Who are Assistant Supervisors?
Assistant Supervisors are ACBC Certified Counselors who assist Fellows in the supervision of ACBC Candidates in Phase 3. There are many situations where involving an Assistant Supervisor will be extremely advantageous to the Fellow, ACBC Candidate, and the counselee. These situations include, but are not limited to, having a female Assistant Supervisor assist in the supervision of a female Candidate, or having an Assistant Supervisor who is fluent in the native language of the Candidate assist a Fellow who does not speak that language.
How do Assistant Supervisors serve?
A candidate for ACBC certification must be supervised by an ACBC Fellow. The supervising Fellow may choose, at his discretion, to invite an experienced ACBC Certified counselor to assist him in supervising a Candidate. The Fellow must personally participate in a minimum of 50% of supervision process. The Assistant Supervisor would work alongside of the Fellow much like a Teaching Assistant works with the Professor of record in a college or seminary class. The Assistant Supervisor may review and provide written and personal feedback to counseling reports and audios when they are submitted by the Candidate for certification.
- Female Assistant Supervisors may not oversee the counseling of male Candidates for certification.
- Assistant Supervisors must make available to their Fellows all case report forms and audio recordings when they receive the material.
- Fellows will review this material at their discretion, based on their knowledge of the Assistant Supervisor, of the Candidate, and of the difficulty of the counseling being supervised.
- Fellows retain the right and responsibility to contact both the Assistant Supervisor and the Candidate for certification at any point to discuss the state of supervision.
- Fellows and Assistant Supervisors acknowledge that it is ultimately the responsibility of the Fellow to affirm readiness of the Candidate for certification.
- Fellows must only approve Candidates for certification when they have confidence that they meet the standards of ACBC for certification.
- When the Fellow reports that the supervision process is completed he will inform the ACBC office that he used an Assistant Supervisor and identify the person who performed this function.
Interested in serving as an Assistant Supervisor?
If you are interested in serving as an Assistant Supervisor, please notify the Fellow you desire to serve with. It is the Fellow’s discretion whether he would like to work with an Assistant Supervisor or not.