Member Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What will I get from being a member of UPCA?

A: Courses are approved for the purposes of registration through UPCA with UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and it is therefore a requirement of such courses that students should become members of UPCA. UPCA therefore provides:

  • a route to student membership of UKCP,  
  • an ethical framework for trainee therapist’s work
  • advice and collegial support in the event of any professional conduct issues
  • opportunities to attend conferences and seminars arranged by the association

Q: What is the relationship between UPCA and UKCP?

A: UKCP has many organisational members which are grouped into various colleges. UPCA is one of these organisational members and forms part of the Universities Training College (UTC). Colleges are responsible for accepting members into full membership of UKCP and all existing members must belong to a college.

For more information on UKCP colleges see

Q: What is the difference between therapeutic counselling and psychotherapy registration?

A: Psychotherapists

Practitioners undergo a four-year, postgraduate, in-depth and experiential training in how to work with a variety of people with a wide range of emotional distress, mental health issues and difficulties. Psychotherapists are trained in one or more of the psychotherapy approaches.

Psychotherapeutic counsellors

Practitioners on this register are counsellors who have trained to a UKCP recognised standard and are competent to practice to the highest standards of counselling.

Source: UKCP

Q: Does my renewal happen automatically?

A: We will write to you when your membership is due for renewal.

Q: I’ve got the right number of hours I need to be accredited – what should I do next?

A: Get in contact with the programme convenor/administrator for the UKCP accredited course you have completed and they will tell you what to do next.

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