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

How much does membership cost?

Student Membership = £21 per year

Trainee Membership = £45 per year

Clinical Membership = £75 per year

Associate Membership =£21 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.

Can I take a break from my UPCA Membership?

If you are going to take a Break in Practice you must inform UPCA and complete a Break in Practice form.

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

What is the relationship between UPCA & UKCP?

UPCA is an organisational member (OM) and accrediting body of University Training Colleges (UTC). UTC is one of 10 UKCP Colleges, all UKCP members have to belong to a college. The purpose of UPCA is to provide a route to UKCP membership, an ethical framework for trainee therapist’s work and to offer a community of peers.

Who can apply for student membership?

This category of membership is open to all current students and trainees of a university-linked, UPCA approved programmes in psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling. It is a requirement of UPCA programme approval, that students studying on a UPCA accredited programme, maintain UPCA student membership for the duration of their training and thereby agree to abide by the UKCP Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.

Who can apply for trainee membership of UPCA?

This membership category is open to current student members of UPCA who have been approved to begin clinical practice by their accredited UPCA counselling/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.

Who can apply for clinical membership?

There are 2 categories of clinical members;

Accredited Clinical Members are graduates who have fully completed all the taught and practice elements of an UPCA approved university training programme in either psychotherapy which is set at a minimum of Masters or Doctoral level, or psychotherapeutic counselling which is set at a minimum of undergraduate level.

Non-Accredited Clinical Members have graduated the taught part of their training programme but have not yet completed all the practice elements of their training. Non-Accredited Clinical Members can normally remain in this category of membership for up to 5 years whilst they accumulate the required supervised client hours.

Do I have to maintain CPD after I am trained?

UPCA requires its clinical members for the protection of the public and as part of being professionally accountable to demonstrate that professional development has been maintained and that clinical practice is up-to- date. An annual renewal reminder and form for recording a minimum of 50 hours CPD annually will be sent out to members each year.

How do I record my CPD?

Clinical members are required to submit evidence that they have maintained a minimum of 50 hours of CPD per annum. This information is also required for a 5-yearly re-accreditation audit. Please download our CPD Resource to help you keep track of your CPD.

Who has to complete the 5-yearly re-accreditation?

Accredited clinical members have to undertake an re-accreditation audit every 5-years, and are required to submit detailed evidence of CPD and supervision. Your supervisor(s) will also be asked to provide a report. 20% of clinical members are selected at random every year for this audit.

What help is available for members wishing to join or renew 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.