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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 (2017)
The minimum core criteria psychotherapy with adults.

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

UKCP guidelines for colleges and member organisations on developing:

Codes of practice and professional conduct for working with children

Standards of supervision for child psychotherapists

Training standards in child psychotherapy: accreditation of prior learning (APL/APEL)

Training standards in child psychotherapy: full training

Training standards in child psychotherapy: post qualifying courses.

 

Our college standards

College of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapies (C-CAP)
C-CP Standards of Education and Training

College for Family, Couple and Systemic Therapy (CFCST)
CFCST Standards of Education and Training
Further CFCST standards, policies and documentation can be found on the College page

College of Hypno-Psychotherapists (CH-P)
CH-P Standards of Education and Training

College for Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapy (CSRP)
CSRP Standards of Education and Training
Code of Ethics and Practice for CSRP
Further CSRP standards, policies and documentation can be found on the College page

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

Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA)
CPJA Standards of Education and Training

Humanistic and Integrative College (HIPC)
HIPC Standards of Education and Training

Psychotherapeutic Counselling and Intersubjective Psychotherapy College (PCIPC)
PCIPC Adult Psychotherapeutic Counselling Standards of Education and Training
PCIPC Child Psychotherapeutic Counselling Standards of Education and Training
PCIPC Intersubjective Psychotherapy Standards of Education and Training

University Training College (UTC)
UTC Psychotherapeutic Counselling Standards of Education and Training
UTC Psychotherapy Standards of Education and Training

UKCP guidance

Assessment guidelines

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 Familiarisation (2017)

Guidelines for UKCP organisations on accrediting already qualified practitioners

Insurance explained

Making a complaint

Online training guidelines

Providing therapeutic services to commissioners

Safeguarding Practices and Procedures

Security and Confidentiality

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

UKCP Safeguarding Protocol