Supervision Requirements

ACCT Supervision Requirements

Supervision is defined as a contractual relationship in which a counsellor supervisor engages with a supervisee, where the supervisor signs a log and evaluation. The purposes of supervision are to increase competency, promote the professional growth of the supervisee, enhance the supervisees’ safe and effective use of self in the therapeutic relationship, discuss the direction of therapy, and safeguard the welfare of the client.

ACCT Supervision Requirements

These are the new requirements for supervision which came into effect on April 1, 2018, with the release of the Continuous Competency Development Plan. All new counsellors and all existing counsellors whose renewal date is after April 1, 2019, are required to abide by these requirements.

  1. Required Supervision:
    1. RTCc/ACc (Candidate) applicants are required to have successfully completed a minimum of 100 hours of clinical practice with supervision.
    2. RTC/AC applicants are required to have successfully completed a minimum of 200 hours of clinical practice with supervision.
    3. RTC/ACs and RTCc/ACcs are required to receive a minimum of 8 hours of supervision per year throughout their professional career (a minimum of 50 hours of supervision are required to advance to an MTC).
    4. MTC applicants are required to have completed a minimum of 50 hours of supervision and accumulated a minimum of 1000 direct client contact hours.
    5. MTCs are required to receive a minimum of 8 hours of supervision per year throughout their professional career. MTCs can utilize reciprocal supervision to satisfy their yearly supervision requirements.
    6. RCS applicants are required to have completed 120 hours of supervision and have 5 years of practice and have at least 1000 direct client contact hours.
    7. RCSs are required to receive a minimum of 8 hours of supervision per year throughout their professional career. RCS can utilize reciprocal supervision to satisfy their yearly supervision requirements,
  2. Logging Supervision Hours: 
    1. Initial supervision hours logs are to be submitted with ACCT Membership application.
    2. Thereafter supervision hours are logged annually using the Annual Competency Development Report at renewal time.
  3. Supervision Evaluations:
    1. All RTCs are required to receive supervision evaluations. MTCs and RCSs are not required to receive supervision evaluations. ACCT does not require copies of Supervision Evaluations but reserves the right to ask a member to submit them. However, it is recommended that supervisees keep these, in case they are required to provide them at a later date by the proposed BC College of Counselling Therapist.
    2. As per ACCT Supervisor Code of Ethics, all Supervisors are expected to keep Supervisee’s Evaluation for up to 7 years.
  4. Tracking Hours:
    1. All ACCT counsellors are required to track their accumulated client and supervision hours.
    2. All ACCT counsellors are required to keep an up-to-date log of these hours for their own records.
  5. Allowable Types of Supervision:
    1. Individual and Dyadic Supervision: involves 1 supervisor to 1 supervisee, or 1 supervisor to 2 supervisees.
    2. Group Supervision: involves a minimum of 1 supervisor to a maximum of 12 supervisees, is formal and structured; and includes an evaluation component, at least one group member must meet ACCT's criteria for Supervisors (a counsellor with a minimum of five years of experience in the practice of counselling). PLEASE NOTE: Informal “peer supervision” i.e. unstructured discussion of clients with colleagues, is not considered an acceptable form of supervision.
    3. Student Practicum Supervision: occurs as a student or in a practicum, where the hours are logged as part of the curriculum, or where an instructor or supervisor signs a log and evaluation. (This does not include all practicum hours, only the hours of supervision received for the practicum.)
    4. Supervision received during employment when the ACCT candidate or member is/or has been employed in the capacity of a counsellor.

Note: For members, who are no longer able to contact previous supervisors or employment supervision providers please contact ACCT for further instructions.

The foundation of ACCT is set on a competency-based framework. Professional practice is an essential component of competency. Professional development, supervision and self-care are important ways to verify the competency standards of ACCT members. All ACCT members are required to complete professional development and supervision as part of their professional practices.  It is essential that RTC/ACs entering the counselling profession, MTCs continually expanding their scope of practice and RCS' who are providing supervision services attain supervision and professional development annually. Government-approved regulations have set the industry trend in Canada to include professional development and supervision as mandatory professional practices of competent counsellors.

ACCT members are encouraged to choose Registered Counselling Supervisors (RCS). RCSs adhere to the principles in the ACCT Code of Ethics for Supervisors.

The ACCT Registered Counselling Supervisor (RCS) designation, while recommended, is not required in order for a supervisor to be approved for ACCT members.

Non-RCS Supervisors must:

  • Be a Master Therapeutic Counsellor (MTC); OR 
  • Be an instructor employed by a counselling school with a minimum of 5 years of counselling experience in counselling practice in a private or agency setting; OR
  • Meet the supervision requirements for non-ACCT Supervisors

Non-ACCT supervisors must:

  • Hold a certificate or diploma; bachelor's degree; postgraduate certificate; master’s degree or Ph.D. in counselling or a related field from a registered school; or equivalent experience and training
  • Have completed a minimum of 5 years of counselling practice, including a minimum of 1000 direct contact hours (500 in Canada)
  • Have received a minimum of 120 hours of supervision
  • Be a member in good standing in a professional association, or belong to a regulatory organization whose members practice counselling therapy
  • Have current liability insurance

If your supervisor is not an ACCT member, we do require that you provide us with your Supervisor's name, contact information and their registration number with a recognized professional association.

MTCs providing supervision are required to adhere to the ACCT Code of Ethics for Supervisors.