SAC Clinical Supervision Components And Qualifying Standards

Following are details of the new Clinical Supervision Components and Qualifying Standards which will come into effect on 1 June 2018.

These new Components and Qualifying Standards for Clinical Supervision were proposed by the Standing Committee on Clinical Supervision to the EXCO in 2015 and were first tabled at the 34th AGM in June 2016. Subsequently, there was a Dialogue with the EXCO in January 2017 and feedback was received from members which eventually led to the approval of the final document at the 35th AGM in March 2017.

Decisions were made on the following changes and expectations on the following 3 areas:

A.   New Clinical Supervision Components for all SAC Members

B.   New Qualifying Standards for Clinical Supervisor Applicants

C.   Renewal Process for Registered Clinical Supervisors

D.   Frequently Asked Questions

 

 
  1. From June 2018, all new applications for membership categories that have a clinical supervision component will be required to use the services of an SAC Registered Clinical Supervisors or SAC Pre-Registered Clinical Supervisors to clock their supervision hours.
  1. All Clinical Supervision Log Sheets must be endorsed by an SAC Registered Clinical Supervisor or SAC Pre-Registered Clinical Supervisor.
  1. Clinical Supervision is to be clocked on a ratio of 1:10 i.e. 1 hour of clinical supervision for every 10 hours of practice.
  1. The Membership categories affected are:
Student Members Provisional Clinical Members Clinical Members Registered Counsellors Pre-Registered Clinical SupervisorsRegistered Clinical Supervisors*Click on the individual buttons below for details.
  • Student Members - Postgraduate and Master-level Students who are studying in any of the institutions offering our SAC Recognised Programmes and clocking their 100 hours of Practicum on a ratio of 1:10
  •  IMPORTANT UPDATE: Clinical Supervision for Students should be 100% of individual supervision and are required to use the services of an SAC Registered Clinical Supervisor or SAC Pre-Registered Clinical Supervisor.
  • Provisional Clinical Members – Graduates of our recognized programs who are clocking the first 600 hours of their supervised practice over 3 years (36 consecutive months) on a ratio of 1:10 in order to upgrade to a Clinical Member status.
  • IMPORTANT UPDATE: Clinical Supervision of Provisional Clinical Members should comprise of a minimum *30% (or 18 hours) of Individual Supervision and 70% (or 42 hours) of Group Supervision endorsed by a Registered Clinical Supervisor;
  • This would mean, for every 10 hours of clinical supervision at least *three (3) hours should be individual supervision and seven (7) hours can be group supervision
*However, members may choose to have all sessions (100%) as Individual Supervision, if they so desire.
  • Clinical Members - Current Clinical Members are strongly recommended to seek Clinical Supervision in their practice. Below are the recommendations for Clinical Members based on the minimum of 200 practice hours per year.
  • IMPORTANT UPDATE: The recommended hours of Clinical Supervision for Clinical Members in practice is at least *10% (or 2 hours) per year to be Individual Supervision,
  • While the remaining 90% (or 18 hours) may be in the form of Group Supervision, endorsed by a Registered Clinical Supervisor.
*However, members may choose to have all sessions (100%) as Individual Supervision, if they so desire.
  • Registered Counsellors - Registered Counsellors are strongly recommended to seek Clinical Supervision in their practice. Below are the recommendations for Registered Counselors.
  •  IMPORTANT UPDATE: The recommended hours of Clinical Supervision for Registered Counsellors should be a minimum of 10% (or 2 hours) of Individual Supervision per year,.
  • While the remaining 90% (or 18 hours) may be in the form of Group Supervision and Peer Supervision, endorsed by a Registered Clinical Supervisor
  • Peer Supervision will only be approved for Registered Counsellors and Registered Clinical Supervisors.
  • The endorsing Peer Supervisor must be a Registered Clinical Supervisor.
 
  • Pre-Registered Clinical Supervisors - All new applicants will be given the title of Pre-Registered Clinical Supervisor for the first 2 years of recognition and be placed on the Register of Clinical Supervisors.
  • All the expectations of a Registered Clinical Supervisor as mentioned below will apply to Pre-Registered Clinical Supervisor.
  • Registered Clinical Supervisors - A new renewal procedure will be required every two (2) years for all current Registered Clinical Supervisors. You will be duly informed of the renewal process.
  • IMPORTANT UPDATE: Supervision of Registered Clinical Supervisors (who are also Registered Counsellor) should be a minimum of 10% (or 2 hours) of Individual Supervision per year.
  • The remaining 90% (or 18 hours) of the Clinical Supervision hours may be in the form of Group Supervision and Peer Supervision.
  • Peer Supervision will only be endorsed for Registered Counsellors and Registered Clinical Supervisors.
  • The endorsing Peer Supervisor must be a Registered Clinical Supervisor.
  • See the Renewal Process for Registered Clinical Supervisor below.
  1. Professional Indemnity
    1. All SAC Registered Clinical Supervisors and Pre-Registered Clinical Supervisors must be covered by the SAC-AIG Professional Indemnity cover or they must declare in the Online Application Form that they have sufficient Professional Indemnity cover.
    2. Members are to note that they have to *update their Professional Indemnity status in any of the following scenarios:
      1. should they resign from their current employment
      2. should they change their employment or role
      3. should they move into private practice
      4. should they be involved in any therapeutic or counselling role overseas.
*NOTE: This is critical because the Professional Indemnity provided by the agency may not be portable or applicable in external jurisdictions outside of the agency or outside of Singapore.

