Membership Categories and Criteria for Memberships
UPCA has a number of categories of membership, members usually join us when they first begin training on a UPCA Accredited Training Programme and become Student members. When students are approved to begin clinical practice or a placement, they upgrade to become Trainee members. Then when they complete the theoretical part of their training, they can apply to become Non-Accredited Clinical Members. Finally, when all of the supervised client hours and other practice elements have been completed and the member has fully qualified and graduated, they apply to become Accredited Clinical Members. Accredited Clinical members can also apply to be registered with UKCP at this point.
Membership Application Forms
Please download the form for the category of membership you wish to apply for.
Open to all non-practising current students of a UPCA accredited programme in psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling.
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.
About Student Membership
This category of membership is open to all current non-practising students of a university-linked, UPCA accredited programme in psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling. It is a requirement of UPCA programme approval, that students studying on UPCA accredited programmes, maintain UPCA student membership throughout their training by renewing annually and thereby agree to abide by the UKCP Code of Ethics and Professional Practice (2019). Student members of UPCA may additionally join UKCP as Student members. Members in this category should use the designation; Student-MUPCA.
About Trainee Membership
This membership category is open to current student members of UPCA who have been approved to begin clinical practice by their accredited UPCA psychotherapeutic counselling or psychotherapy training programme. Trainee members have not yet graduated or met the full requirements of their training programme and are working towards fulfilling the criteria for registration.
This category is available to members for the duration of their training programme to enable completion of the supervised practice element of training, and in preparation to fulfil the necessary criteria for registration as a psychotherapeutic counsellor or a psychotherapist. Members in this category are entitled to apply to UKCP for entry onto the UKCP Trainee directory. Members in this category are entitled to use the designation; Trainee-MUPCA.
As a Trainee member, you must continue to maintain UPCA membership by renewing annually.
About Non-Accredited Clinical Membership
Student or Trainee members of UPCA who have graduated from an accredited UPCA psychotherapeutic counselling or psychotherapy training programme, who have not yet met the full requirements of the programme and training, or fulfilled the necessary criteria for UKCP registration, and who have maintained up to date UPCA membership are required to apply for Non-accredited Clinical
This is available for a maximum period of five years to enable completion of training, and preparation to fulfil necessary criteria for registration as a psychotherapeutic counsellor or a psychotherapist. Members in this category are entitled to use the designation; MUPCA, together with the relevant professional title as granted by the programme from which they have graduated.
As a Non-Accredited Clinical member working towards accreditation or registration, you must continue to maintain UPCA membership by renewing annually.
About Accredited Clinical Membership
This membership category is open to graduates from a UPCA accredited, psychotherapeutic counselling or psychotherapy training programme/course.
Graduates will have completed all requirements of the programme/course and training, and fulfilled the necessary criteria for registration as either a psychotherapeutic counsellor or a psychotherapist.
Consequently, these members are entitled to apply to UKCP for entry onto the relevant sections of the UKCP register. Members in this category are entitled to use the designation; MUPCA (Accred) together with the relevant professional title as granted by the programme/course from which they have graduated.
As an Accredited Clinical member, you must continue to maintain UPCA membership by renewing annually. If UPCA membership lapses, UKCP registration will also be lapsed. It is a condition of membership that all clinical members be audited once every five years, to demonstrate they that have met the UKCP requirement for 250 hours of CPD. The audit also serves the
purpose of meeting the requirements of the UKCP 5-yearly re-accreditation.
About Non-clinical Associate Membership
This membership category is open to any member of a university with an interest in psychotherapy or counselling, to any psychotherapist or counsellor with a commitment to the academic development of the subject. To a retired UPCA member who is no longer in clinical practice.
How to Pay your Membership Fees
When you complete your application for membership of UPCA you will be given details of how to pay your fees directly by BACs transfer. In very exceptional circumstances we will accept payment by cheque, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to pay by cheque.
Guidelines for completing the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) section of the form
The fundamental intention underpinning all CPD activity is protection of the public through maintenance and improvement of professional standards. UPCA Accredited university and university-linked courses provide a wide range of CPD for graduates.
Members CPD is monitored annually at renewal, to ensure that professional standards are maintained and terms and conditions are met of UPCA membership.
UPCA Clinical members are therefore required 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.
All UPCA clinical members are required to undertake a minimum of 50 hours of CPD activity per year, this is in line with current UKCP requirements of a minimum 250 hours over 5 years, to meet the requirements of the CPD Audit
and 5-yearly re-accreditation.
Please keep a record of the following in your portfolio to assist you with the completion of your annual renewal and CPD declaration and for when you are selected for CPD Audit and 5-yearly re-accreditation.
- Client Contact Hours each week (normally a recommended minimum of 4 client contact hours per week for the first five years of practice)
- Number and frequency of Supervision Hours per month (Post accreditation the minimum requirement is 1.5 hours per month supervision. Prior to accreditation the 1:6 ratio remains)
- Personal Therapy (continued personal therapy is recommended in the first years of clinical practice)
- 50 Hours CPD Activity (50 hours are a minimum guideline not including client work hours).
Please note: UPCA does not differentiate between online or in-person supervision
Items that could be included as part of the CPD activity are:
- Core training meetings, workshops and seminars
- Meetings, workshops and seminars providing development across other models
- Experiences outside the consulting room that have resulted in new ways of thinking about and engaging in clinical work
- Complementary professional activities, research, writing, reading and spiritual practice
- Clinical Supervision related to practice.
Please note: UPCA does not differentiate between online or in-person supervision
Please also note:
CPD Evidence (e.g. certificates; minutes etc.) – copies are not required as part of the annual renewal process however please retain originals in your CPD portfolio as you will be requested to submit this documentation during the CPD audit process for your 5-yearly re-accreditation assessment by the UPCA audit committee.
It is a condition of membership that all Clinical members be audited once every five years, to demonstrate they that have met the UKCP requirement for 250 hours of CPD. The audit serves the purpose of meeting the requirements of the UKCP 5-yearly re-accreditation. The audit is conducted in the Spring of each year. If you have been selected for audit you will be sent an audit notice with details of the additional CPD information and evidence required.
A 500-word Reflective Practice Statement
All Clinical members of UPCA are required to complete a 500-word Reflective Practice Statement, or reflection on their practice over the last year. This reflection should involve reflecting on your own process in response to your CPD, Self-Care and Supervision and should describe in light of this reflection, how you feel you and your practice have developed. This reflection should be discussed with your supervisor or another clinical peer.
Annual Renewal of Membership Guidelines
The UPCA membership year runs broadly in accordance with the academic year and starts on the 1st September every year and expires on 31st August the following year. To help you to keep your membership up to date we will send all members a Renewal Notice by email around the end of July each year along with a link to download a renewal form. The renewal form also
contains a CPD section, (CPD declarations should include activities
for the previous 12 months).
You will need to complete all parts of the form and return it to us. The renewal form also contains details of how to pay your annual fee. Please contact us if you have any difficulty downloading the renewal form.
Please remember to notify us if your email address or contact details change.