Does supervisor of an AP need to be a practitioner?

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Does supervisor of an AP need to be a practitioner?

Post by maven » Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:17 pm

I've seen a description of the staff team at a charity, where there is an AP but no practitioner psychologists. It says the AP is supervised by an academic psychologist linked to the project and is mainly working with outcome data. The named academic is not HCPC registered. It make me feel a bit uncomfortable, but is this okay?
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Re: Does supervisor of an AP need to be a practitioner?

Post by Pink » Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:59 pm

The difficulty seems to be the title. If the post was for a 'research assistant' this would seem fine, but I agree with you that 'assistant psychologist' carries a more clinical implication. Back in the long ago days of my youth, the two AP posts I held were actually called 'Assistant Clinical Psychologist' on my payslip, so maybe 'Assistant Psychologist' doesn't have to be clinical/require clinical supervision? I'm not sure what the BPS guidelines say.

Sorry, probably not much help, just some musings. I can see why you're concerned.

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Re: Does supervisor of an AP need to be a practitioner?

Post by Borrowed Cone » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:46 pm

I would say this was misleading over what is in fact an RA post, not an AP post. It feels ethically dubious more than anything, and probably not in keeping with the BPS guidelines on employing APs?

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Re: Does supervisor of an AP need to be a practitioner?

Post by matt.berlin » Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:47 pm

However, assistant psychologist isn't itself a protected title - so there isn't much that can be done. However, on a practical note I would wonder if they did have any clinical duties as well as the outcome monitoring who this would be supervised by.
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Re: Does supervisor of an AP need to be a practitioner?

Post by BlueCat » Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:03 pm

Thing is....if you are assisting a psychologist, are you an assistant psychologist, or a psychology assistant? We've been here before, by the way, in 2010 viewtopic.php?t=9655

The old guidelines specified an "applied psychologist".........who knows!
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