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|Becoming a UKASFP-accredited solution focused practitioner|
This page sets out the process by which members of the UKASFP can attain the title of UKASFP-Accredited Solution Focused Practitioner, the meaning of this title and the requirements for updating their accreditation after a five-year period.
The page also includes precise details of the criteria against which accreditation applicants’ work will be assessed, and the process by which a decision is made on whether or not to grant accredited status. An accreditation application form and checklist is also included so that applicants can see what additional information they need to supply.
The page is intended to give a complete enough picture of what is involved in applying for accreditation to enable both members and non-members to make an informed decision on whether to apply for accreditation.
It is a prerequisite of applying for accreditation that individuals are current members of the UKASFP. Furthermore, there are additional resources available to members, via the UKASFP website, that are intended to assist anyone applying for accredited status. These resources include a film which takes the viewer through the accreditation process, and a document entitled “Notes for accreditors and applicants” which includes more detailed description and discussion of the different ways in which applicants may meet each of the criteria, together with video links to live recordings giving examples of work which would meet these criteria.
This page, and the accompanying materials on the members’ area of the website, will be periodically updated to reflect developments in the process of accreditation.
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The sections here are as follows:-
1. UKASFP-Accredited Solution Focused Practitioner – definition
2. How to become a UKASFP-Accredited Solution Focused Practitioner
3. Assessing Accreditable Solution Focused Practice
4. Application and assessment process
5. Renewing Accreditation Status
Appendix 1: Detailed assessment criteria
Appendix 2: Renewal of accreditation: sample questions
Appendix 3: Accreditation application checklist
1. UKASFP-accredited solution focused practitioner - definition
An accreditable solution focused practitioner is a member of the UKASFP who….
1. …abides at all time by the UKASFP Code of Ethics (a condition of UKASFP membership);
2 …has demonstrated competent and appropriate use of the full range of observable solution focused behaviours, set out in Appendix 1, section 1);
3 …has demonstrated their ability to maintain the solution focused approach (as set out in Appendix 1, section 2) throughout a complete initial (first) “session” (helping conversation) with a single client
2. How to become a UKASFP-accredited solution focused practitioner
2.1 The UKASFP will grant the title of UKASFP-accredited solution focused practitioner to individual practitioners who have demonstrated, to the satisfaction of the nominated accreditors, that they meet the above criteria, as detailed in Appendix 1 of this document, having followed the accreditation application process set out in section 4.
2.2 The title of UKASFP-accredited solution focused practitioner is intended to be a marker of competence in all settings in which solution focused practice may be used. For this reason, the list of the observable behaviours (Appendix 1, section 1) in which a competent solution focused practitioner is expected to be proficient – and to be able to cover in the context of a full-length (30 to 60 minute) one-to-one first ‘session’ is deliberately inclusive and comprehensive. The UKASFP acknowledges that some practitioners will not be routinely carrying out single pieces of work that demonstrate all of these behaviours. However, it is incumbent upon the applicant to seek out opportunities to work in this way in order to provide material for their accreditation application.
2.3 The UKASFP also recognises that practitioners will not necessarily work at all times in a solution focused way: some practitioners may work in roles that require them at times to use other approaches for their work. The UKASFP only accredits the work that is identified by the practitioner as solution focused.
2.4 An accreditable solution focused Practitioner is therefore defined as a member of the UKASFP whose practice meets the criteria for accreditable solution focused practice at all times when the practitioner, their employer, commissioning organisation or any other body making claims about the practitioner’s work on their behalf, promotes, advertises or otherwise publicly describes it as being solution focused practice.
3. Assessing Accreditable Solution Focused Practice
3.1 The criteria listed in section 1 will be assessed as follows:
1. It is assumed that all UKASFP members abide by the Code of Ethics unless it is proven otherwise, since this is a condition of UKASFP membership: no further assessment of this criterion is therefore needed for accreditation purposes.
2 and 3. Competent and appropriate use of the full range of solution focused observable behaviours and ability to maintain the solution focused approach throughout a complete initial “session” (helping conversation) with a single client, will be assessed through submission of a recording of the practitioner’s work, accompanies by a transcript. Further details of this are given below.
3. 2 The recording submitted for assessment should…
· …ideally be a video recording or, failing that, a high-quality audio recording…
· ...showing a single, initial (first) solution focused conversation, between the practitioner and a single “client” (i.e. person seeking help from the practitioner)…
· …which is not dominated (in terms of time) by the need for the practitioner to pursue issues relating to risk, safeguarding procedures or other activities such as evaluation, appraisal, advice giving, etc. that detract from the solution focused direction of the conversation.
