3. Re-Accreditation Policy and Procedure: Psychotherapist

Introduction

This document governs the re-accreditation of UKAHPP Full Members in the category of Psychotherapist including Member Emeritus and Honorary Life Members who remain in practice.

The purpose of Re-Accreditation is to ensure that UKAHPP standards of practice are maintained in the interest of public protection and should be read in conjunction with the UKAHPP Continual Professional Development and Supervision Policy and the UKAHPP Code of Practice and Ethical Principles.

The UKAHPP Psychotherapist Re-Accreditation policy and procedure complies with UKCP Registration Re-Accreditation requirements.

PART A: Re-Accreditation Criteria

Written Self Assessment Statement

1.1 Applicants are required to submit as part of their application a written Self Assessment Statement about their practice, including:

How their practice has developed over the past 5 years

  • Caseload demographics
  • Continual Personal and Professional Development strengths and specialities
  • Areas for future development/training – weaknesses and preferences
  • Use of Supervision
  • Contribution to the development of UKAHPP and the wider profession

1.2 The Self Assessment Statement with form the basis of a face-to-face Self and Peer Assessment Interview which all Re-Accreditation applicants are required to attend – See Part B.

  1. Caseload

2.1 For the first five years after accreditation is awarded, Psychotherapists are required to maintain a caseload of 6 clients per week and a minimum of 3 clients per week in subsequent re-accreditation cycles.

  1. Supervision

3.1 All accredited psychotherapists in practice, including Member Emeritus and other merit classes of membership, are required to engage in supervision consistent with their accreditation, training and client group.

3.2 Supervision is a professional and supportive relationship with an identified supervisor, with the purpose of enhancing clinical effectiveness through reflective practice, with particular emphasis on exploration of significant aspects of the therapeutic relationship and process.

3.3 Though supervision may take a one-to-one, group or peer format, during the first phase of re-accreditation, it is a requirement for supervision to be established with a more experienced approved supervisor trained in the same approach or modality as the supervisee and holds UKAHPP Psychotherapist Accreditation or equivalent.

3.4 During the first phase of re-accreditation (i.e. at first re-accreditation) peer and group supervision cannot be included as part of re-accreditation supervision hours.

3.5 On-line and telephone supervision is considered to be supplementary to, not an alternative to, face-to-face supervision.

3.6 All accredited psychotherapists are required to undertake a minimum of 90 minutes of supervision per month.

3.7 For CPD, re-accreditation, and registration audit purposes, all accredited psychotherapists are required to maintain a record of all supervision sessions, including: name of supervisor, format (individual, group, and peer) date, number of supervisees if group.

3.8 Where a psychotherapist has a break from practice for one year or over, a signed return to practice declaration from their supervisor is to be submitted to the Accreditation Committee in accordance with UKAHPP Breaks in Practice requirements.

3.9 When unfamiliar client issues are encountered and when working during periods of personal stress, members should seek additional supervision in accordance with the UKAHPP Code of Practice and Ethical Principles.

3.10 All re-accreditation applications should include a supervisor’s signed report or (if the second or subsequent re-accreditation) a peer group member’s signed report that includes feedback about the member’s Re-Accreditation Application Form.

  1. Personal Therapy

4.1 The UKAHPP expects accredited members to self-monitor and engage in personal therapy when needed; members should also take note of advice from colleagues, supervisors, and the Accreditation Committee.

4.2 There is an expectation that members who had the minimum amount of personal therapy required for accreditation will continue in personal therapy after accreditation, and present details in their applications for re-accreditation after five years.

  1. Continual Professional Development (CPD)

5.1 Accredited Psychotherapists are required to undertake a minimum of 250 hours in any 5-year period, with at least 20 hours in any single year.

5.2 A record of all CPD activities is to be maintained, including certificates of attendance and evidence demonstrating how developments in their core approach and understanding of other theories have informed their practice.

