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Standards, guidance and policies

Our national register of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors only includes practitioners who meet our exacting standards and training requirements

The training for psychotherapists is postgraduate masters, or masters-equivalent level specialist training. It is not normally less than four years. The training for psychotherapeutic counsellors is degree level or equivalent.

On this page you will find our

UKCP standards

UKCP Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct
Our minimum generic ethical principles which UKCP registrants commit to and maintain.

Professional occupational standards
This document maps the contemporary competencies and meta-competencies of our colleges and standing faculties.

UKCP standards of education and training (2012)
The minimum core criteria psychotherapy with adults.

Child and young person proficiency marker
Standards of proficiency for psychotherapists working with children and young people

Our college standards

College of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapies (C-CAP)

College for Family, Couple and Systemic Therapy (CFCST)
Standards of education and training

College of Hypno-Psychotherapists (CH-P)
Standards of education and training

College for Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapy (CSRP)
Training standards
Code of Ethics and Practice for CSRP (this link takes you to the CSRP website)

Constructivist and Existential College (CEC)
Standards of Education and Training

Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA)
College standards of education and training

Humanistic and Integrative College (HIPC)
College standards of education and training

Psychotherapeutic Counselling and Intersubjective Psychotherapy College (PCIPC)
PCIP College standards of education and training – adults
PCIP College standards of education and training – children

UKCP guidance

Complaints guidance for therapists

Guidance on psychological therapies that pathologise and/or seek to eliminate or reduce same sex attraction
An elaboration of our Ethical Principles and Codes of Professional Conduct relevant to gay conversion therapy.

Guidelines for mental health component in UKCP accredited trainings

Guidelines for UKCP organisations on accrediting already qualified practitioners

Insurance explained

Making a complaint

Providing therapeutic services to commissioners

UKCP Organisational Membership Assessment Questionnaire

UKCP policies

Complaints and conduct process rules (after 1 November 2015)

Complaints and conduct process rules (before 1 November 2015)

Continuing professional development – principles, requirements and guidelines for UKCP organisational members

Data protection policy

Diversity and equalities statement

Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK

Policy on complaints against UKCP

Procedures, rules and requirements for restoration to the register

Publication Policy for Fitness to Practise decisions

Re-accreditation process for UKCP full clinical members

Statement on the ‘reparative’ therapy of members of sexual minorities (Feb 2010)

Statement on torture

Supervision policy

UKCP Annual Audit of Registrants Policy