Membership Requirements

If your application to join UKCP has been accepted and you wish to join the HIPC College, you will need to check your organisation against the HIPC membership criteria so as to prepare your organisation for an assessment review by HIPC Assessment Board.

Brief Checklist of Entry Requirements

For a fuller list see the “HIPC Training Standards Document“

1. Entry Requirements
  • Post-graduate masters level or its equivalent
2. Length of Training Requirements
  • 4 years part time or equivalent
  • 900 tutor contact (training + supervision)
  • 450 hours clinical practice
  • supervision at a ratio of 6 clinical hours to one hour of supervision
  • personal therapy 40 hours per year for four years normally with a UKCP registered Psychotherapist

3. Curriculum Content
  • A model of the person and the human mind
  • A model of human development
  • Engagement with existing literature which includes a critique of the core model
  • Exploration of the philosophical foundations of the approach being studied
  • An introduction to the range of psychotheraplies and counselling 
  • A model of human change and ways in which change can be facilitated
  •  Basic research techniques
  • Experience in both long and short-term modalities
  • Familiarisation with concepts of serious mental illness
  • Familiarisation with ethical and legal issues in relation to psychotherapy
4. Written Work
• One substantial piece of written work of at least 8,000 words 
• Six shorter pieces in any media
5. Assessment
  • Publish full curriculum and assessment procedures
  • Identify learning outcomes with transparent criteria
  • Provide continuous assessment with feedback
  • Provide evidence of both cross-marking and double-marking
6. Mental Health Placement
7. Staff-Student Liaisonu
  • Appoint an External moderator
  • Appoint an External Examiner
  • Appoint an Exam board
  • Ensure candidate representation
  • Provide a Trainees handbook
8. Dual Relationships Policy
HIPC College proscribes the following relationships:
  • Trainer/therapist
  • Trainer/ Final Examiner
  • Therapist/Supervisor
  • Therapist/Examiner
9. The following Codes of Practice and Ethics should be in place
  • Ethics & Practice for Psychotherapists
  • Practice for Supervisors
  • Practice for Training orgs, trainers & trainees
  • Complaints procedures
  • Grievance procedures
  • Disciplinary procedures
  • Appeals procedure for decision-making about training
10. Equal Opportunities Policy
11. Continuing Professional Development Policy

Application Procedure

Our advice is for new organisations to start the process of joining the HIP College before or at least alongside the application to the Membership Committee of UKCP. The whole process can take up to one year or more.


1.1 Application to HIPC Assessment Board 
The Applicant Organisation contacts the Chair of the HIPC Assessment Board indicating that it wishes to consider joining the section. This is best done by e-mail.
1.2 The Chair of the HIPC Assessment Board acknowledges the application and appoints a Lead Assessor.
The process involves two assessors, the first of whom is the Lead Assessor who manages the process, and who will therefore be the contact person for the applicant organisation. The Lead Assessor takes the assessment process right through to the final stage of writing the final report.
1.3 Payment of Fees
The College Treasurer will be informed and an application fee of £500 becomes due for payment.
1.4 Information Pack
The Lead Assessor then writes to the Applicant Organisation sending an Information Pack with the following documents:
1. Criteria for Assessment Checklist
2. HIPC Training Standards Document
3. Mental Health Familiarisation Document
4. CPD Requirements
5. Dual Relationships document
6. External Moderator document
7. Guidelines for Assessment Visit
If at this stage it becomes clear to you that your Applicant Organisation does not yet meet significant components of the requirements as summarised in the “Criteria for Assessment Checklist” then you are advised to consult with your external moderator to help you meet the gaps in this process.
1.5 Questionnaire 
If the Applicant Organisation feels that it meets the criteria as set out in Document 1, “The Criteria for Assessment Checklist”, then the Lead Assessor will then send a copy of the “Questionnaire for Membership” (this is the application document).
1.6 Filling in the Questionnaire
The Applicant Organisation fills in three sets of the Questionnaire and supplies three copies of all the supporting documents (as listed at the end of the Questionnaire) to the three assessors. 
There is normally a nine to twelve months time lag between receipt of a completed application and the final decision.
1.7 Reading the Questionnaire
The Lead Assessor reads the documentation and if satisfied that the main criteria are now likely to be met, proceeds to the next stage. If the Lead Assessor after discussion with the Assessment Board decides not to proceed, they may make recommendations as to what further work needs to be done.
1.8 Setting the date for the Assessor Visit and invitation to attend a meeting of HIPC
A date for the visit is then arranged. At this stage the Applicant Organisation will be invited by the Lead Assessor to send up to two visitors from their organisation to attend a regular HIPC meeting.
1.9 Second Payment
The College Treasurer will be informed and a second fee of £500 becomes due for payment. 

