CRITERIA FOR ACCREDITATION OF HUMANISTIC AND INTEGRATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPISTS
1. This Bye Law sets out the minimum criteria that an applicant must meet in order to be accredited as a psychotherapist and accepted as a member of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. These criteria have been drawn up so as to comply with standards agreed for all member organisations of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy and the European Association for Psychotherapy.
2. To be accredited as psychotherapists and accepted as members of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy applicants must
2.1 The humanistic and integrative nature of an applicant’s practice is normally ascertained through
2.2 The undertakings about their behaviour as members if they are accredited are detailed below in clause 9.
3. The overall psychotherapy training completed by an applicant must have consisted of two phases.
3.1 Phase 1 of the overall psychotherapy training must involve postgraduate level course-work in a psychotherapy training organisation. The course-work must extend over a minimum of four years, and it must have been preceded by a relevant undergraduate degree of a minimum of three years duration (or equivalent). The course-work must be of a specified length and must have included specified elements, with a specified minimum number of hours devoted to each. (The required length and nature of the course and the minimum hours devoted to its various elements are set out below in clause 4 and its sub-clauses, and in sub-clauses of clauses 5, 6 and 7.)
3.2 Phase 2 of the overall training must consist of a post-course practicum (or pre-accreditation period), which must be of at least one year's and no more than five years' duration, and must have included specified elements, with a specified minimum number of hours devoted to each. (The required elements and hours are set out below in sub-clauses of clauses 5, 6 and 7.)
3.3 During Phase 1 and Phase 2 combined there must be a total of at least 250 hours of psychotherapy undertaken as a client. (Minimum requirements apply in Phase 1 and these are detailed in Section 5 and its sub-clauses.)
3.4 Both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the training must each involve a minimum number of hours of supervised clinical practice by the trainee and the two phases combined must involve a total of 500hours. (Details of minimum requirements in each phase of training are given below in clause 6 and its sub-clauses.)
3.5 The clinical practice of the applicant during each of the two phases of the training must have been supervised, and a minimum of 150hours of supervision must have been received during the combined phases 1 and 2. (Details of the required supervision, including the minimum ratio of supervision hours to client hours and the qualifications and experience of acceptable supervisors, are set out below in clause 7 and its sub-clauses.)
4.1 The Phase 1 training course will be comprised of:
4.1.1 Theory and Group Learning shall between them take up a minimum total of 500 tutor-directed hours, with each having a minimum of 200 hours.
4.2 Theoretical Content of Phase 1 Training Course
The training course shall include a minimum of 200hours of Theory. The theoretical topics dealt with shall be drawn primarily from humanistic and integrative modalities of psychotherapy and be rooted in experiential learning. They shall also include:
4.3 Group Learning during Phase 1 Training Course
The Phase 1 training course shall include a minimum of 200 hours of Group Learning. Such Group Learning shall include:
4.3.1 No hours of group work used to fulfil the requirement for group learning detailed in sub-clause 4.3 may be used to fulfil the requirement for psychotherapeutic experience detailed below in sub-clause 5.2.
5. Psychotherapeutic Experience as Client
5.1 The required psychotherapeutic experience as client throughout Phase 1 and Phase 2 must include a combination of individual psychotherapy and group psychotherapy. Other forms of verifiable psychotherapeutic experience may also be submitted, such as experiential workshops and personal feedback/tutorial sessions with trainers undertaken as part of the Phase 1 training course or further individual psychotherapy or group psychotherapy undertaken during the Phase 2 post-course practicum period.
5.2 Psychotherapeutic experience during the Phase 1 psychotherapy training course must include:
5.2.1 It is the responsibility of the training organisation to ensure
5.2.2 Group psychotherapy undertaken outside of the psychotherapy training course during Phase 1 cannot be used to fulfil the requirements set out above in clauses 5.2 and 5.2.1 unless it was approved by the training organisation and took place while the applicant was a trainee on the training course.
5.2.3 No hours of group work used to fulfil the requirement for group learning specified above in sub-clause 4.3 may be used to fulfil the requirement for psychotherapeutic experience as client specified in sub-clauses 5.1 and 5.2.
6. Supervised Clinical Practice
As specified in sub-clause 3.4 above, during the overall psychotherapy training comprising both Phase 1 (training course work) and Phase 2 (post course practicum) combined, the person applying for accreditation and membership of the Association must have completed a minimum of 500 hours of supervised clinical practice.
6.1 Of the total of 500 hours clinical practice required in Phases 1 and 2 combined,
6.2 Clinical practice within the training course shall not take place in the first two years of training.
6.3 A student who successfully completes Phase 1 of psychotherapy training with at least 200 hours but less than 300 hours of supervised clinical practice completed shall not be eligible to apply for the European Certificate of Psychotherapy (ECP) until a figure of 300 completed hours of supervised clinical practice has been reached to the satisfaction of his/her current supervisor and of the training course from which he/she graduated.
7.1 Nature of Supervision during Psychotherapy Training Phase 1 (Course Work). During the training course a ratio of at least one hour of supervision to four hours of client work is required, with a minimum frequency of monthly supervision.
7.1.1 Training supervision may be either individual or in group or a combination of both. Where supervision is in group, the group shall not exceed four supervisees and each supervisee shall receive one hour of credit for each hour of group supervision. (Clear equivalence within a different structure will, in certain circumstances, be acceptable.)
7.1.2 Other didactic supervision during the training course (e.g. clinical seminars), additional to that provided under sub-clause 7.1.1 above, may be included as supervision of clinical practice, up to a maximum of 50hours (out of the required minimum of 150 hours referred to in clause 7).
7.2 Supervision during Psychotherapy Training Phase 2 (Post-Course Practicum, Pre-Accreditation Period) During Phase 2 (the post-course practicum, pre-accreditation period), a minimum ratio of one hour of supervision to eight hours of client work is required, with a minimum frequency of monthly supervision.
7.2.1 At least one half of the supervision in the Phase 2 post-course practicum period shall be individual supervision.
7.2.2 Where any supervision in the Phase 2 post-course practicum period is in group, the group shall not exceed four supervisees and each supervisee shall have the opportunity to make a meaningful presentation and shall receive one hour of credit for every hour of supervision.
7.3 Acceptable Supervisors
7.3.1 In the case of trainees who started supervised client work before 1st September 2011, and also in the case of those who had completed Part 1 of their training and begun their post-course practicum (pre-accreditation) period before 1st September 2011, supervisors must either be accredited or formally recognised supervisors as referred to above in clause 7.3, or supervisors who have been accredited members of the Association for at least five years and who also have a minimum of two years experience of giving supervision and have undergone, or are undergoing, qualifying training in preparation for accreditation by IAHIP as supervisors. (If however trainees or pre-accreditation therapists change to a new supervisor after 1stSeptember 2011, it must be to an accredited or formally recognised supervisor as referred to above in clause 7.3)
7.3.2 During the Phase 2 post-course practicum (pre-accreditation) period, until they have completed in aggregate 300 hours of supervised clinical practice during Phases 1 and 2 of psychotherapy training, supervisees are free, subject to sub-clause 7.3above, to be supervised by a supervisor who had been their training supervisor during Phase 1 or who had had a significant role in their Phase 1 training. Thereafter during the post-course practicum (pre-accreditation period) supervisees should not be supervised by their training supervisor or by a supervisor who had a significant role in their training. At that juncture, a period of three months shall be allowed to enable the graduate supervisee seek out a new supervisor.
Applicants are required to demonstrate to the satisfaction of IAHIP that, between their core training and continuing professional development, they meet or exceed the following European Association for Psychotherapy requirements: