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National Training Directors Committees


National Training Directors’ Committees:  Their terms of reference and responsibilities

Approved by the Executive Board: 10th November 2020

  1. The Certification Coordinator of the ISST will appoint a National Training Directors’ Committee for any country in which there is more than one ISST approved Training Program (and therefore more than one Certified Trainer). 

  2. A National Training Directors’ Committee should normally have between 3 and 5 members.

  3. Recommendations with respect to the membership of a National Training Directors Committee shall initially be made by the Certification Coordinator and must be considered and ratified by the Executive Board.

  4. The role of a National Training Directors’ Committee is to
    • Advise the ISST with respect to the structure of professional activity in the country relevant to the licencing and practice of psychologists and psychotherapists and to make recommendations with respect to the professional requirements to be met for those who wish to become Full Members of the ISST (which implies their eligibility to apply for Certification).
    • Alert the Certification Coordinator to any conflicts between ISST Supervisors and/or Trainers that might impact negatively on the mission and reputation of the ISST.
  5. Membership: Any person who is an ISST Certified Supervisor or Trainer who is living and working in the country in question is eligible for consideration for membership of a National Training Directors’ Committee. This includes those Certified as Supervisors or Trainers in any Certification Category (Individual, Group, Couple, Children and Adolescents). In selecting members of a National Training Directors’ Committee, the Certification Coordinator should
    • give precedence to Trainers over Supervisors,
    • give precedence to those Trainers who are running ISST approved training programs,
    • include (where available) Trainers from different Certification Categories (Individual, Group, Couple, Children and Adolescents),
    • seek to ensure broad representation of Trainers, for example, across different regions of the country in question, or across different language groups.
  6. The Certification Coordinator shall appoint a Chairperson.  This may be done in consultation with the members of a National Training Directors’ Committee.

  7. Meetings: A National Training Directors’ Committee should meet at least four times a year (usually online) and keep and publish minutes of these meetings.

  8. The Chairperson of a National Training Directors’ Committee is responsible for
    • ensuring that the Committee meets regularly in terms of §7 above,
    • ensuring that attention is given to any issues or events within the country relevant to the role of the committee as defined in §4 above.
    • monitoring the membership of the Committee and advising the Certification Coordinator if one or more members is not making an active contribution to the Committee,
    • keeping the relevant National Training Directors’ Committee page on the website up to date with respect to membership and minutes of meetings.


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