Continuing professional development (CPD)

Our members undertake a range of activities to develop professional awareness in contemporary thinking, which includes elements of reflective and reflexive practices. Normally these consist of clinical supervision, research, attendance at conferences and workshops or private study, as outlined in our CPD Policy.


As one of the requirements for re-accreditation, we want to support our members to find different ways of undertaking continuing professional development (CPD).

UKCP CPD Policy requires a minimum of 250 hours of CPD activity over a five-year period (ie reaccreditation period), and normally a minimum of 20 hours in any year within that period. This may be higher depending on your organisational member or college, and so it’s best to check their policy.

During the pandemic, our members found new and creative ways of undertaking CPD, and more continue to become. These include webinars, online training sessions, remote-meeting networking, remote peer meetings, remote committee work, online courses and extensive reading, as well in-person workshops and sessions. We want to reassure you that we continue to be flexible with our expectations of how you get your CPD.

We encourage our members to contact their organisational members/colleges to confirm policy requirements, find out what they’re recommending, and to see what support/CPD they might offer which is specific to their modality. College specific CPD policies can be found on your college’s page, and your organisational member’s page.

As a starting point, we have listed some useful places to find resources which could help you accrue CPD hours.


UKCP webinars

We listened to our members’ feedback and launched a series of webinars on a range of topics including remote working, the client voice in psychotherapeutic research and looking after yourself when you are looking after others. Recordings of these events are available to watch online as an exclusive UKCP membership benefit. Please email our Communications Team for more information on how to access the videos. You can view the full list of webinar recordings on our events page.


UKCP organisational members’ events pages

Many of our organisational members will have events on their websites which you may find useful.


Useful links

There are many organisations aiming to provide CPD online. We encourage members to contact their organisational members/colleges to verify if the chosen training meets the requirements for CPD hours.

Freud Museum
The Melanie Klein Archive


Reaccreditation and annual registrant sample audit

We anticipate that organisational members will be supportive, flexible and pragmatic when undertaking their annual CPD checks and reviewing reaccreditation submissions, much like we will in relation to the annual registrant sample audit . If you are struggling to meet requirements around CPD hours, you should communicate any concerns you have with your organisational member/college.

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