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Introduction

1 Decide which class of membership you want to apply for - Associate, Full or Affiliate.

2 Before applying for any class of membership please see the UKAHPP ethical codes and procedures on this website, and in the UKAHPP Handbook.

3 If you want to be an Associate or Affiliate member skip to the section below.


Applying for Full Membership

Before applying for Full membership / accreditation, you must first become an Associate member working towards accreditation. Full membership requires UKAHPP accreditation in one or more membership category. If you want to be a Full member you need to decide which category you want to apply for (e.g. psychotherapist, counsellor etc) and whether you meet the criteria for that category.

Full membership / accreditation in the categories of Psychotherapist and Counsellor leads to inclusion in the national register of the UK Council for Psychotherapy for which UKCP charges a registration fee.

Full membership/accreditation in the category of Counsellor leads to inclusion in the UK Register of Counsellors (for which there is an additional fee payable to UKRC).

It is a requirement that potential applicants for Full membership first become Associate members working towards accreditation, so that procedural advice is provided, and additional support can be made available if desired by the applicant.

Full membership fees in 2011 are £200. This is increased by £15 for those Psychotherapists and Counsellors who choose to be registered with UKCP. For those applicants accepted after 1 August the annual fee is reduced by a half for that year. Fees are reviewed on an annual basis. The UKAHPP membership year runs from 1st January to December 31st.

Applicants who are already registered with the UKCP should email admin.ahpp@btinternet.com for details of the streamlined application route.


Child Psychotherapy

UKAHPP does not offer accreditation as Child Psychotherapist, and all caseloads noted in the accreditation criteria refer to adult caseloads, with the following exception. Where an applicant has a mixed child/adult caseload, only the adult caseload may be used as a basis for an application for UKAHPP accreditation.

Counselling Young People

UKAHPP offers accreditation as a counsellor where the applicant's caseload is of young people seen in an institutional setting such as a school and specific conditions are met. See Counsellor accreditation criteria.


Applying for Associate or Affiliate Membership

Associate membership is a non-accrediting form of membership for humanistic practitioners in fields such as medicine, education, management, social work, as well as in therapeutic practice, who do not require UKAHPP accreditation, and for trainees or practitioners who wish to work towards Full membership and accreditation as a Psychotherapist, Counsellor etc. Associate membership is not limited to any maximum period of time. There are no application forms, and there is no application fee. The annual fee for Associate membership in 2011 ranges from £60 to £90. If your application is accepted after 1 August, half the annual fee is payable for that year. Fees are reviewed on an annual basis. The UKAHPP membership year runs from 1st January to December 31st.

It is a requirement that potential applicants for Full membership first become Associate members working towards accreditation, so that advice and support can be provided. For the benefits of Associate membership and how to apply, see
Associate membership

Affiliate membership is for practitioners who are full accredited members of other humanistic accrediting organisations (which belong to the UKCP in the case of psychotherapists), provided that this accreditation is reviewed periodically, and who meet other criteria. The annual membership fee is £89. If your application is accepted after 1st August, half the annual fee is payable for that year. Fees are reviewed on an annual basis. The UKAHPP membership year runs from 1st January to December 31st.
See Affiliate membership


For ALL forms of UKAHPP membership

To be granted UKAHPP membership:

  • applicants agree to adhere to the UKAHPP ethical codes and procedures

  • professional liability insurance must be held unless, as may be the case with Associate members in training, a member has no client caseload.

  • UKAHPP may contact applicants’ training and previous accrediting organisations, and reserves the right to refuse membership / accreditation.

  • There is an additional, general requirement applicable to all applications in any class or category of membership, that in the judgment of the Membership Committee there is a good fit between the applicant (as evidenced from the application material, including case study and interview) and the humanistic ethos of UKAHPP, such that UKAHPP is agreed by the Membership Committee to be an appropriate professional membership organization, or "home", for the applicant.

Annual Membership Fees
A full list of current annual membership fees for all classes of membership can be found by clicking here.

Application Deadlines

  • Associate applications may be received at any time.
  • Full membership / accreditation applications are dealt with in stages - the timing of which is given in the application forms.
  • Affiliate applications must be received at least 3 weeks before a Membership Committee meeting.

The UKAHPP Membership Committee meets approximately every 4 months. The next meetings of the Membership Committee are on:

  • 28 January 2011
  • 24 June 2011
  • 21 October 2011