The group of practitioners in UK who have created this website have been thinking and talking together about the supervision of Energy psychology methods used in Psychotherapy and Couselling practice. The policy set out here is subject to ongoing conversation and development and we would welcome comments.
The methods of Energy Therapy may be wonderful and effective. Energy Therapy is also innovative and dynamically evolving in theory and practice. Although with a growing evidence base, it is very much an experimental field.
We hold it as self-evident that both practice and theory need to be the subject of rigorous, exploratory and enjoyable discourse between ourselves as practitioners, and in the process of teaching energy methods. Supervision is a very important part of this process. We recommend that practitioners think responsibly about the supervision they need from more experienced energy practitioners in the field, taking into account, amongst other things, the guidelines for frequency of their registering bodies eg BPS, BACP, UKCP, BPC etc and the fact that this is a field in which we are all effectively researchers. This is in addition to non-energy work supervision.
Here are two examples which are intended to promote thinking, not to make concrete suggestions; they are chosen to inform the situation where we hold the balance that most of us who have learned Energy Psychology methods are psychotherapists or clinical psychologists with many years of experience , and yet, in the early months and years of integrating these techniques we are also effectively students.
1. The Humanistic and Integrative College of UKCP guidelines for supervision for students include the following (click link for full document UKCP-HIP-College training standards)
- The ratio of individual supervision hours to overall client hours should be a minimum of 1:6
- Group supervision should reflect this ratio
- Supervised hours should reflect the approach to be practiced and demonstrate that the trainee has the appropriate experience and competence for the model of psychotherapy that they will be practicing.
2. The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) CPD policy BPC CPD policy recommends for trained practioners a minimum amount of CPD activity identified as 30 hours for all registrants of which 15 hours should be clinical learning. These minimum hours apply regardless of how much clinical work is undertaken. Clinical learning is based on the presentation of clinical practice which can either be in individual consultation with a colleague or in clinical workshops/ supervision. The policy sets a minimum standard, but most psychotherapists will exceed the number of minimum hours.
Many of us who are teachers and experienced practitioners of Energy Therapy are in weekly peer supervision which we find invaluable in thinking through theory and practice in depth.
To be consistent with our UK codes of practice, practitioners can and should obtain supervision/case consultation from psychotherapists of their own choosing. Of course practitioners will think carefully about a potential supervisor’s training and experience of energy therapy and their modality being congruent with their own developing practice. The means will vary depending on availability and choice – individual/ group, and in person/Skype/telephone.
At present AIT post-Basics and post-MAP supervision for those who wish to be Certified as an AIT practitioner has to be with a supervisor approved by them and according to criteria set out in a separate page of this website (ie Basics +Basics supervision, MAP + MAP supervision) AIT certification