Membership Classes

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Membership of the UKAHPP is open to humanistic practitioners in a wide range of related disciplines and at different stages of their development.

Membership Classes

UKAHPP has the following classes of membership:

Associate members

Associate members may be humanistic practitioners in fields such as medicine, education, management, social work etc who do not require UKAHPP accreditation, or may be engaged in or have had a humanistic training and be working towards Full membership and accreditation as a Psychotherapist, Counsellor etc. Associates agree to subscribe to the UKAHPP codes of ethics and practice, and to meet other requirements. Associate membership is not limited to any maximum period of time. See Associate application form.

Full members

Full members have all undergone a rigorous accreditation procedure relevant to their discipline.  Full members are required to have completed satisfactorily an appropriate training course and then to have practised under suitable post-training supervision for at least two years, or to have reached an equivalent standard by gaining extensive experience as a practitioner. Full members are required to be in ongoing supervision and to maintain a minimum client base. Accreditation lasts for five years after which Full members must show that they continue to meet UKAHPP criteria in order to be re-accredited. Applicants for Full membership / accreditation must first become Associate members. See Criteria for Accreditation.

Applicants who are already registered with the UKCP, or accredited by BACP, or hold the ECP, should email admin@ahpp.org  for details of the streamlined application routes.

Affiliate members

Affiliate members are members of UKAHPP who have been accredited by other organisations, who subscribe to UKAHPP core beliefs and who agree to adhere to the UKAHPP codes of ethics and practice and meet other requirements. Criteria for Affiliate membership

Members Emeritus

Members Emeritus are Full members aged over 60 who are are reducing their practices towards retirement and have client caseloads below that required for Full membership. They are required to have been previously accepted for 5-yearly renewal of accreditation at least twice, and to practice with an appropriate level of supervision and insurance. Some Members Emeritus and Full members may later become fully retired from practice and maintain UKAHPP membership as Retired members.

Senior Practitioners

A new category of accreditation of Senior Practitioner has been drawn up by the MAC and ratified by the Board. This category of Senior Practitioner (SP) has a threefold purpose. It is intended for those members approaching UK retirement age who may be winding down their practice and/or clinical hours, and also those members who, from health or personal reasons that impinge on their professional lives, may have to reduce their practice and workload. It is a category intended to honour this stage where members may be active still in research, teaching or other areas involving Humanistic practice and philosophy, and have accrued considerable experience in this field. Equally it is to acknowledge practitioners who have been Full Accredited or Affiliate members for fifteen years and are therefore entitled to be known as Senior Practitioners through their professional experience.

Honorary Life members

Honorary Life members are members accredited in any of the above classes who have been selected by the membership as having made an outstanding contribution to the practice of humanistic psychology and/or to UKAHPP. They are required to conform in every way to the criteria for their membership class and categories.


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