PBSP Accreditation Requirements: Practice & Supervision
There are two terms used in describing PBSP qualification: Evaluation and Accreditation.
Evaluation is the process which takes place at the end of the 3 year approved training, to give participants feedback on their skill-level, and guidance for going forward.
Accreditation (referred to in the USA and Europe as Certification) is a process that takes place one or more years later. It requires a higher level of competence and expertise in using PBSP.
To apply for Accreditation, participants will have completed the three year approved PBSP training, and will subsequently have run PBSP groups as a therapist.
Details of practice and supervision requirements are listed below, followed by a short note on the provision of evidence and the process of Accreditation.
- These may be run during the final year of the three-year PBSP approved training, and during one or more years in the post-training period. The therapist conducts a minimum of 100 full structures (which may take approx 150 hours) before they apply for Accreditation
- Only full structures run as a therapist will qualify. Structures run by students during the training that are shared between three (or two) therapists do not qualify.
- Structures run during the third year of training outside the training course may be counted provided they are full structures.
- A one-to-one session that is mostly ‘consultation’ but that brings in Ideal Parents in the last fifteen minutes would not be counted as a full structure.
- At least half of the total 100 post-training, pre-accreditation structures must be conducted in groups. This is to ensure continued practice and experience in working with PBSP fundamentals, such as the use of touch, accommodation and interaction.
- Up to 50 of the post-training, pre-accreditation structures can be conducted in one-to-one sessions.
- Each group session must contain at least three client participants.
- It is good practice for your own continued learning to film some of the structures that you lead. These can be used in your supervision.
Ongoing supervision is important, and will start when you begin to lead PBSP groups or one-to-one structures. This typically happens in the second year of the training, and will continue through the post-training, pre-Accreditation period and beyond. Regular supervision optimises your continued personal and professional growth as a PBSP therapist.
- PBSP supervision is be undertaken by a PBSP Supervisor. This may be a fully PBSP Accredited Supervisor, a PBSP Supervisor in a pre-accreditation phase, or a PBSP Supervisor in Training.
- A minimum of 30 hours’ of supervision is required during the post-training, pre-accreditation period. This equates to approximately one hour of supervision for approximately every three or four structures.
- There are various models of PBSP Supervision. i) Live supervision in a group setting, where the supervisor offers guidance and support to the therapist-client who leads the structure. ii) supervision of a filmed structure brought by the therapist-client to a one-to-one meeting or within a supervision group. iii) Only occasionally may Supervision be conducted based on reported behaviour rather than direct evidence of practice.
- A minimum of 20 of the 30 hours must be direct, one-to-one supervision. A maximum of 10 hours in group supervision can count towards Accreditation. The 30 hours may also be entirely comprised of one-to-one supervision.
- Supervision, in a group setting where a trainee session is actually being live-supervised, can be counted as one supervised hour, even if the live supervision and any feedback after it extends beyond 60 minutes.
- In a supervision group, each session that you observe being supervised also counts as 20 minutes of supervision, up to a maximum of 10 hours (i.e. 30 supervised sessions of other PBSP therapists).
- Supervision undertaken as part of the approved training is not counted in the above hours. Supervision undertaken privately, outside the approved training hours, can be counted.
A chronological log is kept of practice structures and supervision. The purpose of the log is to account for and summarise evidence, and also to offer a useful document for occasional therapist reflection and supervisor review during the one-or-more year period leading up to PBSP Accreditation. Have your supervisor sign the log after each session, where possible.
THE PROCESS OF ACCREDITATION
Participants submit three copies of a film to the UK PBSP Training Co-ordinator. This should show the therapist leading a structure in a group. The group should largely comprise people new to PBSP, not training-group peers.
The fee for Accreditation is £400 payable to the Pesso Boyden UK Training Institute when the film is submitted. The therapist is contacted with a result within three months of submitting the film.
Amended June 11th 2016 Sally Potter, Juliet Grayson, Sandy Cotter