- Clinical Supervision Requirement
- Type of Clinical Supervisor
- Format of Clinical Supervision
- Duties/Responsibilities of the Clinical Supervisor
- Quantity of Clinical Supervision
- Supervisor for Clinical Supervisors
- Ending/Transition of Supervision
- List of IPTA approved Supervisors
Good quality and quantity of Clinical Supervision is central and necessary for the profession of Play Therapy. This section defines what clinical supervision is clarifies IPTA’s requirements on clinical supervision.
Play Therapists are required to receive regular and good quality supervision that is in line with IPTA’s standards. This document has been developed by IPTA in accordance with the standards set out by BAPT (British Association of Play Therapists) and the CFA (Child and Family Agency) 2014.
Definition of Supervision:
Clinical Supervision in Play Therapy is defined as;
“A formal meeting between two Play Therapists where by one therapist is significantly more experienced in Play Therapy, with the necessary training which enables them to engage in a supervisory relationship”.
Supervision aims to provide:
Clinical Supervision Requirement:
IPTA’s requirement for safe practice in Play Therapy states;
Type of Clinical Supervision:
The requirement for all full members is as follows:
Clinical Supervision is provided by an approved Supervisor. Where IPTA members/supervisors are not available exceptions can be made. However, the supervisee must provide evidence of qualification and experience of their supervisor for the approval of IPTA.
Clinical Supervisors must have a significant amount of greater experience then their supervisee. Significantly more experience equates to a minimum of two years more experience. Supervisors must be receiving their own adequate supervision.
Format of Clinical Supervision:
Clinical Supervision should always be face to face. Phone supervision and Skype is acceptable where geographic distance is an issue.
Group supervision will not include more then 3 supervisees. The supervision session will constitute an extra ½ hour onto the 1 hour required in a 1:1 supervision session.
Peer supervision occurs between two equally qualified and experienced Play Therapists with a minimum of 3 years experience each.
Regular 1:1 supervision must occur alongside group and peer supervision.
Responsibilities of the Clinical Supervisor toward the Supervisee:
Duties of the Clinical Supervisor towards the Supervisee:
Quantity of Clinical Supervision:
Level 1: 1-5 children = 6-8 hrs supervision in any 12 month period
Level 2: 6-10 children = 12 hrs supervision in any 12 month period
Level 3: 11-15 children = 15 hrs supervision in any 12 month period
Level 4: 16-20 children = 25 hrs supervision in any 12 month period
Complaints regarding a Supervisor’s practice will be processed in accordance with IPTA’s complaints procedure.
Endings and Transitionary Arrangements:
It is important that the integrity of the supervisory relationship is maintained when it ends and a new one is possibly beginning. A 3 way meeting is recommended between the Supervisee, Supervisor and proposed new Supervisor. An agreement should be reached with regard to what information will/should be transferred to the new Supervisor. The old supervision file is then closed and a new one opened by the new Supervisor.
This document has been developed in line with the supervision standards set down by BAPT (British Association of Play Therapists) and the CFA (Child and Family Agency) 2014.