Applying for UKCP membership
UKCP welcomes applications from qualified psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors.
You must apply for membership through one of our organisational members in the modality in which you trained or with which you feel identified in terms of your practice.
As you may know, UKCP is a professional organisation encompassing a wide range of psychotherapy modalities and, therefore, we do not provide a central application and admission process. By applying through one of our organisational members in your modality, both we and you can access the specific knowledge necessary for an assessment of your application. You will find a list below of what we call accrediting organisations from which you can make your selection. You can apply to more than one accrediting organisation.
What happens next?
In order to assess your application, the organisation will compare your professional education and training with UK training standards in your modality. These already incorporate our generic standards of education and training so if you meet the organisation's standards, you automatically meet UKCP's standards.
This assessment will cover all aspects of your professional skills and experience, not just your paper qualifications. This might include the number of years you have practised, your professional publications, research projects you completed, experience of educating psychotherapists, any further training you received or continuing professional development (CPD).
The rules are a different depending on how long you have been qualified. They are:
Applicants with less than five years post-qualification practice
If you qualified within the last five years, you will normally be expected to demonstrate how you meet the current UK training standards in your modality. The organisation through which you apply will provide you with current information on what these training standards are before you apply. If there are minor disparities you may be asked to complete an adaptation period (practice under supervision for what is usually a six month period with a supervisor recognised by that organisation).
Applications from practitioners with more than five years post-qualification practice
We would normally expect you to have completed a substantive and in-depth psychotherapy (or psychotherapeutic counselling) training course comparable to other contemporary training courses available for the modality approach at the time of your qualification.
Your qualifications and skills will be assessed in conjunction with all aspects of your professional practice and experience, for example how long you have practised, your professional publications, research projects you have completed, or experience of educating psychotherapists. You will also need to clarify how your current practice meets the entrance rules and regulations for the particular organisation through which you apply.
If the organisation finds significant differences in terms of either the length or content between your training and established UKCP standards for the modality, they may make your membership conditional on your fulfilment of additional requirements.
When making the comparison, they will take into account any periods of training and/or professional experience completed after you obtained your initial qualification. They may regard such additional training and/or experience as making up, in full or in part, for any differences between your training and established UKCP standards.
How to apply
Please send the appropriate application form (below) plus the 'membership consent to data' document to the UKCP organisation of your choice. The Organisational member will then counter sign the form and send this back to you and confirm to UKCP that you have been accredited for UKCP membership. On receipt of the form which has been counter signed by the organisation you will then need to send the form to UKCP with the appropriate fee.
Each year all UKCP members renew at the same time in October. This means for those whose form is received in November will be asked to pay for 11 months, those in December for 10 months and so on.
Once we receive you form and fully processed it, we will send you a welcome pack with your UKCP certificate.
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