The Importance of Re-Accreditation
So you have decided to see a therapist, you did your homework and see that they qualified as a therapist 10 years ago. You determine that their training was top-notch so you decide to go ahead. But wait a minute, what have they done as far as fitness to practice since their initial training? Don’t know, you had better ask.
A therapist’s initial training is, of course, very important. However, if they do not update their knowledge on a regular basis after this, then they could be out of date. It is important that they also maintain regular clinical supervision. Supervision helps to keep a therapist’s blindspots to a minimum. Regular continuing professional development is also a must for keeping a therapist’s skills up to date.
If you are going to consult a therapist you should ask what their professional association requires in terms of re-accreditation. If they say nothing, you might want to reconsider whether you consult this individual. Without reasonable and robust regulation there can be no guarantee of the provision of competent and ethical therapy to anyone.
Never be afraid to ask your potential therapist these questions, ethical ones will be more than happy to answer them.