Full Member: Accredited Psychotherapist (Registered)

The UKAHPP welcomes applications from Psychotherapists working with adults in the United Kingdom in the category of UKAHPP Full Member:  Accredited Psychotherapist (Registered).

This category of accreditation is the route for UKAHPP sponsorship to the UKCP Registration with the Humanistic and Integrative College (HIPC) under the UKCP Central Complaints Procedure.

The UKAHPP does not provide accreditation for psychotherapists working with children and young people, which is available via the UKCP College of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapies – see UKCP website.

A separate streamlined route is available to Psychotherapists in good standing accredited by other Organisational Members of the UKCP: HIPC – see UKAHPP website.

Before applying for UKAHPP Psychotherapist Accreditation applicants must first hold UKAHPP Registration – details of entry level registration requirements as a UKAHPP Ordinary Membership (Registered) are available on the UKAHPP website.

A. Minimum Criteria

UKAHPP Psychotherapist Accreditation is open to applicants who have successfully completed a 4-year postgraduate specialist level training in a Humanistic Psychotherapy approach at Masters Level or equivalent. Applicants are required to evidence that their training is:  

  • At Level 7 or above of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA): Framework for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies (Master’s Degree, Integrated Master’s Degree, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate). As other frameworks exist and may vary, applicants must demonstrate how their training equates to level 7 of the QAA
  • Includes 900 hours of tutor contact.
  • The Minimum Curriculum must include: Theory and Practice in a recognised Humanistic Psychotherapy approach; Theoretical understanding of other Humanistic Psychotherapy approaches and alternative Psychotherapy Modalities such as Psychoanalytic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches; Diversity and Equality; Research; Safeguarding; Ethics; Security and Confidentiality; 8,000 word Essay or Dissertation completed during training; 3,000-8,000 word Case Study.
  • Includes 450 hours of supervised practice in a recognised area of psychotherapy practice, over a minimum of 2 years with a mix of 6 short- and long-term clients per week.
  • Includes 1 hour of supervision to 6 hours of Client Contact that reflects the approach practiced, in an established face-to-face relationship preferably with the same UKAHPP Accredited Psychotherapist/Supervisor or equivalent.
  • Includes a minimum of 40 hours of face-to-face Personal Psychotherapy per year, for 4 years, in the approach practiced, preferably with the same UKAHPP Accredited Psychotherapist or equivalent for 3 years.
  • Includes a minimum of 48 hours with a recognised Mental Health Familiarisation Placement – must be completed within 12 months after accreditation.

In addition, applicants are required to:

  • Submit a Supervisor’s Report
  • Hold during and post training Indemnity Insurance cover
  • Undertake post training, at least 250 hours of Continuing Professional Development over a 5-year period with a minimum of 20 hours per year
  • Continue in practice working with adults in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Maintain a Therapeutic Executor arrangement
  • Have their name and professional standing, included on the publicly available UKAHPP Register of Humanistic Psychotherapists and Psychotherapeutic Counsellors, including complaints and sanctions if applicable, published in the public area of the UKAHPP website
  • Complete a Notification of Practice and Annual Renewal Declaration Form and provide identity data relevant to their practice as required by UKAHPP.
  • Comply with requirements governing the representation of UKAHPP Membership, Registration and Accreditation and the use of the UKAHPP and PSA names and logos.
  • Declare any upheld or current complaints about their practice and any criminal convictions prejudicial to their fitness to practice.
  • Declare that their health and character (physical and mental) is of sufficiently good standing to enable them to practice safely and effectively.
  • Abide to published requirements governing 5-year renewal of accreditation under the UKAHPP Re-Accreditation Procedure
  • Abide to the UKAHPP Code of Ethical Principles and Practice and be held accountable for their practice under the UKAHPP Complaints Procedure

B. How to Apply

There are two routes to UKAHPP Psychotherapist Accreditation. These are: A: Full Training Route; B: Experience Route – see links below for details of full criteria:

LINK – Full Training Route

LINK – Experience Route

Application for the experience and training route, is by means of an application form which is available on the Members’ Area of the website at ahpp.org.uk.  After meeting any further requirements, successful applicants will be asked to attend an interview.

In order to apply for accreditation – by either route – you must be an Ordinary Member (Registered) so that detailed advice and ongoing support can be provided, and to have access to the forms and guidance in the Members’ Area of the UKAHPP website.

C. Additional Information

UKAHPP Psychotherapist Accreditation and Registration will be suspended if arrangements for Re-Accreditation have not been agreed within 12 months of the scheduled renewal date and will lapse if not completed within 18 months of the scheduled renewal date.

Practitioners whose UKAHPP Psychotherapist Accreditation has lapsed are eligible to re-apply for UKAHPP Psychotherapist Accreditation in accordance with published requirements.

The UKAHPP will hold information provided by applicants in accordance with Data Protection requirements and will delete information relating to unsuccessful applications from its records 18 months following submission.

D. Public Protection

To enhance public protection and the promotion of confidence, the UKAHPP will share and seek information about the professional standing of applicants from other register holders and professional organisations.

September 2018