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What does supervision mean in the context of Equine Facilitated Therapy?

In the interests of both clients and practitioners, most professional bodies for psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, coaches require members to incorporate supervision into their practice. At LEAP we are passionate about our Registered Practitioners having ethical & professional practises which means they engage in supervision. 

What is Supervision?

Working under supervision means that the Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist (EFP) or Equine Facilitated Learner (EFL) uses the services of another experienced and qualified EFP/L to review their work with clients, professional development (CPD) and often their personal development.

Supervision is a professional service, rather than a managerial role, usually independent from your place of work. At LEAP we have some experienced EFP/L Practitioners who have gone on to train in supervision and/or mentoring, the offer supervision services to our registered practitioners. We have a list of Registered Supervisors on www.leapequine.com

Who needs Supervision?

We believe passionately that all EFP/L Practitioners should have supervision, hence it is a professional requirement for our graduates and practitioners to work under supervision and we see it as an ethical imperative to safe practice. It is also a requirement of British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) who we are organisational members of, and we expect practitioners to also adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework.

Supervision exists for two reasons:

1: to protect clients

2: to improve the ability of EFP/L Practitioners to provide value to their clients.

Supervision protects clients, many of whom are vulnerable adults or young people, by involving an impartial third party in the work of the EFP/L and client, helping to reduce the risk of serious oversight and helping the EFP/L to reflect on their own feelings, thoughts, behaviour and general approach with the client.

The opportunities to reflect on how they relate to the client, and to gain insight from the perspective of another EFP/L, also help the practitioners to improve the value they are providing to their clients.

We have developed a Supervision Code of Conduct for our Registered Practitioners which puts client safety at the heart of their practise. We see it as everyone’s responsibility to safeguard our clients, ensuring as far as possible they are able to have a safe and healing experience of EFP/L sessions with professional, ethical and qualified Practitioners.

Client Confidentiality in Supervision

While many client details are shared in supervision, the overall client confidentiality is still safeguarded because individually identifying information (such as full name) is not revealed and information shared in supervision is itself protected under a supervision contract, including confidentiality and normally not shared outside the supervision relationship.

NB: Our registered practitioners all hold a unique logo for their website stating they are registered for 2020.

To find a Registered Practitioner near you look on our find a Therapist Page