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 (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.
- ECP information
- ECP application procedure
- ECP registration form
- CV structure for ECP application
- UKCP organisational member and UKCP college declaration form
The European Association for Counselling
The European Association for Counselling (EAC) promotes and maintains the highest quality of professional and ethical practice, education and ongoing professional development.
The EAC works with partner associations/organisations throughout Europe to further the development of counselling as a profession. Further information about the EAC can be found on the EAC’s website.
UKCP is the National Association for the EAC in the UK. This means that a benefit of UKCP membership is that eligible UKCP members can apply for ordinary membership of the EAC, and the European Certificate of Counselling. Relevant links can be found here.
The EAC also has a student membership category further information about this can be found here.
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 send it with a cheque for £50 (payable to UKCP) to:
UK Council for Psychotherapy
2 America Square
London EC3N 2LU