Continuing Professional Development & Supervision (CPDS) Guidelines For VLC EFT Therapy Professionals
1. INTRODUCTION TO THE CPDS GUIDELINES
All professional professions (for example nursing, psychology, medicine, and law) have a system of continuing professional development, supervision and mentoring, and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is no exception.
In line with most professional bodies associated with complementary therapies and coaching, Vitality Living College (VLC) has set down mandatory requirements for CPDS.
In summary the CPDS requirements includes 2 components:
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD), also known as Continuing Education (CE)
- Supervision & Mentoring
PLEASE NOTE: This agreement has to be read in alignment with the VLC Code of Conduct, and failure or ignorance to do the same will not absolve you from the terms mentioned therein.
CPDS is widely considered to be in the best interests of the client and for the professional integrity and standing of our “VLC Therapy & Coaching Professionals” & Student Members. “VLC EFT Therapy Professionals” is under the umbrella of “VLC Therapy & Coaching Professionals” and includes Certified:
- EFT Practitioners
- EFT Advanced Practitioners
- Inner Child Matrix
- Body Vitality Coaches
- EFT Facilitators
- EFT Presenters
- EFT Ambassadors
- EFT Master Trainers
- EFT Master Trainer of Trainers
Student Members include all of the above who are not yet Certified and are in Training.
For example, EFT Practitioners in Training.
Any member who has difficulty gaining CPD or Supervision & Mentoring hours should discuss with their Trainer in the first instance.
IMPORTANT: Certified VLC EFT Therapy Professionals who wish to practice professionally and be registered with VLC, will have to commit to and follow the VLC Code of Conduct and the CPDS Guidelines.
If, for whatever reason, you are no longer able to or willing to commit, or follow the VLC Code of Conduct and above guidelines, you are honour-bound to inform VLC immediately so you can be removed from the Practitioner Register until such time as you are able to make the necessary commitment. You may request to be moved to the Student Members list until you are in a position to comply with the VLC Code of Conduct and the CPDS Guidelines, at which time you may re-apply to be registered as a Practitioner member.
2. ANNUAL CPDS REQUIREMENTS:
The annual CPDS requirements include:
- 30 hours CPD annually from date of certification
- Pre-certification for all VLC EFT Professionals, a minimum of 18 hours of Supervision & Mentoring, either one to one, or in group setting
- 6 hours Supervision & Mentoring annually from date of certification, either one to one or in group setting
More hours may be requested at the discretion of the Trainer, based on individual circumstances.
Online refers to CPDS communication conducted via:
- WhatsApp Messenger/ Private Group
- Facebook Messenger/ Private Group
- Google Meet
With E-mail & WhatsApp messages to calculate the time in hours, you have to estimate the time taken to write the help needed and the time you took to digest the response provided. Recorded videos can also be shared via E-mail, WhatsApp or password protected video platforms.
All online sessions require participation as if you are conducting a professional session with a client. Which means you need to:
- Dress as if you were to give a professional session
- Always have the video on, other than when on breaks
- Be in a quiet area with no distractions
- Dial in from a laptop or desktop, and not the phone. Tablets are possible only if you can still see any links needed or have printed what you require in advance.
- Have good internet connection with good sound quality. Use headphones, if needed
- No family members, children, or pets around in the space from which you will attend
Supervision & Mentoring can be conducted by and will be referred to as Supervisor from now on:
- Your Trainer, Master Trainer or Master Trainer of Trainers
- An appointed Supervisor
- EFT Facilitator or Presenter (assuming they have more experience than you in EFT)
A mentor is not the same as a supervisor. A mentor can advise and guide you, and it would be considered as part of your CPD. You can have peer to peer mentoring or mentoring from a EFT Therapy Professional at a higher and more experienced level than you. It will still be classed as Mentoring, and not Supervision.
3. DEVELOPING A PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN:
Creation of a personal development plan begins by conducting an EFT Self-Assessment (Appendix I). The purpose of the EFT Self-Assessment is to establish where you are currently and where you need to grow and develop. If you require help to complete this process, then please get in touch with your VLC point of contact. If unsure, you can ask your Senior Practitioner or Trainer.
