10 Professional Competencies - Domain 9




The Different Domains

Domain 9: Use of Supervision, (Peer) Intervision and Critical Evaluation

In each of the three main categories of Competencies (Core, Specific & Specialist), there are several different ‘domains’. These domains of professional activity have to be considered within the general framework of what most people would agree constitutes the profession of psychotherapy, and also within the general framework of views about the basic nature of humankind; interactions between human society and its environment; the nature of that society; and the key concepts of the arts and sciences that are relevant to the development of professional psychotherapeutic practice; and that are relevant to any method of practice.

These domains indicate that a European psychotherapist is competent in these areas:

  1. Working Professionally, Autonomously & Accountably:
  2. The Psychotherapeutic Relationship:
  3. Exploration, (Assessment, Diagnosis & Conceptualization):
  4. ‘Contracting’ (Developing Goals, Plans & Strategies):
  5. Various Techniques & Interventions:
  6. Prevention & Education:
  7. Management of Change, Crisis and Trauma Work:
  8. Completion & Evaluation:
  9. Use of Supervision, (Peer) Intervision and Critical Evaluation: This means that the psychotherapist is able to demonstrate: that they engage actively in an appropriate level of self-reflection, supervision and continuing professional development as part of their professional responsibility at all levels of practice which they are accredited to undertake; that they see these tools as valuable, essential and to be used in an on-going fashion, for good professional practice, particularly when they move into new areas of work; and that they can use these tools appropriately to develop their professional understanding and improve their practice, and that they know how to work with these effectively. Critical self-reflection has always been considered a necessary and essential component in any form of psychological or psychotherapeutic work with others: however it is not considered to be sufficient, by itself, for good professional practice. Life-supervision – how one is doing as a working professional – is a legitimate area for supervision. Supervision (group or individual) is conducted with a trained and experienced supervisor; (peer) intervision is usually conducted within a peer group; and critical evaluation is used appropriately, usually by line managers, often on an annual basis, and often with a self-appraisal component. It is considered very important that the practitioner values the facilities of this domain and the benefits that can be gained from it as another source of good working practice and further professional development.
    • §9.1: Undertake Routine Evaluation of Practice
      • Arrange appropriate supervision
      • Engage in supervision
      • Adapting the supervision
      • Engage in practice audit
    To view the detailed Core Competencies within this Domain, please click here.

  10. Use of Supervision, (Peer) Intervision and Critical Evaluation:
  11. Ethics, Standards & Sensitivities:
  12. Management & Administration:
  13. Research:

To look at the description of any of the other domains, please click on the domain name.
To see the descriptions of all the domains together, click here.

Working Group on Professional Competencies: committee@psychotherapy-competency.eu