General Criteria for Accreditation

Training/Experience

A full training must have been completed successfully.  This training may consist of several different courses taken at different times.  For some categories of membership (such as Psychotherapist and Psychotherapeutic Counsellor) what constitutes a ‘full training’ in length and content is specified (see below*).

Experience and mixed training/experience routes are available for applicants to demonstrate that through experience they have reached a standard equivalent to a full training.  These experience routes are primarily for practitioners who trained many years ago and since then have had substantial experience in practice.

Post-training supervision

Post-training supervision must have been completed; a supervisor’s report is required; for some categories of membership (such as Psychotherapist and Psychotherapeutic Counsellor) what constitutes the length, frequency and nature of supervision is specified (see below and category-specific details).

Personal therapy

The applicant must have experienced as client the same sort of therapy or humanistic practice as s/he practices (see also specific requirements for certain categories*)

Practice

A minimum caseload must have been maintained.*

*In addition to the general criteria, there are criteria specific to the accreditation categories of:

  • Psychotherapist
  • Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
  • Therapist
  • Group Facilitator, Group Therapist/Counsellor, Group Psychotherapist
  • Educator
  • Researcher
  • Organisational Development Consultant
  • Psychosexual Therapist
  • Supervisor
  • Qualified Member

If you consider that you meet the relevant criteria now, or if you intend to apply for accreditation at some time in the future, please first become an Associate-working-towards-accreditation. This can be applied for by a quick and straightforward process. See Associate. Further details of the accreditation application process and the relevant forms etc can then be provided.