UKAHPP Re-Accreditation Policy

The Association’s system for annual renewal of membership and five-yearly re-accreditation involves the submission of completed renewal forms and re-accreditation forms respectively. For more information about Annual Renewal criteria please see the annual renewal information in the Members’ Area.

Re-accreditation includes a short written piece on how the member’s practice has developed in the previous five years and participation in a two hour peer group meeting. This system is intended to be thorough and in-depth, respectful of members’ experience and providing an opportunity for creative reflection on each member’s professional development past and future. It is intended to be more humanistically congruent than merely counting Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours and annual form filling, although a log of formal and informal activities is now required both at the annual renewal of membership and at the five yearly re-accreditation. UKAHPP routinely invites feedback from its members going through the re-accreditation process; the present system has been developed and refined in the light of such feedback since 2001.

The Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC) of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) describes CPD as intended to protect the public and, “Just as importantly, CPD is about an ongoing ethical belief in, and commitment to, our growth, freshness, and development as practising psychotherapists …….effective psychotherapists have a sense of liveliness and curiosity about their work, are critically reflective about psychotherapy itself and regularly ask questions about their, and the work. We believe, therefore, that any activity or experience that can be shown to alert us to new dilemmas, or new ways of thinking about and engaging in clinical work, should be included as professional development …….All CPD frameworks should have a system whereby registrants can articulate to others their active ongoing learning and clinical development. …..We seek a minimum structure that both trusts the integrity of individuals to fulfil their ethical obligations whilst also meeting public professional standards of accountability and transparency.”

This policy document summarises UKAHPP’s requirements for re-accreditation every five years, including CPD. The Association is an accrediting Organisational Member of the UKCP and the Association’s accreditation of members as psychotherapeutic counsellors or psychotherapists entitles those members to UKCP registration with PCIPC or HIPC respectively. Therefore, the Association’s requirements are based on UKCP’s standards. In November 2008 and May 2013 the UKCP Registration Board issued new requirements required in order to gain re-accreditation; these UKCP requirements have prompted this revision of the Association’s Re-accreditation and CPD policy.

Re-Accreditation

For all members who practise as psychotherapeutic counsellors and psychotherapists the following serve as requirements.

  1. Caseload – the Association requires accredited psychotherapeutic counsellors and psychotherapists in the first five years after accreditation to maintain, as a minimum, the same caseload required in order to gain accreditation. If this caseload has not been maintained, the Membership and Accreditation Committee will consider explanatory circumstances put forward by the member. These caseloads are considered to be the norm which all accredited members should seek to maintain. However, after the first five years of accreditation (i.e. after accreditation has been renewed once) more flexibility may be allowed; for example, supervision can substitute for therapy clients, but some direct client work must be maintained. Training is not considered to substitute for client work. See also Breaks from Practice,

 

  1. Supervision – The Association expects all members to be in supervision routinely whilst in practice at a minimum rate of 1.5 hours monthly. If registered as a psychotherapeutic counsellor with PCIPC this is a requirement, and if registered as a psychotherapist with HIPC the requirement is 2 hours minimum of monthly supervision. This should involve an established, ongoing arrangement with one supervisor or supervision group; the Association does not recommend frequent changes of supervisor. Supervision should normally be conducted face to faced, rather than by telephone, email, etc. When engaging with unfamiliar client groups and settings, and when working during periods of personal stress, members should seek additional supervision. See also UKAHPP Code of Ethical Principles and Code of Practice, on the website at ahpp.org. For psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors in the first five years after accreditation, one to one or group (not peer group) supervision is a requirement for re-accreditation, on a regular, ongoing and appropriate basis. The supervisor’s approach or modality should be the same as that in which the supervisee has trained and practises. For psychotherapeutic counsellors accredited by the Experience Route, a yearly written confirmation of attendance from a humanistic or integrative supervisor approved by UKAHPP is required for the first 5 years of accredited membership. After the first five years of accreditation, more flexibility may be allowed in the supervisor’s modality. Supervisors or peer group members are required to sign the member’s application for re-accreditation, and are encouraged to add any comments. At present the Association does not require that supervisors are UKAHPP members nor that they are UKCP registrants; there is a strong preference that supervisors have received appropriate training and are accredited or registered with UKCP, BACP, BPS or other professional organisations.

 

  1. Personal Therapy – The Association does not have a general requirement that, once accredited, members should continue in personal therapy for any specified duration or frequency. 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 the Membership and Accreditation Committee. There is an expectation that members who had the minimum amount of own therapy required for accreditation will continue in personal therapy after accreditation, and present details in their applications for re-accreditation after five years. Personal therapy and supervision do not count as CPD.

 

  1. CPD – While the experience of practice, supervision and own therapy contribute to a member’s continuing professional and personal development, other forms of CPD are required for annual renewal and five-yearly re-accreditation. These may be formal i.e. workshops, courses, conferences, peer group meetings and informal, e.g. webinars and private study, including activities that can be shown to alert one to new dilemmas or new ways of thinking about and engaging in clinical work, including awareness of developments in contemporary thinking and best practice, and evidence of reflective/reflexive practice. Members should be able to evidence how their CPD informs their practice with the client groups they work with. Complementary professional activities, research, writing, reading, spiritual practice, personal therapy and relevant life experiences could all be included. Research and Committee work cannot account for more than 10% of annual CPD hours. Serving on the committees, working groups and Board of Directors of the Association and other professional organisations may also be included. CPD should involve keeping up to date with one’s own core model as well as learning from other models. Members should keep a log of annual CPD undertaken, with evidence of formal CPD such as certificates of attendance and a record of informal CPD activities. The Association assesses these CPD requirements on an annual basis at renewal of membership as well as on a five-yearly basis as part of the member’s five-yearly re-accreditation. Following UKCP requirements, the Association expects members to have engaged in both formal and informal types of CPD, and supervised practice, during the five year period before re-accreditation.

