Working overseas

Members who are interested in working abroad can apply for the European Certificate of Psychotherapy, which is recognised across Europe. They can also register with the Irish Council for Psychotherapy.

The European Certificate of Psychotherapy

The European Certificate of Psychotherapy (ECP) is awarded by the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP), which sets standards for equivalence of training and practice throughout Europe. The aim of the ECP is to enable the mobility of psychotherapists within Europe and ensure a consistent degree of training and practice. Psychotherapists must be members of UKCP to apply.

The ECP is awarded in two ways; firstly by graduation from the course of a training institute accredited directly by the EAP. UKCP has two organisational members in this category – the Metanoia Institute and the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.

The ECP can also be awarded by 'grandparenting'. For those applying through the grandparenting route, the ECP is awarded by the EAP on the recommendation of UKCP and with the approval of the relevant European Wide Accrediting Organisation – which represents the appropriate modality of psychotherapy.

Registering with the Irish Council for Psychotherapy

Thanks to a special agreement between the two organisations, UKCP members can be listed on the national register of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP), and vice versa.

UKCP remains responsible for all aspects of quality assurance, such as complaints or continuing professional development, for UKCP members on the ICP’s register.

To apply, download and complete the ICP application form and send it with a cheque for £50 (payable to UKCP) to:

Alan McConnon
UKCP Registrar
UK Council for Psychotherapy
2nd floor Edward House
2 Wakley Street
London EC1V 7LT