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.

For those wishing to apply, 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.

Please email the Regulation team with any questions regarding the ECP application process.


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 members applying to be listed on the ICP register must be resident in the UK and be registered in a modality recognised by both organisations. You can check whether the ICP recognises your modality on the ICP website.

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 email it to our membership team, they can then take your £50 payment over the phone.

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