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 during lockdown to find new ways of undertaking continuing professional development (CPD).

Normally a minimum of 20 hours of CPD in any given year and 250 hours across five years is expected of members. In light of COVID-19, our members are finding new and creative ways of undertaking CPD, and more are becoming available and accessible every week. These include webinars, online training sessions, remote-meeting networking, remote peer meetings, remote committee work, online courses and extensive reading. We want to reassure you that we are being flexible in our expectations around what CPD you’re getting, and how you’re getting it.

We encourage our members to contact their organisational members/colleges to find out what they’re recommending, to communicate their concerns, and to see what support/CPD they might be putting together which is specific to their modality.

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, psychotherapy after COVID 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 may be 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 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 random audit. This is reflected on our organisational members guidance page. 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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