1. Psychotherapist Accreditation

Full Accredited Member Psychotherapist (Registered)

UKAHPP Register of Humanistic Psychotherapists and Psychotherapeutic Counsellors

– Accreditation Criteria –

The UKAHPP welcomes applications from Psychotherapists working with adults in the United Kingdom in the category of UKAHPP Full Accredited Member: Psychotherapist (Registered) incorporating entry on to the UKAHPP Register of Humanistic Psychotherapists and Psychotherapeutic Counsellors, accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

As an Organisational Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) the UKAHPP may sponsor successful applicants for UKCP Registration with the Humanistic and Integrative College (HIPC) under the UKCP Central Complaints Procedure.

A separate streamlined route is available for applicants accredited by statutory and other PSA Accredited Register holders in the field of Humanistic Psychotherapy and Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

A. Minimum Criteria

UKAHPP Psychotherapist Accreditation is open to applicants who have successfully completed core practice based training in a Humanistic Psychotherapy approach at Masters Level or equivalent and awarded a qualification that meets the following criteria:  

  • At Level 7 or equivalent 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 training hours, with 600 tutor contact hours over a minimum of 4 years part-time.
  • 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
  • Includes 450 hours of supervised practice in a recognised area of psychotherapy practice, over a minimum of 2 years.
  • 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 Accredited Psychotherapist 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
  • Submit a Referee’s Statement
  • Submit 4,000 – 5,000 word Case Study
  • Submit 1,000 word Humanistic Orientation Statement
  • Hold during and post training Indemnity Insurance
  • 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 by the published requirements governing 5 year renewal of accreditation under the UKAHPP Re-Accreditation Procedure
  • Abide by the UKAHPP Code of Practice and Ethical Principles and be held accountable for their practice under the UKAHPP Complaints Procedure

B. How to Apply

Please access the following links for additional information and an Application Form

Link – Psychotherapist-Accreditation-Detailed-Criteria-March-2019

Link – Application Form – Psychotherapist

Link – Supervisor’s Report

Link – Referee’s Statement

Link – Case Study Guidelines (Under Review)

Applications are to be submitted on the latest version of the Application Form in 12 point black Arial font and returned with supporting documents as PDF email attachments to admin@ahpp.org.uk

C. Unsuccessful Applications

In the event of an unsuccessful application, a written request can be made to the Chair of the UKAHPP Accreditation Committee for the decision to be reviewed by the Accreditation Committee. Evidence is to be provided as to how identified omissions to the published criteria for UKAHPP Psychotherapist Accreditation have been complied with. The UKAHPP Accreditation Committee’s decision will be final.

D. 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.

E. 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.

The UKAHPP Administrator (Accreditation Committee)

27 Old Gloucester Street





March 2019