Re-Accreditation Criteria


This document governs the Re-Accreditation of UKAHPP Full Members in the category of Psychotherapist and Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.

In addition to completion of Annual Renewal Forms, for registration purposes, all Accredited Psychotherapists and Psychotherapeutic Counsellors in practice, including those who hold merit awards such as Member Emeritus and Honorary Life Membership are required to undertake a five-yearly re-accreditation process. The purpose of Re-Accreditation is to ensure that UKAHPP standards of practice are maintained in the interest of public protection.

Applicants are required to include a written statement about how their practice has developed over the past five 5 years and to subsequently to attend a two-hour peer group meeting. These meetings are usually held in London but alternative venues may be arranged if logistically possible. Peer group meetings which are facilitated by two members of the Accreditation Committee, provide an opportunity for members to objectively reflect on their practice within a peer review process and to consider wider Continual Professional Development (CPD) needs.

UKAHPP Re-Accreditation also ensures continuity for those members who hold UKCP Registration under UKAHPP’s sponsorship.

Re-Accreditation Requirements:

 1. Caseload:

1.1 For the first five years after accreditation is awarded, psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors are required to maintain as a minimum the same size caseload as required for accreditation. In the event of this standard not being maintained the Accreditation Committee may consider extenuating circumstances.

1.2 This requirement may be relaxed after a member’s first re-accreditation to include supervision clients.

1.3 Maintain a caseload of three clients per week (the equivalent to a morning or afternoon working session – with provision for holidays and other breaks) is the minimum requirement for UKAHPP Registration and Accreditation purposes.

  1. Supervision:

2.1 All accredited psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors, in practice including Member Emeritus and other merit classes of membership, are required to engage in supervision or consultancy consistent with their accreditation training and range of therapeutic practice.

2.2 Supervision is a professional and supportive relationship with an identified supervisor, with the purpose of enhancing clinical effectiveness, through reflective practice, with emphasis on exploration of complex issues.

2.3 For accreditation purposes supervision is to be provided by an approved supervisor who holds UKAHPP Accreditation or equivalent in the same category as the supervisee (psychotherapist or psychotherapeutic counsellor).

2.4 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 experience supervisor trained in the same approach as the supervisee and which they practice.

2.5 During the first phase of re-accreditation, peer and group supervision cannot be included as part of re-accreditation supervision hours.

2.6 On-line and telephone supervision is considered supplementary to one-face-face supervision.

2.7 All accredited psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors are required to undertake a minimum of 2 hours supervision per month.

2.8 Where an accredited psychotherapist or psychotherapeutic counsellor has a reduced caseload, due to retirement, post retirement arrangement or therapy being a secondary occupation, supervision can be reduced to a minimum of 1.5 hours per month.

2.9 For CPD, re-accreditation and registration audit purposes all psychotherapist and psychotherapeutic counsellors are required to maintain a record of all supervision sessions, including: name of supervisor, format, date, number of supervisee’s if group supervision etc.

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

2.11 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.

2.12 For psychotherapeutic counsellors accredited by the Experience Route, their supervisor is required to provide annually for the first 5 years of accreditation, a signed declaration that the supervisee’ has attended supervision in accordance with requirements and within a Humanistic approach.

2.13 A report signed by their supervisor or peer group members with feedback about the member’s Re-Accreditation Application Form is to be submitted to the UKAHPP with the application.

  1. Personal Therapy:

3.1 The Association does not have a general requirement that, once accredited, members should continue in personal therapy for any specified duration or frequency.

3.2 However it does expect members to self-monitor and engage in personal therapy when needed; members should also take note of advice from colleagues, supervisors and Accreditation Committee.

3.3 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):

4.1 While the experience of practice, supervision and own therapy enhance a practitioner’s competence other forms of CPD are required for annual renewal and re-accreditation purposes.

4.2 Psychotherapists and Psychotherapeutic Counsellors are required to undertake a minimum of 250 hours in any 5-year period, with at least 20 hours in any single year.

4.3 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.

4.4 CPD activities include workshops, courses, conferences, peer group meetings, research, publishing articles and informal activities such as webinars and private study. See UKAHPP Continual Professional Development Policy.

4.5 Serving on committees, working groups and the Board of Directors of the UKAHPP and other organisations may be included in CPD hours.

4.6 Research and Committee work cannot account for more than 10% of annual CPD hours.

4.7 Personal therapy and supervision form part of a member’s CPD hours.

4.8 It is a requirement of the Re-accreditation process for Psychotherapists and Psychotherapeutic Counsellors to give an indication what areas of CDP they may engage with during the following 5-year accreditation period.

  1. Breaks in Practice:

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

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

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

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

5.5 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.

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

5.7 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.

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

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

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

  1. Humanistic Statement:

6.1 Applicants are to provide a 500-1,000-word statement about how their Humanistic practice has developed over the past 5 years, with particular reference to any significant learning experiences. They may refer to theorists or traditions that inform their practice. The statement may also consider:

  • The values underpinning their work
  • The personal and professional qualities they bring to their work
  • The therapeutic use of self
  • Client population
  • Experiences and problems presented by their client group and work setting
  • Job satisfaction
  • An understanding of how they work with difference and diversity.
  1. Insurance:

7.1 All registered and accredited members are required to evidence that they hold adequate cover under an indemnity arrangement appropriate to their practice through professional indemnity insurance or employer workplace cover.

  1. Complaints:

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

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

  1. Therapeutic Executor:

9.1 It is a requirement for accredited psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors to have an ongoing Therapeutic Executor arrangement or an alternative with their employer in the event of sudden or prolonged absence or death. Guidelines are available on the UKAHPP website.

  1. Deferred Re-Accreditation:

10.1 If an accredited member has a valid reason such as bereavement, prolonged illness, maternity leave sabbatical etc. they may submit a written request to the Accreditation Committee to defer their Re-Accreditation for a set period of.

10.2 The requirements for deferring Re-Accreditation should be read in conjunction with ‘breaks in practice’ requirements.

10.3 The Accreditation status of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors will be ‘suspended’ after 6 months if they have not agreed an arrangement with the Accreditation Committee to defer their Re-Accreditation.

10.4 Arrangements can be agreed with the Accreditation Committee to defer a member’s Re-Accreditation for a period normally up to 12 months but may be extended to accommodate personal circumstances such as prolonger serious illness, maternity leave, planned sabbaticals etc.

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

10.6 If a member does not submit a Re-Accreditation application within 6 months of the lapsed re-accreditation date and has not made arrangements with the Accreditation Committee to defer their accreditation to a later date, their Accreditation status will be ‘suspended’ and after 12 months will have ‘lapsed’ and their membership may revert to another category of membership.

10.7 If a member’s Accreditation has been ‘lapsed’ and it is 2 years or over since their last Re-Accreditation date, they will have to submit a new Accreditation application.

  1. Applications:

11.1 Before mailing members are advised to check the UKAHPP Website to ensure they have the most recent version of the Application Form.

11.2 Application Forms are to be completed in ‘black’ Arial font and return with supporting documents to the UKAHPP Administrator as PDF email attachment at OR by post by sending 9 collated copies of the application form and all supporting documents to the address provided.

11.3 Hand written applications are only acceptable with prior arrangement with the UKAHPP Administrator.

  1. Unsuccessful Application:

12.1 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 Psychotherapeutic Counsellor Accreditation have been complied with. The UKAHPP Accreditation Committee’s decision will be final.

Version Status Description Date
2 Approved Revision Sept 2018
1.3 Approved Update Dec 2017
1.2 Approved Updated Aug 2015
1.1 Approved Establish Policy 2 May 2009


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