BECOME A BCACC APPROVED CLINICAL SUPERVISOR
BCACC now offers members an opportunity to become a BCACC Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS).
As part of good ethical practice and in alignment with the expectations of the counselling profession, BCACC is committed to fostering the upgrading of clinical supervision and consultation within our membership.
As a first step, BCACC has created a new designation, RCC-ACS which will allow qualified members practicing as Clinical Supervisors to have a recognized designation that honours their training and experience.
BCACC has created this application process using established criteria within the supervision profession to assess Clinical Supervisors.
UPDATE TO THE ACS PROGRAM EFFECTIVE APRIL 27, 2022
Please note that as of April 27, 2022, the BCACC Clinical Supervision Committee has implemented the following changes to the program:
- The committee may award an RCC-ACS (provisional) designation to those applicants who do not have formal training in clinical supervision that is offset by their clinical supervision experience. The ACS provisional designation will be changed to RCC-ACS when the applicant can show they have completed 30-36 hours in clinical supervision education.
- Changes have been made to for application form (Section B Education) that reflect this change and the addition of a definition of RCC-ACS (provisional) has been added to the glossary.
- For those applicants who are applying during the Legacy application period, the 30 hours of professional development needed to retain the ACS designation must be completed by January 15, 2025.
- The BCACC Clinical Supervision Committee has now released a list of suggested clinical supervision courses for those applicants looking for training opportunities.
Applicants: Any applications that are currently under review will be subject to the above program changes.
WHY DO WE CALL IT A LEGACY APPLICATION PROCESS?
BCACC recognizes that, historically, Clinical Supervisors have developed their skills through different combinations of experience and education. Our Legacy Application process has been developed with that in mind and provides applicants with a flexible review application (specific criteria listed below) that makes space for both formal training and experience.
As we continue to grow the culture of clinical supervision and consultation within the membership, BCACC will develop more structured training requirements for new Clinical Supervisors. The Legacy Applications and any required documents must be submitted by January 15th, 2024.
WHY SHOULD I BECOME A BCACC APPROVED CLINICAL SUPERVISOR?
To be recognized for your training, education and skillset
The RCC-ACS designation offers professional recognition in your community as a Clinical Supervisor who has achieved a specific standard of experience and training. This designation will allow you to be part of the culture of clinical supervision, counsellor accountability and ongoing professional development.
To be listed on the BCACC website as an Approved Clinical Supervisor
BCACC has historically allowed members to self-identify as Clinical Supervisors on our “Find a Counsellor” search tool. As part of our commitment to acknowledging the important role that clinical supervision and consultation have in the profession of counselling, we will be discontinuing this process.
Instead, BCACC will be creating a new, standalone search tool “Find a Clinical Supervisor” in early 2022. Only those counsellors who carry the RCC-ACS designation will be listed on this tool. Clinical Supervisor listings on the “Find A Counsellor” tool will be discontinued six months after the launch of the “Find a Clinical Supervisor” tool.
PLEASE NOTE: The “Find a Clinical Supervisor” tool is under development and will hopefully be launched in 2022.
To be compensated for your skillset and impact the future of the counselling profession
The RCC-ACS designation will provide opportunity for you to receive the connection and satisfaction of influencing future generations of counsellors. It will also open additional revenue streams.
Application Fee (one time, non refundable): $100.00
Annual Renewal Fee: $35 (due at BCACC membership renewal time)
Please read the entire Application Form prior to beginning your application process to assess your eligibility.
A successful Legacy Applicant:
- Is an active BCACC member in good standing.
- Holds a graduate degree.
- Has five years post-graduate clinical experience (minimum of 1000 hours) prior to providing clinical supervision.
- Can provide two references: One from a Clinical Supervisor (can be a supervisor mentor, peer supervisor or supervisor colleague); and one reference from a former Clinical Supervisee who is a member of a professional association or regulatory body.
- Has received 75 hours of their own supervision or consultation, post masters degree.
- Has provided a minimum of 100 hours of supervision over a minimum of two years (post masters degree, post 5 years clinical experience) with a minimum of four supervisees.
- A. – Has received education in Clinical Supervision Studies, comparable to a 30-36 hour course, which may include courses, seminars, workshops, teaching, or research in this area. Please provide all certificates or syllabi. B. – For those candidates who have not received any education in Clinical Supervision, the Committee will still review your application. Based on the strength of your application, the Committee may grant you an RCC-ACS (provisional) designation. To move forward, you will need to complete a 30-36 hour clinical supervision foundations/fundamentals course by January 15th, 2024. View suggested clinical supervision courses here.
- Has satisfied the professional and ethical conduct requirements.
