If you have a question around joining UPCA please take a look at our most frequently asked questions. If the question you need answering isn’t below, please send an email with your query to contactupca@gmail.com

How much does membership cost?

Student Membership = £21 per year

Clinical Membership = £75 per year

Trainee membership = £45 per year

How do I pay for my membership?

Membership fees must be paid by online bank transfer. In exceptional circumstances we can accept payment by cheque but you must clarify this with the administrator first.

Do renewals happen automatically?

UPCA Membership runs from 1st September – 31st August each year. You will receive a renewal reminder by email in July and you must renew your membership before the 31st August.

What should I do if I have let my membership lapse and want to re-join and backdate my membership?

If you have been in membership of UPCA previously and need to re-join and backdate your membership (and also UKCP Registration) please contact us with details of when you were last a member. There is a re-joining fee of £46.20 plus fees for missed years.

What are the benefits of being a member of UPCA?

Successful completion UPCA Approved Courses lead to registration with UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) it is therefore a requirement of such courses, that students become members of UPCA and remain in membership for the duration of their training. UPCA therefore provides:

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

How long will it take to process my application?

Once we have received your application, it can take up to 28 days to process from the date we receive your completed application form.

What is the relationship between UPCA and UKCP?

UKCP has many organisational members which are grouped into colleges according to areas of interest. UPCA is the accrediting body for one of these organisational members, that it, the Universities Training College (UTC). Colleges are responsible for vetting and accepting members and holding them in membership for the duration of their training.

Once all elements of training have been successfully completed, members can apply to become Accredited members of UPCA, at that point you can also apply to UKCP for registration.

Once you join the UKCP register, you must also stay in membership of UPCA. All UKCP registrants are required to belong to a college/organisational member of UKCP.

For more information on UKCP colleges VISIT: https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/about-ukcp/how-we-are-structured/ukcp-colleges

What is the difference between registration as a psychotherapeutic counsellor and a psychotherapist?

Psychotherapeutic counsellors are counsellors who have trained to a UKCP recognised standard (normally graduate level or equivalent). In psychotherapeutic counselling, the emphasis is on the in-depth therapeutic relationship jointly created by the therapist and client.

Psychotherapists 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 psychotherapy approaches.

For more in depth information about the differences in the training of psychotherapeutic counsellors and psychotherapists see the: UKCP standards of education and training

Do I need to be a member of UPCA if I am a member of UKCP?

UKCP encourages members to remain with their organisational member or college because of the peer support and guidance they can offer, especially in relation to ethical questions. However, there is no requirement for full clinical members to stay with their organisation after their first year of UKCP membership.

How do I apply to become a member of UPCA?

Please visit our Membership Categories page for more information on how to apply.

I’ve got the right number of hours I need to become accredited, what do I do next?

Complete an application form for UPCA Accredited Clinical Membership, ask your university to validate PART E of the form and provide us with evidence of your qualification. Make the payment (details how to pay are in the form) and send the completed form with all documents requested to contactupca@gmail.com

Once your accredited membership has been confirmed we will send you a certificate and you can then apply to UKCP to be placed on the national register.

What help is available for members wishing to join who experience neurodiversity issues?

While there’s no single agreed definition of what neurodiversity is, it does help as an umbrella term to identify specific needs of therapists and clients. UPCA wants to encourage its members and so if there are specific issues we can support you with related to membership, audit or accreditation please contact Helen Fisher the administrator. With a more detailed knowledge of your specific needs, we could then tailor-make a more enabling process.

Am I able to train to practice as an online therapist only?

UPCA /UKCP do not approve online only training. UPCA policy is that courses are taught in-person, although some training institutions may deliver up to a maximum of 50% training online .

Likewise, client practice in training is also usually in-person although some institutions again may allow a percentage of online practice.