Identify what you are really good at and could do even better at by writing in the 4 boxes below (Appendix 2) what you need to:
- Continue doing (what you are doing really well)
- Do more of (what you have become aware of that is working really well and need to do more of it)
- Start doing (things that you are currently not doing and need to start doing to grow and develop as a practitioner)
- Stop doing (things that are unhelpful to your growth as an experienced and proficient practitioner/trainer and stop doing them)
It is good to discuss your development plan with your Trainer and/or Supervisor during your Supervision & Mentoring sessions. (Form attached in Appendix II).
Continual growth and developing
At the end of every client session or personal peace procedure spend 5 – 10 minutes reflecting on:
- What I did really well?
- What I could do even better?
- What I would include in my next session?
- What did I learn about myself, about the process and about EFT?
It is worth keeping a Personal Development Diary on your learning, insights and growth areas. At the end of every 3 months review your diary and then update your learning and development plan.
4. DEFINITION OF CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD):
CPD is not intended as extra work or an expense, but simply the normal effort made by conscientious practitioners to develop personally and professionally and keep up to date with the latest developments relating to EFT. In addition, practitioners are strongly encouraged to work on clearing their own issues, which may otherwise interfere with their efficacy as a practitioner, and to repeat necessary training to refresh their skills.
Under these Guidelines, all VLC EFT Therapy Professionals are required to commit to and acquire at least 30 hours of CPD per year. The hours should ideally be balanced across several CPD categories and include a reasonable proportion of relevant professional training.
General examples of CPD (but are not limited to) the hours spent on:
- Carrying out ANY personal or professional development that could reasonably be expected to add to a practitioner's competency, including:
- Repeating EFT training as a re-sit or assist team member (live in-person or online).
- Attending the monthly EFT SERVE, Password is SERVE.
- Contributing on WhatsApp support groups or Facebook EFT community in a manner that adds to the practitioner competency. This can take the form of asking questions or responding to questions or sharing learning’s from anything related to enhancing a practitioner’s competency
- Attending any professional training (EFT-oriented or otherwise) that could reasonably be expected to add to a practitioner's competency
- Writing up your own personal learning and development plan which includes reflections on your EFT case load and Personal Peace Procedures
- Writing up and reflecting on your own case studies and/or theory and philosophy of practice
- Staying up to date with developments in EFT, reading relevant books, clinical papers and newsletters
- Regular use of the Personal Peace Procedure and other forms of personal therapy, with or without the help of others
- Participating in discussion groups or teleconferences relating to EFT, including participating on the VLC EFT WhatsApp Support Groups & Facebook EFT Community EFT Community- Vitality Living College
- Establishing a practice and/or documenting the integration of EFT into an existing practice
- Mentoring session with a nominated Mentor, Supervisor and/or Trainer, discussing your development plan, case load/workshops, challenging cases or seminar attendees and personal peace progress.
- Role Play Tapping swap session with your EFT buddy (taught at EFT Advanced Practitioner)
- Carrying out ANY activity that furthers the interests of the EFT community and/or VLC, including:
- Taking EFT into the community for example by conducting free EFT introductions or becoming an EFT Ambassador
- Developing a specific application of EFT for use in one-to-one sessions (e.g. for sports or business)
- Translating EFT material into another language
- Developing a new EFT product/approach with wide application
- Carrying out and publishing a relevant research project
- Writing and publishing or contributing to a relevant book, e-book or newsletter
- Writing up the achievement of a major life ambition with EFT
5. DEFINITION OF SUPERVISION & MENTORING:
Unlike CPD which is gathered through independent sources, Supervision & Mentoring is regarded as:
- A mutually agreed relationship between a VLC EFT Professional (in the context of Supervision & Mentoring can also be referred to as Mentee) and an Approved Supervisor
- Good practice to protect clients from harm and bad practice
- Carried out online or face to face
If in any doubt, please contact your Approved EFT Trainer/Supervisor.
Certified VLC EFT Professionals who are seeing clients one-to-one or in groups (or training groups) are required to have an absolute minimum of at least 6 hours of Supervision & Mentoring one-to-one and/or with a group setting, led by a proficient and more experienced practitioner, appointed supervisor or trainer, or a combination thereof.
EFT Professionals who see a number of clients on a regular basis, or who regularly train others, should engaging substantially more hours of Supervision & Mentoring than the minimum levels listed above, depending on their workload.
