Safe and Effective Use of Self (2)

Can you please expand on criteria for the 'safe and effective use of self' category?

Friday, 18 July 2014 00:38

Psychotherapeutic traditions and practices related to the development of a psychotherapist’s safe and effective use of self in the therapeutic relationship are diverse. Some applicants will have developed this competency while engaging in their own personal psychotherapy. It would be useful if you kept proof of personal psychotherapy sessions in your portfolio. Others will have taken courses that address use of self; these may include, for example, personal family history and dynamics, anti-oppression and diversity, power dynamics, relational boundaries, experiential practice as client, or interpersonal relationship development. These topics may have been part of courses you took while you received formal training. Putting a description of the course in your portfolio would be useful.

You may also have taken workshops related to this topic. Proof of attendance and a workshop description should be kept in your portfolio.

Others may have engaged in a guided and reflective Indigenous practice, such as the four directional way.

For many practitioners, this competency is also addressed in a particular form of clinical supervision. Records of supervision hours would be useful for your portfolio.

Will sessions with a spiritual director count as hours towards this category?

Friday, 18 July 2014 00:38

Psychotherapeutic traditions and practices related to the development of a psychotherapist’s safe and effective use of self in the therapeutic relationship are diverse. Some applicants will have developed this competency while engaging in their own personal psychotherapy. It would be useful if you kept proof of personal psychotherapy sessions in your portfolio. Others will have taken courses that address use of self; these may include, for example, personal family history and dynamics, anti-oppression and diversity, power dynamics, relational boundaries, experiential practice as client, or interpersonal relationship development. These topics may have been part of courses you took while you received formal training. Putting a description of the course in your portfolio would be useful.

You may also have taken workshops related to this topic. Proof of attendance and a workshop description should be kept in your portfolio.

Others may have engaged in a guided and reflective Indigenous practice, such as the four directional way.

For many practitioners, this competency is also addressed in a particular form of clinical supervision. Records of supervision hours would be useful for your portfolio.

It will be up to the applicant to determine whether SEUS was a component of sessions with a spiritual director, to convey that information to the College and defend his/her position, if asked.