It is important to note that all trainees undertaking accredited training courses must be supervised by a supervisor who is both accredited by ACAT and a current member of ACAT. For training at Foundation, Practitioner and Psychotherapist level supervision is 15 minutes minimum per client per week for all training cases. Trainees on the Psychotherapy level training must be supervised by an accredited supervisor who is also a CAT Psychotherapist. CATs preferred model is face to face group supervision but circumstances will arise when a group may not be possible for a part of trainee’s training and we explore alternative arrangements. Supervision appraisals are conducted individually.
Most trainees are employed by NHS or statutory organisations, they have access to their own caseload of clients through their workplace. The course helps trainees to organise their own locally based supervision with an ACAT accredited supervisor. Supervision may be accessed through their own workplace if the supervisor is employed in their own organisation; through a clinical placement where trainees see patients from within a NHS Trust or other statutory service in exchange for skilled supervision and the additional experience of being a member of that therapeutic team. Normally this does not involve any direct financial cost to the trainee. In the absence of these arrangements a trainee will need to fund supervision for their training cases. Psychotherapy course trainees may also be seeing patients privately and therefore setting up their own supervisory arrangement with an Accredited CAT supervisor who meets the course requirements.
Reports of the trainees’ clinical practice and use of supervision would usually be completed with each trainee at six monthly intervals by the supervisor. This will allow the trainee an opportunity to make changes where the supervisor identifies areas for development. The reports will include the supervisee’s self-evaluation and a report by the supervisor. The supervisor’s report is carried out in discussion with the trainee and includes evaluation against the core CAT competencies.
Revised February 2017
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