Stage 2: the visit

The Visit normally takes place over one day on the teaching premises of Applicant Organisation. The Lead Assessor is accompanied by The Second Assessor and a Quality Assurance Assessor from UKCP. During the day they meet both staff and students, see examples of students’ written work and observe a teaching session.  

Stage 3: post visit

3.1 Report Writing
The assessors write a draft report which is sent to the Assessment Board for comments. The final report is normally completed within eight weeks of the visit and copies are sent to the UKCP Quality Assurance Officer at UKCP, and the Chair of HIPC for consultation. If the recommendation of the Final Report is acceptance, the process moves to the next stage.
3.2 Proposal to HIPC
Membership of the HIPC will be proposed at the next College meeting. The Lead Assessor prepares a summary of the assessment report for this meeting, and delegates from the Applicant Organisation will be invited to respond to questions from members of the College. If accepted at this stage the UKCP Membership Committee will be informed by the Chair of HIPC. Membership will then go forward to UKCP for final approval.
3.3 Acceptance and Agreement
Once accepted as a member of the HIPC, all members are then expected to
1. participate on committees and contribute towards the development of the profession.
2. take part in a Quinquennial Review
3. pay an annual membership fee for the HIPC and an annual fee for membership of UKCP.
3.4 Follow-up of Recommendations
Any recommendations of work to be fulfilled within a time scale in the report will normally be followed up the Lead Assessor or the Assessment Board.
3.5 In Case of Non-Acceptance
In the case of a decision not to accept an Applicant Organisation, the Lead Assessor will write to the Applicant Organisation giving reasons and explanations as appropriate, and indications of a possible course of action for resubmission if appropriate.
September 2013 (rev)
Organisational Members (OMs)
Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) 
PO Box 6793
Tel: Administrator – 0844 800 9496
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is an integrative and relational psychotherapy which was formalised in the early 1980’s by Dr Anthony Ryle at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London. It is a brief, user friendly relational therapy applicable to the wide range of psychological problems typically seen in public mental health settings. Recently included in NICE guidelines for the treatment of Personality Disorders. The Association was formed in the early 1990s and it trains, accredits and supports training at a variety of levels in CAT theory and practice from introductory courses through to psychotherapist accreditation. It is a member of the International CAT Association (ICATA). Full information for professionals and members of the public can be found on our website.

The Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy  (ADMP)
The Association of Core Process Psychotherapists (ACPP)
ACPP Administrator
PO Box 13438
Mobile: 07551 759354
The Association of Core Process Psychotherapists (ACPP) is the professional association of psychotherapists trained at the Karuna Institute in Core Process psychotherapy (CPP), a type of psychotherapy informed by Buddhist philosophy, related mindfulness-based practices and Western psychology.
The professional organisation exists to support and promote the practice and guiding principles of CPP with the intention of fostering a creative and open engagement with all accredited practitioners who constitute the main part of the Association, and with graduates, diplomates and trainees working towards accreditation who choose to become members.
Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC) 
1 Trim Bridge
Tel: 01225 429720
Humanistic and Integrative Training and Accrediting Organization established in 1984 offering professional diplomas in both counselling and psychotherapy, recognised by BACP and UKCP respectively. MA validated through Middlesex University. Also run courses for continuing professional development which can lead to further qualifications.
The Berne Institute (BI)
Adrienne Lee and Ian Stewart
The Berne Institute
Berne House
29 Derby Road
DE74 2EN
Tel/Fax: 01509 673649
The Berne Institute was founded in Nottingham in April 1993. We offer on-going professional psychotherapy training, counselling training and supervision. The core model we use is transactional analysis (TA); related humanistic approaches and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) also contribute to our work. We also offer a varied programme of workshops, seminars and other training events.
British Psychodrama Association (BPA)
Natasha Campbell, Administrator
33 Princes Road
GL50 2TX
Tel: 07582 842 231
Chiron Association for Body Psychotherapists UK (CABP)
Kathrin Stauffer (Chair) 
42 Catharine Street 
CB1 3AW 
Tel: 01223 240815
Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre (CBPC)
Gill Westland, Director
28 Ditton Walk
Tel: 01223 416166
Direct line: 01223 214658
We are a training and accrediting organisation. We offer full training to practise Body Psychotherapy. We also offer shorter courses on Somatic Trauma Therapy (with Babette Rothschild), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Working with Symptoms, Biodynamic Massage etc. Courses are run around weekends in Cambridge.
Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) 
Beauchamp Lodge
2 Warwick Crescent
W2 6NE
Tel: 020 7266 3006
Fax: 020 7266 3691
Founded in 1984, CCPE provides transpersonal integrative training including Foundation of Counselling & Psychotherapy Certificate, Diplomas in Counselling & Psychotherapy (UKCP/BACP accredited), Supervision, Advanced Psychotherapy, Dreams, Couples Counselling & Psychotherapy; Masters in Transpersonal Counselling & Psychotherapy (Validated by University of Northampton), and Child, Adolescent & Family Therapy (UKCP accredited and Validated by University of Northampton) ; CCPE also provides clinical services to the public.
Centre for Transpersonal Psychology (CTP) 
17 West View Road
St Albans
Tel: 01727 751420
The Gestalt Centre London (GCL) 
15-23 St Pancras Way
Tel: 020 7383 5610
Formed in 1980 as the first “stand alone” organisation in the UK offering a professional training solely in the gestalt approach, the Gestalt Centre London continues to be a centre of excellence in the delivery of gestalt psychotherapy training as it enters its fourth decade. With a strong and dedicated commitment to gestalt values, philosophy and practice, it provides a rich and unique learning experience throughout its programme, from introductory workshops through professional qualifications and on to CPD events.
Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute (GPTI) 
PO Box 2555
Tel/Fax: 01225 482135
GPTI est. 1986 is an Institute for Gestalt Psychotherapy and Training, offering lively, democratic activities including annual conferences. Led by our Training Standards Committee, GPTI validates trainers and courses in accordance with its own training standards in Edinburgh, Manchester & York.
The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE) 
2-18 Britannia Row
N1 8PA
Tel: 020 7704 2534
Fax: 020 7704 0171
Established more than 20 years, IATE is a fully-accredited HE College dedicated to the study of artistic, imaginative and creative expression for emotional health & well-being. Training ranges from academic routes via validated Masters Degrees to specialist Diploma/Counselling courses.
The Institute of Psychosynthesis (IPS) 
65A Watford Way
Tel: 020 8202 4525
Fax: 020 8202 6166
At the heart of the Institute’s programmes is a two-year psychospiritual development course in Psychosynthesis Psychology.  This is an in-depth exploration of the inner world of the individual and their existential journey towards realisation of their spiritual identity.  We offer, alongside and in addition to this, accreditation in psychosynthesis counselling, psychotherapeutic counselling, psychotherapy, and coaching.  We also run courses for continuing professional development. 
Karuna Institute (KI) 
Natsworthy Manor
Nr Newton Abbot
TQ13 7TR
Tel/Fax: 01647 221457
London School of Biodynamic Psychotherapy (LSBP)
Bickerton House
25-27 Bickerton Road
N19 5JT
Tel: 020 7263 4290 (Office)
LSBP provides professional training to Diploma level in Biodynamic Body Psychotherapy as well as short courses for both established practitioners and personal exploration. LSBP also promotes research in the field and serves as a professional body for Biodynamic Body Psychotherapists. It was established in 2000 to carry forward the work of Gerda Boyesen
Bob Cooke
The  Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy,
454 Barlow Moor Road,
M21 0BQ.
Tel: 0161-862 9456
The Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy was founded in Manchester in March 1988.  We offer ongoing professional Psychotherapy training, CPD training, and Supervision training.  The core model we use with regards to the 4 year psychotherapy training programme, is Transactional Analysis (TA), from an Integrative perspective. The Supervision training is at certificate level, and the 4 year training is at diploma level, both humanistic in nature.  We also offer seminars and other training events.
