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American Professional Psychology

ARCP requirements for completion of core training in HEENW

Case Based Discussion Groups

Core trainees are required to attend the Case Based Discussion Group (CBD group, formerly known as Balint Group) for the first 12 to 18 months of their training. The groups are usually specific to individual trusts so trainees usually move to a different CBD group every 6 months. Participation in CBD groups is assessed through the CBD group assessment form (CBDGA) which will be completed by the group facilitator – the form can be found on your online portfolio. Trainees are required to attend at least 25 CBD groups and to complete a CBD group assessment form every 6 months. If the trainee completes 25 CBD groups and has achieved competency in their CBD group assessments then they can move on to seeing the first of their formal psychotherapy patients.

Familiarising yourself with the CBD group assessment form can help you to understand which competencies you are aiming for within the CBD group.

Supervised Experience of Delivering Psychotherapy

Trainees are required to see two patients for formal psychotherapy before they can complete their core training. This is normally undertaken during the CT2 and CT3 years. Trainees must complete both a “long case” (at least 20 sessions) and a “short case” (12-20 sessions) and the two cases must be in different modalities of psychotherapy. Core trainees will have regular supervision from a qualified psychotherapist while they undertake the therapy. Contact your local psychotherapy tutor as soon as you have completed your CBD group competencies to arrange your cases. Details of your local psychotherapy tutor can be found in the contacts section.

The experience of delivering psychotherapy is assessed using the SAPE and Psychotherapy ACE (PACE) assessment forms– these are found on Portfolio Online. Minumum number requirements for WPBAs are shown below.

The SAPE is conducted by your psychotherapy supervisor and is a formative assessment of key psychotherapeutic competencies. Familiarising yourself with the assessment form can help you to understand what you should be aiming for. Minimum number requirements for SAPEs are shown below, however it is best practice to complete a SAPE early on in therapy and another SAPE towards the end of therapy. This can help to trainees to identify learning objectives early on in therapy, so that they have reached their competencies at the end of therapy.