 

Psychotherapeutic Counsellors: The Association specifies a minimum amount of CPD per year, based on the requirements of the Psychotherapeutic Counselling and Inter-Subjective Psychotherapy Section (PCIPC) of the UKCP. The new UKCP standards for CPD issued in November 2008 increased the amount of CPD required for psychotherapeutic counsellors to: at least 250 hours in any five year period, with at least 20 hours in any single year. The Association will expect accredited psychotherapeutic counsellors to provide details in their applications for 5-yearly re-accreditation of this minimum amount of CPD.

 

Psychotherapists (HIPC and PCIPC): The new UKCP standards for CPD issued in 2008 specified for the first time the amount of CPD required for psychotherapists: at least 250 hours in any five year period, with at least 20 hours in any single year. The Association will expect accredited psychotherapists to provide details, including a log in their applications for 5-yearly re-accreditation of this minimum amount of CPD. The Association expects to see that substantial CPD has been engaged in during the five year period leading to re-accreditation and that psychotherapist members have some plans for CPD to be undertaken in the coming 5 year period.

 

Members in other accreditation categories: The accreditation criteria for ‘therapist’ are similar to criteria for psychotherapeutic counsellors, so members accredited as therapists should take the CPD requirements for psychotherapeutic counsellors noted above as a benchmark. Other membership/accreditation categories (Educator, Group Facilitator etc.) vary widely, and members applying for re-accreditation in any of these categories should be aware that some ongoing professional development is required.

 

  1. Breaks in Practice- Life circumstances may bring about breaks in practice, whether planned as “sabbaticals” or unplanned/unforeseen. For these breaks in practice of over 6 months to be considered as allowable exceptions to the caseload, supervision, therapy and CPD requirements for re-accreditation noted above, full explanation of the circumstances must be given in the re-accreditation application forms. Refresher training, if appropriate and additional CPD appropriate to the break in practice must have been undertaken. In appropriate cases the Membership and Accreditation Committee may pend re-accreditation, or re-accredit for less than the normal 5 years, until it is satisfied that the member has taken appropriate measures for resumption of practice. The new UKCP CPD standards issued in November 2008 treat a member’s non-renewal of UKCP registration as the member ceasing to practice (although this may not be the case; previously, some of the Association’s members have opted out of UKCP registration in some years whilst continuing to practice). For breaks in UKCP registration of up to 18 months, UKAHPP follows the policy of UKCP which requires “evidence of a programme of structured/verifiable CPD or alternative/equivalent re-training undertaken over a period of six months to one year” before re-registration is allowed. For breaks in UKCP registration exceeding 18 months, UKCP requires “evidence of a programme of structured / verifiable CPD or alternative / equivalent re-training undertaken over a period of twelve to eighteen months” before re-registration is allowed. If the Association wishes to make any exception to this UKCP requirement for a UKCP registered member it must set out its reasons in writing to the UKCP. Equally non-UKCP registered members need to make their case to the MAC in writing. UKCP provides examples of sources of CPD whilst on a ‘career break’.

 

  1. Insurance, Complaints – the Association requires all members to have professional liability insurance whilst in practice. Members in private practice should include a copy of the current insurance certificate with their applications for re-accreditation. Members working in settings where the employer provides insurance should include details of the insurer and cover provided on their re-accreditation application forms, and should check that the policy is current and appropriate to their working circumstances. Any complaints made against the member, through the Association or any other organisation in relation to the member’s therapeutic practice, during the previous five year period since accreditation should be noted briefly on the re-accreditation application forms; this includes all complaints concluded, in process, dropped or otherwise not pursued; the Membership and Accreditation Committee may ask for further information.

 

  1. Therapeutic Executor – It is a requirement that accredited Full Members have an ongoing Therapeutic Executor arrangement, for which guidelines are available in the members’ area of the website at ahpp.org.

 

  1. Appeals- As the Association’s re-accreditation process is collegiate and peer-based, it is expected that disputes will occur rarely, if at all. Where an issue arises that cannot be resolved between the Membership and Accreditation Committee and the member seeking re-accreditation, the matter will be referred to the UKAHPP Board of Directors or the member may wish to use the UKAHPP Appeals Review for Refusal of Accreditation and Re-accreditation. With regards members registered with the UKCP who fail to meet re-accreditation requirements they will be referred to UKCP Registrar and Membership Committee.

PLEASE NOTE – Members may defer their re-accreditation only with a valid reason put in writing to the MAC e.g bereavement or illness or an urgent and serious family matter, for one MAC meeting and re-accreditation peer group only. They must submit their application form in time for the next MAC meeting, and then attend the re-accreditation peer group three weeks later. Re-accreditation is an ethical requirement of UKAHPP for accredited members, and also, if relevant, of UKCP. Plus failure to accredit will affect the validity of your insurance cover. Breaks in practice or becoming a Dormant Member are only options for those members not in practice.

Version Control

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