This document sets out the ECPT Affiliated Membership Policy including requirements for membership and membership renewals.  It contains information for trainees, graduates and practitioners in respect of membership throughout training and qualification, including core training (Ellesmere Diplomas), working towards further qualification (CTA status or Accreditation with UKCP) and re-accreditation of UKCP membership. 

Membership Levels

ECPT have different levels of membership depending on where our members are in their training or career. (Please see overview of membership levels and costs at the end of this document).  The ECPT membership year runs from 1st October to 30th September each year. It is each member’s individual responsibility to renew their membership annually and pay fees on time. Members are also responsible for informing the ECPT administration team of any changes in personal details.

Level 1 – In Training Membership

Current Trainees yr1, yr2, yr3 and yr4

All members at this level will be in training towards ECPT Foundation Certificate or ECPT Diplomas in Psychotherapeutic Counselling or Psychotherapy. Membership includes all support and administration to complete all training requirements including marking of all assignments, pastoral support etc.  Also 2 hour seminars (which some elements may be used towards Mental Health Familiarisation Placement if required).

Also access to the Members’ area of the ECPT website which includes information, policies and resources. Members will remain at this level of membership until such a time as they complete core training and gain qualification (unless taking time out of training).   

Level 2 – Accruing Hours Membership

Graduates of training who are accruing clinical hours prior to qualification.

This level of membership is for graduates of core training who have completed all requirements for qualification except the number of practice hours required. Members are not in formal training but will be completing placement hours to the required number.  ECPT feel it is important for our graduates to maintain a membership with us in order that we can provide support and containment for our graduates whilst building up hours.  Membership includes discounted room rates, references and access to the Members’ area of the website.

Level 3 – Holding Membership

Trainees who have completed training but with outstanding work. Trainees who have taken time out of training.

This level of membership is for trainees who have not completed all work required to gain qualification or have chosen to take time out of training for health reasons, sabbaticals or changes in personal/professional circumstances.  Whilst out of training it is expected that trainees will complete outstanding work required (unless a trainee has chosen to take time out of training for another reason).

Time Limited

ECPT will allow trainees at this level of membership up to two years out of training to complete work for qualification.  After two years if trainees wish to return to training, each trainee will be reviewed on an individual basis regarding what is needed ie APL, extra pieces of written work or a requirement for extra training. This would be in addition to meeting the criteria for Accreditation should the trainee wish to work towards this.  A senior trainer would meet with the trainee to discuss this and set out clear expectations along with time frames.

Cost for marking essays

For trainees taking time out of training, the cost of marking outstanding essays will be £30 per essay (this is extra to membership fee).

Membership includes 2 supervisions with senior trainer (including return to training interview if applies), admin support and references.  It also includes discounted room rates and access to the Members’ area of the website.

Level 4 – Accreditation Membership

Graduates working towards accreditation as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor or Psychotherapist.

This level of membership is for graduates who wish to work towards accreditation with UKCP.  This includes graduates of ECPT who have achieved ECPT Diplomas in Psychotherapeutic Counselling or Psychotherapy or graduates from other training establishments who wish to gain accreditation through the Ellesmere Centre.

Membership includes 2 supervisions with senior trainer and references.  Also full admin support through accreditation process. Also discounted room rates and access to Members’ area of the ECPT website.

(Please see ECPT Accreditation handbook for full details of requirements and procedures for gaining accreditation).

Level 5 – Re-accreditation and CPD Membership

Accredited practitioners

This level of membership is for practitioners who are already accredited and wish to maintain registration with UKCP.

Membership includes annual CPD review including admin support.  Also admin support with five year reaccreditation process.  Also discounted room rates, references and access to Members’ area of website.

(Please see ECPT Re-accreditation Handbook for full details for requirements and procedures for re-accreditation).

Professional Membership

All current trainees are required to be a member of UKATA whilst in training.

Please note the following information from UKATA: Should a student wish to take time out from training they would be required to retain their membership of UKATA if they wished to count any hours of psychotherapy/counselling practice they may accumulate during that time to count toward any eventual UKATA or EATA examination.  If a student should choose not to remain a member of UKATA during any such break they will not be able to count any training, supervision and clinical hours accrued during that time towards any UKATA or EATA qualification (UKATA membership is separate from Ellesmere Membership).

All graduates wishing to work towards CTA status are required to a member of UKATA to be able to count clinical hours.

Once trainees have graduated from ECPT Diplomas they have the option to continue with UKATA membership or become a member of another professional body eg BACP/UKCP etc (please see relevant websites for requirements and procedure).

Graduates working towards accreditation with UKCP are required to be a member of UKCP or another professional body.

Accredited members are required to be a member of UKCP.

Renewal of membership

ECPT membership will be billed monthly via card payments made through the website. Members will be contacted by email towards the end of each membership year regarding renewal of their membership.  It is the member’s responsibility to ensure they are at the correct level of membership for their requirements and also to inform of any changes to personal information held. 

Cancellation of membership

Members should confirm in writing that they no longer wish to be an affiliated member.  This should be forwarded to the Accreditation & Membership Committee or the ECPT Admin team.

Extra costs not included in membership

There may be situations or occasions where a trainee, graduate or practitioner requires extra support or services which are not included within their membership.  On these occasions the member will be responsible for any extra costs incurred.

Please note this policy and membership fees are separate from Professional Body membership fees and costs incurred during accreditation or re-accreditation processes.

This membership scheme is voluntary.  However should a past or current trainee, graduate or practitioner associated with ECPT  wish to return for further training, to work towards accreditation or request a service, they would be expected to pay for this service or support and it may be more cost effective to become a member.

Last Reviewed: Nov 19