The Minster Centre (MC) 
20 Lonsdale Road
Tel: 020 7644 6240
Fax: 020 7644 6241
Training and accrediting. The Minster Centre’s professional training meets high academic standards, but with a strong experiential base. Minster projects, working with refugees, and with both the perpetrators and survivors of domestic violence, ensure the training remains grounded in the real world.
Metanoia Institute (MET) 
13 North Common Road
W5 2QB
Tel: 020 8579 2505
Fax: 020 8832 3070
Established in the mid-1980s, Metanoia is a training and accrediting UKCP Organisation Member which offers psychotherapy training in Gestalt, Integrative, Person Centred and Transactional Analysis approaches. Each course takes place on a part-time basis over 10 weekends of the academic year.
Northern Guild Psychological Solutions (NGPC)
Therapy & Training Centres
Newcastle: Head Office
The Northern Guild for Psychotherapy
83 Jesmond Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1NH
Phone: 0191 2098383
The Northern Guild for Psychotherapy
77 Acklam Road, Thornaby, Stockton on Tees, Cleveland, TS17 7BD
Phone: 01642 649004 
Established in 1983 we have over 25 year’s experience delivering training and therapeutic services. We offer ‘gold standard’ verified training programs and cutting edge courses which lead to accreditation, provide credible internships and the opportunity to study with leading figures in the field. 
Psychosynthesis and Education Trust (PET) 
92-94 Tooley Street
London Bridge
Tel: 020 7403 2100
Fax: 020 7403 5562
Training and accrediting organisation in psychosynthesis counselling and psychotherapy. Training started in 1980 by Diana Whitmore. Path to qualification starts with Foundation Year, followed by two-year BACP-accredited counselling training, then further two year psychotherapy training. Counselling award of Postgraduate Diploma and psychotherapy award of Master of Arts from University of East London. Also offered: Postgraduate Certificate in Transpersonal & Integrative Supervision. Short CPD courses offered.
Re-Vision (REV) 
97 Brondesbury Road
Tel: 020 8357 8881
Fax: 020 8357 9661
Founded in 1988, Re-Vision has over 25 years’ experience in training counsellors and psychotherapists in the art and craft of integrative transpersonal therapy, and supporting their further professional development.
Research Society for Process Oriented Psychology in the UK (RSPOPUK)
Anup Karia
Interchange Studios
Hampstead Town Hall Centre
213 Haverstock Hill
Tel 020 7435 0756
Founded in 1988, RSPOPUK offers accredited psychotherapy training in Process Oriented Psychology and on-going professional development courses. Process Work is an awareness-based approach to individual and collective change with roots in Jungian Psychology, Taoism, quantum physics and Shamanism.
School of Psychotherapy and Psychology (RSPP) 
Regent’s University
Inner Circle
Regent’s Park
Tel: 020 7487 7584
Scarborough Counselling & Psychotherapy Training Institute (SCPTI)
1 Westbourned Grove
YO11 2DJ
Tel: 01723 376246
Spectrum (SPEC) 
7 Endymion Road
N4 1EE
Tel: 020 8341 2277
Fax: 020 8340 0426
Spectrum Training grew out of the Spectrum Practice which was founded in 1976 and is a training and accrediting organisation which has been an accredited member of the UKCP since 1996. The foundation of our work is in humanistic, existential and formative psychology. Our approach views the individual as a whole person and emphasises working directly with each person’s experience as a basis for self
Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI) 
Thiskney House
2 St James’s Terrace
Tel: 0115 924 3994
Fax: 0115 924 2738
SPTI has been a Member Organisation of UKCP since 1993, and provides training in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Supervision. MSc’s are offered (currently validated by Coventry University) in Integrative and Person-Centred Psychotherapy and a Clinical Supervision diploma and MSc.
A BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP accredited) is available along with other courses.
Terapia (TER)
PO Box 25295
N12 9YQ
Tel: 020 8201 6101
UK Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP) 
Tel: 08457 660326 (answer phone)
Founded in 1980, UKAHPP is a humanistic membership and accrediting organisation for psychotherapists, counsellors and other practitioners who seek an independent accreditation; UKAHPP is a participative Association, run by and for its members, and prioritises mediation in its ethics procedures.
UK Association of Transactional Analysis (UKATA)
Unit 4 Spring Gardens
Park Lane
East Sussex
Telephone: 01892 664615
UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA) exists to advance the study, theory and practice of Transactional Analysis and its applications, and to provide professional support to UKATA trainees and practitioners.  The ITA is the umbrella organisation for a UK-wide network of independent training establishments. It was founded in 1975 and currently has a membership of over 800. The UKATA is affiliated to the European Association of Transactional Analysis (EATA) and there is an internationally agreed structure for examinations and certification in UKATA, including the fields of psychotherapy and counselling.  Each member organisation of EATA must also ensure compliance with its national requirements.
The Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership (WPP)
54 Charles Street
CF10 2GF
Tel: 02920 396998
The Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership (WPP) was founded in 2007 by Helen Rowlands and Mel Ovens. As a training and accrediting organisation, our aim is to give a focus for quality training in psychotherapy, supervision and therapeutic counselling in South Wales. We accept applications throughout the year for the Diploma of Integrative Psychotherapy and the Diploma of Gestalt Psychotherapy.  We currently also offer An Introduction to Counselling Skills and Theory and provide a range of CPD events.

Updated: 29 March 2018  (JC)