AFT Directory of Approved Supervisors

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The clinical supervision of family and systemic psychotherapists should be provided by an AFT Approved Supervisor or an experienced UKCP registered family and systemic psychotherapist. In other cases a CV of the supervisor must be submitted to the Registration Committee for approval. If you wish to find an Approved Supervisor, please see our 

AFT Directory of Approved Supervisors

Supervision Requirements

All of the requirements below relate to full time and part time therapists, there is no pro-rata reduction in the required hours for part-time working as the standards remain the same.

The minimum requirements for the first three years following qualification are 18 hours of clinical supervision per year, of which at least 12 hours should be retrospective and/or live individual supervision. The remaining 6 hours can include live team supervision and/or retrospective group supervision with an approved supervisor.

Family therapists registered for three or more years beyond qualification are required to have 12 hours supervision per year. Arrangements may include the following options:

  1. Individual Supervision
  2. Team or group supervision with a lead supervisor (no bigger than 6 Supervisees)
  3. Peer co-supervision with another family therapist 
  4. Peer Group Supervision

Supervision may be employment based or external.

Peer supervision

This can take the place of individual supervision for those who have been qualified for more than 3 years, but there must be the opportunity for the regular presentation of one’s own practice. The Registration Committee require that the peer supervisees, whether pair or group, have an annual consultation from an AFT approved supervisor and/or an experienced family therapist registered with UKCP. This should include a consultation to the process of the group as the reason behind this is that a peer arrangement may run the risk of becoming less challenging. It may be difficult to ensure that it is fulfilling all the roles of supervision e.g. regular presentation of own practice, professional development, support, and protection of the public. If the peer supervision is additional to the required 12 hours supervision then the consultation is not a requirement.

SKYPE or equivalent (Viber, Facetime) may be considered by the Registration Committee, in circumstances where it is not possible to meet for supervision 

For full details of supervision requirements and group supervision please see the AFT's CPD Page

UKCP has also established a Directory of Approved Supervisors. To be listed on the directory UKCP members must meet the supervision standards and criteria set by their UKCP college. All individuals wanting to be included on this directory must apply via their Organisational Member (OM).  See How to Become an Approved Supervisor.  

Supporting Documents Related to Supervision

CPD Information for Supervisors (PDF)

Supervision Information Sheet (PDF)

Code of Ethics for Supervisors (PDF)

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