COVID19 ADDENDUM REMOTE CRITERIA
Period: until further notice
In recognition of the continued challenges
faced by psychotherapy students and trainings during this period, it has been
agreed to adjust criteria for IAHIP accreditation in relation to students
training during this timeframe.
For any 2nd year, 3rd
year and 4th year students during the academic year of 2019-2020
there will a continuance of no limit imposed on remote personal therapy or
remote individual supervision for accreditation purposes. In terms of clinical
practice commencing in 3rd year a minimum of 150 in-person hours
over phase 1 and phase 2 will be required for accreditation purposes.
The following adjustments related to 3rd
year students will be incorporated into accreditation criteria with immediate
- For 3rd year students
during the academic year of 2021-2022 and 3rd year students
attending the 2022-2023 academic year, there will be no limit imposed on remote
personal therapy or remote individual supervision for accreditation purposes
however in-person sessions are the preferred option. In terms of clinical
practice commencing in 3rd year a minimum of 150 in-person hours over
phase 1 and phase 2 will be required for accreditation purposes.
- For 3rd year
students during the academic year of 2021-2022 and 3rd year students
attending the 2022-2023 academic year, all remote group supervision hours will
be admissible for accreditation purposes however in-person group supervision
remains the preferred option where at all possible.
- Supervision minimum ratios
- 1 supervision hour per 4 client
hours for Phase 1 or up to minimum of 200 hours, at least monthly.
- 1 supervision hour per 8 client
hours for Phase 2 in excess of 200 hours, with a minimum of once monthly
- Group supervision: groups shall
not exceed 4 supervisees, and each supervisee shall receive one hour of credit
per hour of group supervision.
A reminder that a clinical hour of
psychotherapy is 50-60 minutes long (for the purposes of accreditation). Shorter sessions may not be added together to
make up clinical hours. Consultations
with family members, GPs, Social Workers, etc, or any other forms of ‘psychological
support’ do not count as clinical hours. Telephone clinical practice is not
recommended for 3rd year students and will not be admissible
for accreditation purposes.
The Governing Body would like to extend
their support to all Student, Certified and Pre-accred Associates during this
difficult time and acknowledge the dedication and willingness of students and
trainings, and Certified/Pre-Accred Associates, in addressing and adapting to the
changing landscape of psychotherapy in recent years. Our collective commitment to the highest
standards is in the best interests of the public and our profession.
Updated - July 2022