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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 effect.

  • 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 still apply:
  • 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 attendance.
  • 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

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