supervisors ‘client contact hours’ includes their supervision hours.

Supervisors must have supervision of their supervision work.

This supervision can be undertaken with your counselling/psychotherapy supervisor or with a separate supervisor.

The supervision contract should allow sufficient and proportional time for supervision of your supervision work.

Individual, peer and group supervision, meeting the requirements as below, are all acceptable for supervision of supervision.

A supervisor’s report for supervision work will be required for supervisor re-accreditation.

Forms of Supervision:

(a) One to one supervision


(b) Group Supervision is where a designated Accredited Supervisor takes responsibility for the supervision of two or more Counsellors/Psychotherapists.

The designated accredited supervisor takes overall responsibility for the work of the group, managing the work, writing up supervisors reports, signing off CPD logs, dealing with Ethical issues and adhering to the IACP code of ethics etc., for the group.

To include group supervision as part or all of your supervision requirements, it is necessary that:

The maximum number in the supervision group is 6 (not including the group supervisor)


A group of 2 meet for a minimum of 1 hour a month (this would be counted as 1 hour supervision for each member)

A group of 3 meet for a minimum of 1.5 hours a month (this would be counted as 1.5 hours supervision for each member)

A group of 4 meet for a minimum of 2 hours a month (this would be counted as 2 hours supervision for each member)

A group of 5 meet for a minimum of 2.5 hours a month (this would be counted as 2.5 hours supervision for each member)

A group of 6 meet for a minimum of 3 hours a month (this would be counted as 3 hours supervision for each member)

and / or

(c) Peer Supervision only applies to Supervisors who are accredited by either IACP, IAHIP or BACP. In Peer Supervision, Accredited Supervisors take shared responsibility for supervising and being supervised. The supervisors may rotate leading the group each time the group meet. Any one supervisor can write up the supervisors report, sign off CPD log etc. for another member of the group. The groups contract will outline how they will operate as a group.

To include Peer Supervision as part or all of your supervision requirements, it is necessary that the peer group meets the time and group number requirements as above.

For IACP Members Working Outside of 32 counties:

To fulfil the IACP Supervision requirements, the Audio (tele) or Videoconferencing (VC) Supervision can be accepted for the purpose of accreditation/ reaccreditation as long as it is done with the use of a safe medium. The onus is on the IACP Member/ Supervisor to make sure that the medium is secure and all aspects of confidentiality are protected. Also, the IACP Member/ Supervisor must have an appropriate insurance cover for such working arrangement and be aware of the legal requirements of the country that they are working in.


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Timeframe for statutory registration


Draft regulations to designate the professions of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and to establish a registration board will be ready for submission to the Houses of the Oireachtas for their approval during the present session, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has told the Dail.


The Minister recently concluded a public consultation on  his proposal to regulate counsellors generally under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.


On foot of the consultation process, He has decided to proceed with the designation of two distinct professions under the Act, that of counsellor and psychotherapist. Each will have its own register under one registration board. This decision has been communicated to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, the relevant professional bodies and all the respondents to the public consultation process.


Subject to the approval of the Houses, the next step will be the appointment of the 13 members of the registration board, following the submission of suitable candidates for the Minister's consideration, by the Public Appointments Service. The aim is that the registration board will be in a position early in the New Year to begin the task of drafting the various bye-laws to allow it to establish its registers.



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