Continuing Professional Development and Supervision Policy


This is a generic policy applicable to all UKAHPP categories and classes of registered and accredited membership. It should be read in conjunction with the UKAHPP Code of Practice and Ethical Principles and relevant Registration and Accreditation requirements.

The fundamental purpose of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is for the advancement of standards of practice in the interest of public protection.

1. Minimum Requirement:

1.1 All UKAHPP members in practice are required to undertake on an ongoing basis a mixture of CPD activities which support the maintenance and advancement of their fitness to practice as a Humanistic practitioner. As such all Humanistic practitioners will be able to evidence how CPD learning has informed their practice.

1.2 The UKAHPP has a universal CPD requirement applicable to all Registered and Accredited Members of a minimum of 250 hours in any five year period, with at least 20 hours in any single year.

2. The Range of CPD Activities

2.1 As a newly qualified practitioner may have different needs to a more experienced or semi-retired practitioner, the range of CPD activities is flexible to allow for differing personal and professional needs and circumstances. All UKAHPP members, without exception, are required to engage in CPD relevant to registration and accreditation requirements.

2.2 A member’s CPD should be relevant to their current practice and although an appreciation of other models and approaches is encouraged the member’s core Humanistic model or approach must be kept up to date.

2.3 The UKAHPP does not support CPD activities where there is intention or expectation that a member will work with members of the public outside the scope and competence of their training, registration and accreditation.

2.4 On-going Supervision is a registration and accreditation requirement in its own right and may be included as part of a practitioners CPD requirement – including peer and group formats.

2.5 Though some employers may develop their own CPD programmes, UKAHPP registered and accredited members are encouraged to take an active role in determining their professional development, by ensuring that their registration and accreditation needs are accommodated within such programmes.

2.6 Members are encouraged to maintain a portfolio of activities which may include:

⦁ Attendance at lectures, workshops, conferences, professional meetings etc.
⦁ Paid or voluntary service secondment, exchange or placement with allied organisations on a regional, national or international basis.
⦁ Research opportunities.
⦁ Distance learning resources – reading, video, journals, on-line conferencing.
⦁ Publication.
⦁ External Moderator to a related organisation.
⦁ External Examiner to a related course.
⦁ Course tutor/trainer
⦁ Course development consultant.
⦁ Serving on the governing body or holding formal office with a professional organisation in field relevant to the member’s practice.
⦁ Committee work – accounting for only 10% of annual CPD hours.
⦁ Mandatory training.
⦁ Providing supervision as a service to other professionals
⦁ Community/charity work in a relevant filed.
⦁ Personal therapy.
⦁ Spiritual practice and relative life experience.
⦁ Private study/projects
⦁ Peer group meetings

3. Monitoring Procedures

3.1 All Registered and Accredited members are required to submit an Annual Notification of Practice and Registration Declaration, which includes a declaration that CPD requirements have been undertaken and will provide information about such activities if required by UKAHPP.

3.2 The UKAHPP Registrar’s Office will conduct a random sample audit of annual renewals, requiring registered and accredited members to evidence practice and CPD requirements. It is recommended that members maintain a portfolio of their CPD activities – certificates of attendance etc.

3.3 Non-compliance with CPD requirements will have implications on a member’s registration and accreditation status, including removal from the UKAHPP Register of Humanistic Psychotherapists and Psychotherapeutic Counsellors.

3.4 All Accredited members in practice (without exception) are required to complete a 5-yearly Re-Accreditation process and participate in a peer review group where their CPD activities will be reviewed.

4. Breaks in Practice

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

4.2 If a member is out of practice for more than 3 months they are required to inform the UKAHPP Administrator.

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

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

4.5 Registered and Accredited Members with a break in practice between 6-18 months are required to undertake CPD training in accordance with minimum requirements set by the Accreditation Committee.

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

4.7 Breaks in practice may affect a member’s re-accreditation.

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

5. Supervision

To be inserted.

August 2018