In accordance with UKCP, Continuing Professional Development is an ethical obligation for all psychotherapists and counsellors. ECPT have a CPD framework and monitoring system to ensure the maintenance and improvement of professional standards.

The protection of the public is held as paramount and psychotherapists must now provide evidence of annual CPD activities to evidence “Good Practice” in maintaining their ability to perform their professional duties competently. This is in line with UKCP requirements and is reviewed every 5 years.

The Ellesmere Centre for Psychotherapy and Training (ECPT) requires its members, who are practising psychotherapists or trainers, to maintain a comprehensive record of their CPD activities. Whilst recognising that CPD is often dynamic and evolving, ECPT provides the following guidelines and recommendations:

(a)       Wherever possible CPD activities and records should demonstrate a maintenance and improvement in standards of practice.

(b)       CPD is to demonstrate active reflection on practice that allows the individual to specify which has been learned or reconfirmed.

(c)       CPD is very broadly defined and can include any of the following: teaching, research, webinars, conferences, personal therapy, supervision, post qualification training and relevant work, placement or secondment experiences outside of ECPT.

            The list is not exhaustive.

  1. d) Registrants should be able to evidence how their CPD informs their practice with the client groups they work with.

Supervision

In line with the qualified practitioner’s regulatory body supervision is the practitioner’s responsibility to adhere and provide evidence for the minimum requirements as suggested. For more information please refer to the UKATA/UKCP Supervision Guidelines.

Training

Psychotherapists are expected to attend two full days of training each year. They must be able to demonstrate the relevance of the training event to their professional practice.

ECPT is a learning environment and committed to the continuing learning and development of all therapists and counsellors delivering a therapeutic service at the centre and all associated therapists in supervision through ECPT. We provide an ongoing programme of Continuing Professional Development which is reviewed and updated on an annual basis. The CPD training programme is relevant to the needs and requirements of associate therapists.  We will ensure that where possible specialised training will be available in-house. If this is not the case ECPT will contract in the relevant specialised training skills i.e. child psychotherapy, safeguarding, mental health etc when necessary.

All trainees, therapists and associates are required to take responsibility for their ongoing training and professional development. 

Evidence

ECPT will request evidence of CPD activities on their annual membership renewal but can request this information from members at any time. Forms for recording your CPD activities can be obtained from the administrator.

In line with UKCP policy members must inform ECPT and the UKCP if they have a longer break than 3 months from their clinical practice. Currently the minimum CPD requirements are 20 hours per annum.

This policy is regularly reviewed every 18 months and updated a minimum of every 36 months as necessary.                                                                                                 

Re-accreditation

This will take place every 5 years and has minimum requirements including:

  • A Peer review meeting prior to submission of paperwork for re-accreditation. One member of this group should not be familiar with the individuals work. A total of three members should be present.
  • Clinical practice and a reflective account shared alongside a statement from the current supervisor
  • CPD includes 250 hours over the five years must be demonstrated
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance must be current
  • Professional Will arrangements in the event of long term or permanent absence                                                                                           

Policy currently under Review