Purpose of Supervision & Mentoring
The purpose of Supervision & Mentoring is to support you to develop and grow as a practitioner, specifically:
- Share client cases and feel reassured of what is going really well
- Develop a personal development plan to identify strengths as well as improvement areas
- Provide a safe and confidential space to share client issues
- Enable another perspective to be shared from a place of experience
- Gain advice and support on the business start- up or growth
- Learn how to market and promote your services
- Resolve conflicts or plateaus that can arise during the client sessions
- Develop a plan to attract more client’s and referrals
- Identify energy blocks or limitations and advice to clear
- Learn about professional working standards and good business practices
Suggestions for Supervision & Mentoring hours
One to one Supervision & Mentoring for Practitioners, Trainers & Trainer of Trainers
- Online and/or face to face with your Trainer and/or appointed Supervisor
- E-mail & WhatsApp communication with your Trainer and/or appointed Supervisor
Group Supervision & Mentoring for EFT Therapy Professionals
- Attending face to face or online Supervision. These involve additional charges or are part of your EFT Practitioner Certification Package.
- Participating on the online support groups (for example, WhatsApp or Facebook support EFT Community - Vitality Living College, EFT Tapping Heals) which involves receiving support from your trainer or Supervisor. There is no additional charge for this.
6. APPENDIX 1:
Conduct a Self-Assessment with the below document to establish where you are currently & where you need to grow and develop.
7. APPENDIX 2:
Personal development plan: Write down what you need to continue doing, do more of, start doing and stop doing.
8. APPENDIX 3:
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Record
9. APPENDIX 4:
Types of CPD activity
The text below gives examples of some types of activities that you may wish to consider when planning your CPD.
CPD can be gained via:
- Group-based learning
- Self-directed activities
- Personal therapy as part of your journey as an EFT Practitioner
GROUP BASED ACTIVITY
- Attending or delivering ANY related professional training that could reasonably be expected to add to a practitioner’s competency
- Attendance at seminars, webinars, workshops and lectures which enhance your knowledge and skills as an EFT practitioner/trainer.
- Attendance at conferences or meetings which are dedicated to EFT or a discipline that will enhance your skills.
- Being an examiner, tutor or assessor
- Participating in EFT discussion groups webinars or teleconferences
- Attending or delivering ANY professional training (EFT oriented or otherwise)
- Taking EFT into the community through taster sessions, workshops, demonstrations etc.
- Group Supervision & Mentoring where there are more than 8 in the group.
- Group demonstrations, talks or exhibitions on EFT
SELF DIRECTED ACTIVITIES/STUDIES
- Client case studies. writing up and reflecting on the practitioner’s own case studies and/or theory and philosophy of practice
- Personal study which could include following a formal programme of study either taught or possibly distance-learning.
- Reading such as articles in journals, books, newsletters or information online which provide learning you are able to put into practice in your work as a practitioner.
- Research, if you are participating in a piece of research which is enhancing your understanding of your discipline and/or practice.
- Writing articles or books which are published.
- Developing and sending out Newsletters
- Watching EFT YouTube and other videos, DVD´s, listening to CDs
- Making EFT YouTube Videos & DVD´s, CDs
- Making EFT podcasts
- Translating EFT material into another language
- Applying EFT or using other forms of personal therapy, with or without the help of others on a regular basis
- Documenting the integration of EFT into an existing practice
- Feedback/evaluation forms from clients or students which you carry out about your work. This can be something you do individually or any significant involvement you may have with a wider survey or practice
- Developing a specific application of EFT (e.g. for sports or business)
You are strongly advised to undertake some form of personal therapy during the first year and preferably thereafter. This is in the best interests of yourself and your clients. This should be recorded on the log/record sheet.
10. APPENDIX 5:
Supervision & Mentoring Record
11. APPENDIX 6:
Types of Supervision & Mentoring activities
SUPERVISION & MENTORING ACTIVITY FOR CPD
- Attending approved Supervision & Mentoring where you meet with other practitioners and learn from each other about best practice.
- Receiving guidance from your supervisor which supports your learning and development.
- Receiving supervision & mentoring which supports your professional development over time, against agreed objectives.
- Work shadowing where you are working alongside your approved supervisor to enhance your knowledge and skills about your practice.
- Being observed by your trainer and/or supervisor face-to-face, live in person online, or via a recorded video to evaluate your practical approach with EFT.