3.3 The recording can be of either:
· a conversation which has arisen naturally from the practitioner’s usual work (e.g. a therapy, counselling or coaching session);
· a ‘demonstration conversation’ set up specifically for the purpose of accreditation but with an individual who is genuinely seeking help.
3.4 The recording must be accompanied by a full, accurate, verbatim transcript and a very brief description of its context.
3.5 If the transcript provided is seen to contain significant inaccuracies then the applicant’s work will not be assessed and they will be asked to resubmit the work with a revised transcript. There may be a small additional charge for this depending upon how much time was spent reading and viewing the work before the inaccuracies became apparent.
4. Application and assessment process
4.1. If you are considering applying for accreditation, please first contact the current accreditation lead, whose contact details are given on the Accreditation Overview page on this website to discuss the timing of your application, agree a process for sending your recording and transcript to the accreditation team and making arrangements for the payment of the current accreditation fee as specified on the Accreditation Overview page .
4.2. If you are submitting a video recording, you will be asked to upload this as an unlisted video to the UKASFP Accreditation YouTube channel where it will be accessible only to the accreditation lead and nominated accreditors, for the duration of the period of assessment. If this is not possible, the accreditation lead will discuss alternative ways in which your video or audio recording may (securely) be made available to the UKASFP accreditors.
4.3 The accreditation lead will also inform you of the likely timescale for assessing your application. This will depend upon the availability of the accreditors to assess your work.
4.4 Upon receipt of your transcript and recording in the agreed format, along with your payment, the accreditation lead will distribute these to the accreditors who have agreed to assess your work. A list of current accreditors from which these will be drawn appears on the Accreditation Overview page
4.5 While the accreditation system is still relatively new, we are continuing to monitor consistency between accreditors. In order to do this, some applications will be assessed independently by all listed accreditors. At the very least, your application will be assessed independently by two accreditors in the first instance, with one or more others being brought in to resolve any differences of opinion, if necessary (see 4.6, below). You can therefore be assured that the assessment of your work is as fair and thorough as possible.
4.6. The process for reaching an agreed decision is as follow:
· selected accreditors independently assess your work against the criteria set out in sections 5 and 6, and pass their assessments and comments to the accreditation lead
· if the selected accreditors are in agreement as to whether the work is accreditable, no further discussion of this takes place
· if opinion is divided on whether the work is accreditable, the accreditation lead will take steps to resolve this, which may include:
· organising a discussion between the selected accreditors;
· bringing in a further accreditor to have the ‘casting vote’ (in cases where two accreditors have opposing views and cannot resolve them through discussion);
· widening out the discussion to the whole pool of accreditors.
4.7 Once a decision has been reached, the accreditation lead informs the applicant of this and begins preparation of detailed feedback for the applicant, if this is in line with the applicant’s wishes.
4.8 Applicants whose work is assessed as accreditable will be sent a certificate that confirms their status as UKASFP-accredited solution focused practitioner. Their status on the UKASFP website will also be changed to indicate this.
4.9 A checklist for applicants to refer to before sending in their application, is provided in Appendix 3 of this document.
5. Reapplication and renewal of accreditation
5. 1 Applicants whose first submission to the accreditors is assessed as not accreditable will be given a 12 month period (dated from the time of receiving the decision on their first application) to submit one other application, free of charge. Applicants who do not submit an application that is successful within this 12 month period will be subject to a further application fee, should they subsequently wish to reapply.
5.2 Successful applicants will be able to use the title UKASFP-accredited solution focused practitioner for a period of five years, provided they maintain their membership of the UKASFP throughout this time.
5.3 After five years, accredited members will be required to update their accreditation by providing written evidence of having kept their practice up-to-date by keeping abreast of important developments, discussions and dilemmas in the field of solution focused practice. As yet, the precise detail of this evidence has not been finalised, although it is likely to be in the form of written answers to a number of key question. These are to be devised and modified on an ongoing basis by members of the Accreditation Review Panel, a new body of eminent practitioners, including some accredited members of the UKASFP, some accreditors and some of the other practitioners who were identified as “Core” UKASFP members following the initial proposal for a new accreditation system, in June 2013. A list of current members of this Panel can be found on the Accreditation Overview page on this website.
5.3 An example of the types of question that are likely to be asked of members wishing to renew their accreditation status, is given in Appendix 2. Please note that this document is subject to change and an updated version of the question set will be added to the website as soon as it become available.