5.3 CPD activities include workshops, courses, conferences, lectures, peer group meetings, research, writing articles for publication, and informal activities such as webinars and private study. .

5.4 Holding office on UKAHPP committees, the Board of Directors and appointed working parties may be included in CPD hours to a maximum of 10% of required hours.

5.5 Personal therapy and supervision form part of a member’s CPD but are not included in CPD hours.

5.6 The Re-accreditation process requires Accredited Psychotherapists to indicate what areas of CDP they may engage with during the following 5 year accreditation period.

  1. Breaks in Practice

6.1 Life circumstances may bring about breaks in practice, whether due to illness or a planned sabbatical.

6.2 If a member is out of practice for more than 3 months they are required to inform the UKAHPP Accreditation Committee via the association’s Administrator.

6.3 If a member is out of practice for more than 6 months their registration status will be suspended.

6.4 A member is required to inform the UKAHPP Administrator when they return to practice.

6.5 Registered and Accredited Members with a break in practice between 6-18 months are required to undertake CPD training over a period of 6-12 months, in accordance with requirements set by the Accreditation Committee.

6.6 Registrants and Accredited Members with a break in practice exceeding 18 months are required to undertake CPD training over a period of 12-18 months in accordance with minimum requirements set by the Accreditation Committee.

6.7 UKAHPP Accreditation suspended for breaks in practice over 6 months will not be reinstated until the Accreditation Committee is satisfied that the member has provided sufficient evidence of the completion of CPD requirements set by the Accreditation Committee.

6.8 Breaks in practice of 6 months and over are to be detailed in the Re-Accreditation Application Form.

6.9 Breaks in practice may affect a member’s re-accreditation and registration status.

6.10 Members holding UKCP Registration will also be governed by the published UKCP Continuing Professional Development Policy.

  1. Insurance

7.1 All registered and all accredited psychotherapists are required to maintain continuous and appropriate professional indemnity insurance cover, or equivalent employee workplace cover, at all times while they are in practice and to provide a copy if requested by UKAHPP.

  1. Complaints

8.1 All registered and accredited members are required to declare details of any criminal convictions or professional complaints brought against them and upheld over the past 5 years or currently being processed.

8.2 The Accreditation Committee will liaise with the UKAHPP Registrar and with other organisations regarding complaints brought against an accredited member seeking re-accreditation.

  1. Therapeutic Executor

9.1 Accredited Psychotherapists are required to have a Therapeutic Executor, or an equivalent arrangement with their employer, to ensure that in the event of sudden, prolonged or permanent absence, their clients will be informed and alternative arrangements made as necessary. See UKAHPP Guidelines.

  1. Deferred Re-accreditation

10.1 Re-accreditation may be deferred for an agreed period not exceeding 12 months at the discretion of the Accreditation committee in exceptional circumstances such as prolonged serious illness, injury, maternity leave, bereavement, sabbatical etc. Also see section on ‘breaks in practice’.

10.2 If an accredited member has not submitted a re-accreditation application within 6 months from the due date for re-accreditation, and has not agreed a formal deferment with the Accreditation Committee, their Accredited and Registration status as a Psychotherapist will be suspended pending completion of re-accreditation requirements.

10.3 If the member has not submitted a re-accreditation application within 6 months of their accredited status having been suspended as in 10.3 above, then their accredited status will be deemed to have lapsed. In this case the UKAHPP member will be able to retain another non-accredited category of membership.

10.4 Lapsed accredited status will normally be restored if a member submits a re-accreditation application within 6 months of the lapsed re-accreditation date and if they comply with any additional requirements set by the Accreditation Committee.

10.5 If a member’s accreditation has lapsed, and then been suspended, and if they have not submitted their re-accreditation application within 2 years of the date when their reaccreditation originally fell due (i.e. one year since suspension of accreditation), they will only be able to regain accredited status by submitting a new Accreditation Application.

  1. Submission of Re-accreditation Application

11.1 Before embarking upon the re-accreditation process members are advised to check the UKAHPP Website to ensure they are using the most recent version of the Application Form.

