ISST CERTIFICATION AS A SCHEMA THERAPY SUPERVISOR AND A SCHEMA THERAPY TRAINER REVISED CRITERIA AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Approved by the Executive Board in October 2021 and effective immediately
1. Entitlements of ISST certified schema therapy supervisors and trainers
1.1. An ISST Certified Supervisor is entitled to:
FULLY Supervisors can OBSERVE AND OR COACH DYADIC EXERCISES in training SESSIONS under the direction and responsibility of training program director. They can be counted in the 1/20 ratio allowing more participants
1.2. An ISST Certified Trainer, in addition to providing ISST certified supervision (as above), can contribute to, an existing approved ISST Certified training course or Training Program under the direction and responsibility of that program’s director and to apply for approval of a certification training program of their own
2. Application requirements for ISST certification as a supervisor.
2.1. Applicants for certification as a Schema Therapy Supervisor must provide documented evidence of all of the following:
a) Have regular supervision of their supervision by a certified supervisor – trainer, for every 2-3 supervision sessions provided. This needs to total a minimum of SIX HOURS of supervised practice.*
b) Use the STSVRS to discuss supervision experience - Download the form here.
d) It is recommended that supervisors are to use this supervisor evaluation form to assist in the delivery of supervision and evaluate its effectiveness. Download the form here.
e) Please note it is encouraged that you apply for your supervisor status within 12 months of doing the Supervisor Skills Webinar. Some people may finish within 12months but should not be less than 6 months. Please note that when you meet requirements YOU must send your certificate and complete an application form and send this to the certification coordinator Email. The date on the certificate for supervisor status is when the 12 months begins for proceeding to Trainer status.
f) When selecting a supervisor please be aware that a supervisor (whether supervision on supervision or other supervisory relationships) must not be with a partner, friend, parent or family member. This poses a conflict of interest and becomes a dual relationship which compromises the quality of supervision and subsequent learning outcomes. If it becomes apparent that supervision has occurred where there is a dual relationship the supervision on supervision will not be considered for any certification purposes. This includes continuing education requirements. Please email the Training and Certification coordinators should you need guidance here.
2.2. Applicants for certification as a Schema Therapy Trainer must include documented evidence of all of the following:
3.1. All the requirements and conditions set out must be from activities of the applicatant in the same certification category as that in which s/he is certified and is applying for the higher level of certification (i. e. Schema Therapy for Children and Adolescents, or Schema Therapy for Couples, or Group Schema Therapy).
3.2. All exceptions for present rules regarding year of starting the training or date of receiving Advanced certificate will end on 31st December 2021.
Continuing Education in Schema Therapy
12 hours of continuing education (CPD) activity - i.e., ST workshops, added supervision, presentation in ISST special interest group - are required for all ISST Trainer-Supervisors every 2 years (6 hours per year; Please refer to Continuing Education Policy).
The CPD requirement will be reported and documented with the following:
Independent Tape Raters for ISST certification
Tape raters must be certified at the Advanced level and have met the Supervisor requirements; This means they have obtained their certificate after completing the Supervisor Skills Webinar and Supervision on Supervision requirements . Tape raters for certification must be independent. "Independent" has been defined by the ISST Executive Board as: an ISST certified Supervisor/trainer who is not the director of the applicant's training program, a supervisor or a participant in their training – didactic or role-play portions. We realize that there will be situations where this definition cannot be met completely – for example, forensic settings with limitations regarding taping or the removal of tapes from the institution. In those situations, please write to the ISST training and certification coordinators to request an exemption. This decision has been made to prevent conflicts of interest. We are aware of inter - rater reliability issues with the STCRS and will be embarking on some research to assist in this area.
*Please note that supervision on rating independent tapes should be covered in supervision on supervision.
**Supervision can start after the first session of the Supervisor Skills Webinar.
To be considered for fast tracking in certification please find the policy here:
Application for fast tracking to become an ISST certified supervisor
*Supervision can start after the first session of the Supervisor Skills Webinar.
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