  1. New Qualifying Standards for Clinical Supervisor Applicants
    1. 5 years of clinical practice as a Registered Counsellor
    2. Achieved 1500 hours of cumulative practice of client contact (5-8 years of practice of which 150 hours should be providing supervision)
  • Formal training of at least 150 hours in clinical supervision
  1. Pre-Registered Clinical Supervisor status will be given for the first two years upon approval.
    1. During which time they will have to clock at least 100 hours of clinical supervision hours.
    2. A simple form of Meta Supervision feedback will be required in the renewal process at the end of the two years.
    1. EXEMPTION CLAUSE: Applicants who are long-serving practitioners who have been clinical supervisors but do not have the necessary training hours may apply and be granted Pre-Registered Clinical Supervisor credential until they meet required training hours and  the 2-year renewal requirements.
  1. Application for extension of the 2-year Renewal period:
Pre-Registered Clinical Supervisors and Registered Clinical Supervisors who may not be able to fulfil the required number of supervision hours within the 2-year eligibility period may apply for leave-of-absence OR for exception OR for extension. Approval on a case-by-case basis.
  1. New Qualifying Standards for Pre-Registered Clinical Supervisor Applicants
    1. 5 years of clinical practice as a Registered Counsellor
    2. Achieved 1500 hours of cumulative practice of client contact (5-8 years of practice of which 150 hours should be providing supervision)
  • Formal training of at least 150 hours in clinical supervision
  1. Pre-Registered Clinical Supervisor status will be given for the first two years upon approval.
    1. During which time they will have to clock at least 100 hours of clinical supervision hours.
    2. A simple form of Meta Supervision feedback will be required in the renewal process at the end of the two years.
  1. EXEMPTION CLAUSE: Applicants who are long-serving practitioners who have been providing clinical supervision but do not have the necessary formal training hours may apply and be granted Pre-Registered Clinical Supervisorcredentials until they meet required training hours and  the 2-year renewal requirements.
Registered Clinical Supervisors are required to renew their recognition every two-years. The cycle will be the same as that of the Registered Counsellor in the month of June annually (from June 2018). The following requirements must be met:
  1. 300 hours of clinical practice (Individual, Couple, Family, Group, Supervision, Consultation and Skills-related Training)
  2. 100 hours of clinical supervision (Baseline Requirements)
  3. 50 CPE hours, 10% of which has to be related to Clinical Supervision
    10% (2 hours) of personal supervision must be Individual Supervision
  1. The remaining 90% (or 18 hours) of the Clinical Supervision hours may be in the form of Group Supervision and Peer Supervision.
  • Peer Supervision will only be endorsed for Registered Counsellors and Registered Clinical Supervisors.
  1. The endorsing Peer Supervisor must be a Registered Clinical Supervisor.
Q1: Why was the Clinical Supervision qualifying standards announced so suddenly?

A1: This new procedural requirement and qualifying standards was first announced in the SAC News Bulletin September 2015 issue and subsequently passed during the 35th AGM.  The implementation date will be effective from 1 June 2018.

Q2: Where can I find the SAC Clinical Supervision Standards and Procedures?

A2: Please refer to website under Registry/Registered Clinical Supervisor.

Q3: What about my clinical hours which were supervised by a non-SAC Registered Clinical Supervisor?

A3: To help members who are currently working to obtain provisional clinical membership or clinical membership, the clinical hours supervised by non-SAC Registered Clinical Supervisor will be accepted up to June 1 2018. This means that any clinical and supervision hours clocked before May 31, 2018, signed by a supervisor who is a non-SAC Registered Clinical Supervisor will be accepted.

Q4: Can a Non-SAC Registered Clinical Supervisor still sign my log sheets after June 2018?

A4: No, after 1 June 2018, all clinical and supervision hours must be endorsed and signed by an SAC Registered Clinical Supervisor or a Pre-Registered Clinical Supervisor in order for the clinical supervision hours to be counted towards having membership credentials with SAC.

Q5: What if my current Clinical Supervisor wants to become an SAC Registered Clinical Supervisor?A5: Clinical Supervisors who are currently not members of SAC may apply by submitting an SAC membership online application first. However, applications to be on the Register of Counsellors will be considered on a case-by-case basis only. Applications can be made via the SAC website at www.sacsingapore.org

Q6: I have already submitted my application to be a Clinical Supervisor, does that mean I have to meet the new application standards?

A6: All new Applications currently in process and those received up till 1 June 2018 will be assessed based on the previous expectations.

Q7: After June 2018, can I apply under the previous benchmarks?

A7: No. All new Applications received from 1 June 2018 will be expected to meet the new benchmarks. Exceptions will only be made on the basis of an official appeal to the EXCO. The EXCO’s decision on appeal is final.