Purpose

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, gaining accreditation with UKCP and re-accreditation with UKCP. 

ECPT 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 runs annually.  To become a member, visit our website, click on the members tab, membership account and register. You will be required to make an online/card payment (if applicable).  Once your membership has been authorised you will be able to access the member’s area of the website and be entitled to the benefits listed for your level of membership. Members will receive a reminder annually when payment is due (if applicable).  Membership will continue to roll on until cancelled. 

It is each member’s individual responsibility to ensure they have the correct level of membership and that they access the benefits available to them within the membership year.

Level 1 – In Training Membership

Current Trainees

All of our trainees are required to become members at this level throughout core training. Membership includes all support and administration to complete all training requirements including marking of all assignments, pastoral support etc.  Also 2 hour seminars (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. Use of library and access to Taylor & Francis Online (Journals) and The British Journal of Psychotherapy.  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

Trainees/Graduates who have completed training who are accruing hours prior to qualification/accreditation

This level of membership is for trainees who have completed core training and all requirements for qualification except the number of practice/therapy hours required. Members are not in formal training but will be completing placement or personal therapy hours to the required number.  It is also for graduates wanting to gain accreditation but needing to build up hours to fulfil the requirements for accreditation. ECPT feel it is important for our trainees/graduates to maintain a membership with us in order that we can provide support and containment whilst building up hours.  Membership includes discounted room rates, references and access to the Members’ area of the website. Use of library and access to Taylor & Francis Online (Journals) and The British Journal of Psychotherapy.

Level 3 – Holding Membership

Trainees who have completed core training hours 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 £40 per essay (this is extra to membership fee).

Membership includes 1 supervision with senior trainer (return to training interview), admin support and references.  It also includes discounted room rates, access to the Members’ area of the website, use of library and access to Taylor & Francis Online (Journals) and The British Journal of Psychotherapy. 

Level 4 – Accreditation Membership

Graduates going through the accreditation process

This level of membership is for graduates who wish to gain 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.

Membership includes 1 supervision with senior trainer and references. Also discounted room rates and access to Members’ area of the ECPT website. Use of library and access to Taylor & Francis Online (Journals) and The British Journal of Psychotherapy. 

Should graduates wish to join an accreditation study group this would be separate from membership and will incur a separate cost.

ECPT recommend that graduates going for accreditation consider joining an accreditation study group to support them throughout the process.

(Please see ECPT Accreditation handbook for full details of requirements and procedures for gaining accreditation and how to access extra support).

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. Use of library and access to Taylor & Francis Online (Journals) and The British Journal of Psychotherapy.

(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 ECPT (Organisational Member of UKCP) whilst in training.  It is also an option to join UKCP independently (although this is not mandatory – it does offer extra benefits – please see UKCP website for further details).

Graduates working towards accreditation with UKCP must be a member of ECPT.  UKCP offer membership for people in training and then fully accredited practitioners but there is no membership category for graduates who do not fall into these categories.  Once accredited, practitioners can join UKCP as a full clinical member.

Any trainee or graduate wishing to work towards CTA status are required to be a member of UKATA to be able to count hours.  This would be independently and not through ECPT – please see UKATA website for further information.

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.

Accredited members are required to be a member of UKCP and have the option to join ECPT at Level 5.

Renewal of membership

ECPT membership will be renewed annually.  Members will be reminded when their membership is due to run out and will be required to make an online payment (if applicable) to renew.  It is each 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 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.

Should a past or current trainee, graduate or practitioner associated with ECPT but not a member wish to return for further training 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: Dec 21