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For professional psychotherapists


When do you need to make a call for supervision?

  • When you have the feeling that you work harder than your client....
  • When the client does not improve his/her well-being....
  • When you have the feeling that no progress has been made in therapy.....
  • When you need to improve the therapeutic relationship....

Types of supervision : individual and group

Obligation of 90 hours of Continuous Education Over 5 years

“Psychologists who practice psychotherapy and the psychotherapist's permit holders must accumulate at least 90 hours of continuous education activities in psychotherapy over a period of five years, starting June 21, 2012. Of those 90 hours, a minimum of 5 hours must be devoted to individual supervision of specific cases. Note also that nothing would prevent a member or a permit holder to devote the entire 90 hours to supervision if they wished.

Given the eminently educative aspects of group supervision, hours devoted to that type of supervision are also cumulative, but as continuous education activities, and not as supervision hours. Only hours of individual supervision, i.e. those related to psychotherapy conducted by the member or a psychotherapist's permit holder to patients can be recorded to meet the 5 hours of mandatory supervision.

In this regard, written agreements between the professionals and their supervisors must clearly state how much time is reserved for individual supervision and how much is allocated to group supervision. For example, if a member or a psychotherapist's permit holder participates in a group supervision of four persons being supervised a total of 16 hours; the written agreement in this context must clarify that each person will receive four hours of individual supervision and 12 hours group supervision. Only the 4 hours of individual supervision would be counted for the purpose of meeting the required hours of individual supervision, while the 12 hours of group supervision would be aggregated for purposes of meeting the required 85 hours of mandatory continuing education.” (Website of the OPQ, 2012)

© 2012 Anastassia Markova - Psychologist and Trainer