AVIGuk is an association of accredited practitioners of VIG and those in training.  AVIGuk does not directly provide training but it regulates training in the UK and facilitates communication between those interested in training and available training opportunities.

This page is for individual professionals wanting to train in VIG.

For commissioning managers who want to train their staff please download this document.

Training to be a practitioner

In the table below, the training pathway is laid out.

 Work Required
 Supervision  Completion
 1  2-day Initial Course
 6 *cycles with 2+ clients
 7 of 1 hour
 Transition meeting
(1 hour)
 2  1 hour introduction

 9 *cycles with 3+ more clients

  8 of 1 hour  Transition meeting
(1 hour)
 3  1 hour introduction
 12 *cycles with 3+ more clients   8 of 1 hour Accreditation meeting
(1 hour)

* a cycle of VIG consists of taking a video followed by a shared review of the clips

Each trainee guider is allocated a personal supervisor for the regular supervision sessions.  Ongoing assessment is carried out by the trainee’s own supervisor with an external supervisor providing accreditation at the end of each stage.

To maintain the highest standards, AVIGuk produces course materials, guidelines, self-assessment proformas and other tools. Opportunities for trainees, guiders and supervisors to share work also helps to maintain consistency in quality.

At the point of commencing supervision, trainees are required to register with AVIGuk, paying a one-off fee, currently £60.  This allows access to the materials listed above as well as certification and registration as an accredited practitioner.  Some trainers bundle up this fee in their charges.

People who have taken part in VIG-type activities or training prior to the Association being set up, may apply to have this recognised.  If you think this may apply to you, get in touch.

Getting Started

There are two ways to get started.

Consult the list of upcoming introductory training courses listed under the 'courses' tab on this page and contact the organiser.  If none of the listed courses fits your needs, consult the trainer directory on this website  and contact a supervisor in your area.  If you are stuck, contact AVIGuk directly and we will put you in touch with a supervisor locally.

Fees are set by the organiser and may vary depending on the particular package sought.  For example, many trainees pay for a combined training and supervision package.  The information below is for general guidance only as fees are not set by the association.

As an individual, the Initial Training Course to get you started is at present between £350 and £425.  This may be less if a group rate is negotiated with a provider.

After the Initial Training Course you are ready to start VIG with a client under supervision by an AVIGuk accredited supervisor.  You could then expect to pay £2k+ for all the further elements, supervision, transitional assessments, final accreditation and registration.  You could expect to complete the process in 18-24 months.  However, these are not up-front costs as many people only commit themselves to the initial course to start with and the timing of supervision costs etc. are negotiable thereafter. And again a group rate can be a more economical way to contract a supervisor's time.

You can take up supervision for up to 2 years after the ITC. After that, a refresher ITC must be completed.

Still not sure if VIG is for you?

Members of the association are regularly invited to give talks to organisations that are considering becoming involved.  These talks are free of charge.  If you would like to request this, contact a supervisor or you can contact AVIGuk directly and we will put you in touch with a suitable supervisor.
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