11.2 The Application Form should be completed in 12 point black Arial font and returned with other supporting documents as PDF email attachments to admin@ahpp.org.uk

PART B: Self and Peer Assessment

  1. Self and Peer Assessment

1.1 All Re-Accreditation Applicants are required to attend a face-to-face Self and Peer Assessment group meeting consisting of 6-8 Re-Accreditation applicants.

1.2 Applicants will not be invited to attend a Self and Peer Assessment group meeting until evidence has been provided of compliance with all  Re-Accreditation requirements.

1.3 The Self and Peer Assessment process will be facilitated by two Re-Accreditation Panel Members  who will hold the structure and boundaries of the group meeting including time keeping – as assessors they will not participate in the peer process.

1.4 Applicants will normally be given 28 days notice of the meeting and venue.

1.5 The UKAHPP Administrator may attend meetings to take notes. Audio recording of the procedure is optional.

1.6 The UKAHPP Accreditation Committee will establish a standard Self and Peer Assessment structure which will apply to all Self and Peer Assessment Group Meetings. The structure will include provision for the following components:

  • Presentation of Self Assessment
  • Peer Assessment
  • Peer recommendations and caveats

1.7 The Accreditation Committee will provide applicants with a pro-forma Peer Assessment Form which applicants will complete for their peers and return to the UKAHPP Administrator within 14 days of the Self and Peer Assessment Group Meeting..

1.8 The UKAHPP Administrator will forward the forms to the Accreditation Committee, Re-Accreditation Panel.

  1. Re-Accreditation Report

2.1 The Peer Assessment Sheets will be reviewed by three Re-Accreditation panel members – the two members who attended the meeting and an additional member.

2.2 The panel will process information contained in the member’s Application Form for verification and incorporated with significant aspects of Peer Assessment Sheets to produce a Re-Accreditation Report.

2.3 Where there is evidence that a member is not meeting the published Re-Accreditation requirements the Accreditation Committee explain in the Re-Accreditation Report which aspects of the published requirements have not been complied with.

2.4 The Accreditation Committee may defer Re-Accreditation and offer advice and recommendations as to how minor omission can be complied with within a stipulated deadline.

2.5 The Re-Accreditation Report will be forwarded to the UKAHPP Administrator and a copy posted to the applicant with any recommendations and conditions.

  1. Unsuccessful Application

3.1 If an application is unsuccessful the Accreditation Committee will explain in the Re-Accreditation Report the reasons Re-Accreditation was not renewed.

3.2 In the event of an unsuccessful application, a written request can be made to the Chair of the UKAHPP Accreditation Committee, within 15 days of Re-Accreditation Report, for the Accreditation Committee to review this decision. This request should be accompanied by evidence as to how identified omissions to the published Re-accreditation Criteria (i.e. this document) have been complied with. The UKAHPP Accreditation Committee’s decision will be final.

3.3 If an individual holds UKCP Registration and they refuse to submit information requested by the UKAHPP Accreditation Committee or if it is determined that an individual has not met the requirements of re-accreditation, the Chair of the UKCP: Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC) will be informed.

3.4 Where it has been established that requirements for re-accreditation have not been complied with or if an application for re-accreditation is not received in accordance with requirements and despite requests, the Accreditation Committee will refer inform the UKAHPP Registrar refer the matter to the UKAHPP Ethics Committee for investigation under the UKAHPP Complaints Procedure.

3.5 If the member holds UKCP Registration the matter will be referred to the UKCP Registrar under the UKCP Central Complaints Procedure and the UKAHPP will comply with the outcome of any audit and decision regarding the member’s professional standing and accreditation and registration status.

3.6 Failure to comply with the UKAHPP Ethics Committee’s investigation constitutes grounds for the member’s name to be removed from the UKAHPP Register.

Link – Re-Accreditation Psychotherapist Application Form

Link – Supervisor’s Report