The Association of Core Process Psychotherapists (ACPP) is the professional association for all UKCP-accredited Mindfulness-based Psychotherapists and Core Process Psychotherapists trained at the Karuna Institute. It was established in 2001 and became an independent member organisation of the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC) in 2017.
The ACPP exists to support and promote the practice and guiding principles of Core Process and Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy. The intention is to foster a creative and open engagement with all practitioners, offer relevant and appropriate CPD, ensure adherence to industry-wide requirements and also uphold ethical best practice by having a robust process for reaccreditation.
As a psychotherapeutic approach, Core Process Psychotherapy (CPP) - taught at the Karuna Institute since 1982 - is a synthesis of Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practice with Western psychotherapeutic techniques. There is a deep trust in the healing that arises from the experience of mindful open heartedness in relationship.
Membership to ACPP is open to students of the Karuna Institute (and Karuna Bristol) as well as practitioners who have an interest in mindfulness, meditation and/or mindfulness-based psychotherapy. Please note that, as an Accrediting Organisation, ACPP currently chooses to only re-register (rather than accredit) the following: a) practitioners who have previously completed a full training in Core Process Psychotherapy/Mindfulness-based Psychotherapeutic Practice through the Karuna Institute, who wish to return to practice or b) psychotherapists from other trainings/modalities who have already been placed onto the UKCP Register who wish to align themselves with ACPP and a mindfulness-based modality.