Membership Application Forms

Please download the form for the category of membership you wish to apply for.

To renew your membership, please scroll down to the renewal forms at the bottom of the page.

 

Student Membership

Open to all non-practising current students of a UPCA accredited programme in psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling

Trainee Membership

Open to all current students from a UPCA accredited programme in psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling, who have been approved by their training programme to begin clinical practice.

Non-Accredited Clinical Membership

Open to graduates from an accredited UPCA psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic training programme, who have not yet met the full requirements of the programme and training, or fulfilled the necessary criteria for registration.

Accredited Clinical Membership

Open to graduates from a UPCA accredited, psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling training programmes. Graduates will have completed all requirements of the programme and training, and fulfilled the necessary criteria for registration.

Non-Clinical Associate Membership

This membership category is open to any non-practising member of a university with an interest in psychotherapy or counselling. This category is also open to retired UPCA members who are no longer in clinical practice.

CPD and Annual Renewal of Membership

The purpose of CPD

The fundamental intention for undertaking CPD activity is protection of the public through maintenance and improvement of professional standards. Accreditation of university and university-linked courses includes the provision of continuing professional development for graduates.

UPCA registered practitioners are required as a condition of membership to keep a portfolio of their CPD activities (with certificates of attendance where possible) demonstrating that clinical professional development has been maintained and that clinical practice is up-to-date.

As part of the annual membership renewal process a CPD declaration needs to be completed and signed confirming:

  • Client Contact Hours each week (a recommended minimum of 4 client contact hours per week for the first five years of practice)
  • Number and frequency of Supervision Hours (consistently for the first five years)
  • Personal Therapy (continued personal therapy is recommended in the first years of clinical practice)
  • 50 Hours CPD Activity (50 hours is a minimum guideline not including practice hours i.e., client contact hours).

Items that could be included as part of the CPD activity are:

  • Core training meetings, workshops/seminars; workshops/seminars providing development across other models
  • Experiences outside the consulting room that contribute to new ways of thinking about/engaging in clinical work
  • Complementary professional activities, research, writing, reading and spiritual practice
  • Clinical supervision.

Evidence of CPD

UKCP Universities Training College (UTC) requires its members (UPCA is a member) to undertake a minimum of 50 hours of CPD activities per year (in line with current UKCP requirements of a minimum 250 hours over 5 years).

Evidence of CPD such as copies of qualification certificates; certificates of attendance, book references, minutes of exam boards results are not required as part of the annual renewal process.

However, please retain original documents in your CPD portfolio, as you may be requested to submit this documentation if selected for a random annual CPD Audit.

Renewal Forms

Student Membership Renewal

Open to all non-practising current students of a UPCA accredited programme in psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling

Trainee Membership Renewal

Open to all current students from a UPCA accredited programme in psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling, who have been approved by their training programme to begin clinical practice.

Non-Accredited Clinical Membership Renewal

Open to graduates from an accredited UPCA psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic training programme, who have not yet met the full requirements of the programme and training, or fulfilled the necessary criteria for registration.

Accredited Clinical Membership Renewal

Open to graduates from a UPCA accredited, psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling training programmes. Graduates will have completed all requirements of the programme and training, and fulfilled the necessary criteria for registration.

Non-Clinical Associate Membership Renewal

This membership category is open to any non-practising member of a university with an interest in psychotherapy or counselling. This category is also open to retired UPCA members who are no longer in clinical practice.

Break in Practice

If you are having difficulty in meeting your CPD target or need a break you’re your clinical practice due to ill-health or for other reasons, there is a procedure to support you through this period.

UPCA takes the view that the situation of each individual will be different and that the needs of those requiring a break in practice will be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, mechanisms need to be in place that ensure that UPCA have adequate information and records as part of their responsibility to patients and the individual practitioner.

The procedures for breaks in practice are as follows:

1. Notification of a break in practice
  • Members are required to notify UPCA of any interruption, of over 3 months, from their practice.
  • Depending on circumstances this may need to be done prospectively or retrospectively. A form is available for recording this intention along with any mitigating circumstance.
  • Members will also need to complete a summary of their CPD plans while on a break from practice as part of the above form. However, UPCA also recognises that some situations may mean it is not possible to undertake such CPD and again the member needs to inform UPCA of this.
Break in practice

Please download the Break in Practice Form and return it to us

Maintaining membership during a Break in Practice

During a Break from Practice members are required to maintain their membership status and pay their annual membership fees.

Reminder to renew membership

You will be sent a reminder to renew your membership of UPCA every July/August for the coming membership year. The UPCA membership year starts every 1st September until 31st August (CPD declarations should include activities for the previous 12 months).

Please note: If you have lapsed membership previously and need to backdate your renewal, please contact us.

Notification of return to practice

  • When the member intends to return to practice, they will also be required to complete a summary of their CPD plan for that year of practice. A form is available for this.
  • Where there has been a break from practice for a period of up to 18 months, and where appropriate CPD has not been possible, members would normally be required to provide evidence of structured / verifiable CPD or alternative / equivalent retraining, undertaken over a period of 6-12 months.
  • Where there has been a break from practice of more than 18 months members would normally be required to provide evidence of structured / verifiable CPD or alternative / equivalent retraining, undertaken over a period of 12-18 months.
Return to Practice

Please download the Return to Practice Form and return it to us

Breaks in training

When a student member takes an approved interruption from training and a concurrent break from supervised practice, this may be deemed as a break in training.

The student will not be liable for membership fees provided the programme leader informs UPCA that the student is not training and is not in supervised practice.

Please ask your programme leader to contact us in these circumstances to temporarily suspend your membership.

Annual CPD Audit

UPCA are required by UTC/UKCP to carry out a yearly audit of members CPD and currently this is set at 20% of clinical members. Selection for audit is carried out on a random basis. If you are selected for audit, you will be contacted and will receive an additional set of papers for completion. The audit seeks to confirm the details of the CPD submitted at your last membership renewal. A copy of your renewal form can be provided. Based on the information from your renewal you will be asked to provide:

  • Written confirmation of supervision arrangements by your supervisor(s)
  • Confirmation of indemnity insurance
  • Summary of relevance and evidence of CPD activity
  • Supporting documentation (Scanned copies or photos of Certificates of attendance or Qualifications attained, References for articles or books, Links to Online resources).

You are required under the terms of UPCA membership to comply with a request for audit. Failure to submit audit documentation may result in your membership being lapsed, which will also have implications for UKCP Registration.

Audit outcomes

The majority of UPCA members readily fulfil the annual CPD requirements and meet the requirements of audit.

The possible outcomes of audit are as follows:

  1. Approved – all audit requirements are clearly met.
  2. Request for further information – where the auditor believes that the documents provided are insufficient to conclude the audit.
  3. Referral – by the auditor, for further review or action; this will occur where the auditor identifies a specific issue that would indicate that criteria for registration have not been met or another problem identified.
  4. Failure – where it is clear that an audit submission indicates that a member does not meet UPCA/UKCP registration requirements, the Auditor will notify Council who may then either:
  • Suspend the individual’s registration pending specified action by the member to address concerns – a time period for the suspension will be specified along with details of what action is required on the member’s part and time limit;
  • Remove the individual’s registration and require the completion of a full re-registration / re-accreditation process;
  • Impose Conditions of Practice for a specified period.