- Maintains professional liability insurance that covers the provision of Clinical Supervision services.
- Will show evidence of 30 hours of professional development every three years, in the area of Clinical Supervision in order to maintain the BCACC Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) designation.
- Will pay a non-refundable one-time application fee of $100.00, plus a $35.00 annual renewal fee for the Approved Clinical Supervisor designation due at the annual BCACC membership renewal.
A complete application includes:
- The completed Legacy Application Form.
- Two completed Reference Forms (supervisor and supervisee) submitted directly by the Referee.
- A CV or resume.
- If available please provide certificates from your clinical supervision education and other relevant certificates. View suggested clinical supervision courses here.
- Complete the payment form. Please note that if you are paying with a cheque, the payment form must be included with the cheque.
- Send completed application package to attention Clinical Supervision Committee. By email: [email protected] Or by Fax #250-595-2926.
Completed reference forms to be submitted directly by the Referee to the BCACC Head Office to the attention of the Clinical Supervision Program Coordinator. By email: [email protected] or by Fax #250-595-2926.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Once we have received your complete application package (including both references directly from your Referees), you will receive an email that your application has been submitted to the Clinical Supervision Review Committee.
Please allow a minimum of 8 weeks for your completed application package to be processed by the Clinical Supervision Review Committee.
Once your application has been reviewed, we will send an email informing if you have been accepted for the Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) designation.
An Email notification confirming your acceptance as a BCACC Approved Clinical Supervisor will be sent to you and we will work with you to set up your listing on the “Find A Clinical Supervisor” tool.
In order to maintain the BCACC Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) designation, ACS should show evidence of 30 hours of professional development every three years, in the area of Clinical Supervision. For those applicants who are applying during the Legacy application period, the 30 hours of professional development needed to retain the ACS designation must be completed by January 15, 2025.
LOOKING FOR A BCACC APPROVED CLINICAL SUPERVISOR?
Please click here to view all members who hold the RCC-ACS designation.
What if my application is not accepted? Is there an appeals process?
- Each application will be reviewed by the Clinical Supervision Committee. If your application is not accepted, you will receive notification of what actions would be required in order to be successful. Your application will remain in an “explore” status for one year to provide you time to complete these actions.
Questions? Contact the Clinical Supervision Program Coordinator by email at [email protected] or call us at 1-800-909-6303.
Administrative/Form related questions
Why does the member need to pay the application fee if they are already qualified as a clinical supervisor?
- The application fee is to facilitate the administrative costs for the application process of the program. It is one-time payment and will not re-occur.
What is the $35 annual fee for?
- The annual fee of $35 is to facilitate staff time to make changes to RCC-ACS member listings and facilitate the administration of the program.
I am using Mac and can’t sign the application with a digital signature. What should I do?
- There are two options. The first option is for you to print the page for signature and sign and scan. If you would like to sign digitally, you could follow this
In the reference form, it asks business address, and CV. Would that be the referee’s or applicant’s?
- It would be the referee’s.
How will the 75 hours of post-masters supervision or consultation be assessed?
- On the application form, we have listed an example of the level of detail that we require (section C/D on page 4).
How will the education criteria be assessed?
- On the application form, we have listed an example of the level of detail that we require (Section B on page 3).
Should I include a clinical consultation experience in the application as well?
- Yes, any experience that is related to clinical supervision, including consultation, should be listed in the application form (Section D on page 4).
What happens if I can’t provide a reference from a former clinical supervisee because I am not in contact with them?
- A former Clinical Supervisee Reference is one of the requirements to complete the application. If you can’t provide any reference of a formal clinical supervisee now, you are more than welcomed to wait and apply when you can provide one. The program is open until January 2024 for accepting applications.
I am currently not a member but would like to apply for this designation. Would that be possible?
- The ACS program is a phased program, and we are still in phase one which is limited specifically to RCCs. We may look in the future at expanding it to include non-members. If you would like to explore becoming an RCC-ACS now, it would involve joining the association. If you are interested in doing so, please contact
- and we will point you in the right direction.
My Clinical Supervisor is now retired and no longer part of a professional counselling association or a regulatory body. Can I still ask them to provide a reference?
- Yes, as long as they were part of a professional counselling association or a regulatory body at the time of clinical supervision, they can still provide a reference. Please ask them to state this detail in the form or in the email when they submit the reference form to
What criteria will be used to determine the meaning of “professional development” in the area of clinical supervision?
- Please view
- list of suggested clinical supervision courses.
Am I still able to provide clinical supervision/consultation if I am not eligible for the RCC-ACS designation?
- Yes. However, counsellors will no longer be able to self-identify themselves as clinical supervisor on the BCACC website without this designation.