The British Psychological Society is a registered charity which acts as the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK, and is responsible for the promotion of excellence and ethical practice in the science, education, and application of the discipline.
The NCS is a non-profit professional organisation whose purpose is to ensure that all of their registrants are safe, competent, and ethical practitioners.
UKCP is a membership organisation and registered charity with over 75 training organisations, over 11,000 individual practitioners and 10 colleges. The UKCP offers education, training, accreditations and regulation for psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. UKCP-registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors meet an exacting criteria and training requirement that helps regulate the profession and provides public confidence in the registered practitioners.The UKCP register is accredited by the government’s Professional Standards Authority. There is also a specialist register for psychotherapists working with children and young people. They are committed to work for public benefit by supporting research, making therapy accessible and responding to complaints.
The HCPC is a regulator of over 280,000 professionals from 15 health and care professions in the UK. The Council’s purpose is to protect the public by approving education and training programmes which professionals must complete before they can register with the HCPC. HCPC maintains a Register of health and care providers who meet pre-determined professional requirements and standards of practice.
The BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for psychotherapists and counsellors. The BACP is a membership organisation and a registered charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the general public. They have a variety of membership categories that represent different levels of training and experience. To become an accredited member the association must approve hours of training and relevant experience. All registered members must abide by a strict Code of Ethics and Practice, as well as a complaints procedure.
IACP is a registered Charity representing over 4,700 members as the largest Counselling and Psychotherapy Association in Ireland. The Association was created to identify, develop and maintain professional standards of excellence in Counselling and Psychotherapy. IACP promotes best practice and the development of the profession.
APCP has its origins in the former National Counselling Institute of Ireland. It was re-constituted as APCP in 2010 to promote mental health through creating a centre of excellence by identifying, developing and maintaining professional standards. The aim of the Body is to promote best practices and to aid the development of the professions through leadership and collaboration, supporting and assuring as far as practicable high professional standards for the safety of all clients.
COSCA – Scotland’s professional body for counselling and psychotherapy – sets standards for its registrants in the practice of counselling and psychotherapy and is committed to increasing access to counselling and psychotherapy services. All members must abide by it’s Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice.
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in the UK and Ireland. It promotes, improves and upholds standards of CBT practice, supervision and training. The Association operates a highly-respected voluntary register for accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapists, and helps to protect the public by supporting best practice.
The BPC is a professional association of the psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy profession, publishing a Register of practitioners who are required to follow its ethical code and meet its fitness to practise standards. The BPC is comprised of 14 member institutions including training institutions, accrediting bodies and professional associations. These members are eligible to apply for BPC’s register where they are governed by a Code of Ethics, a statement on confidentiality and strict complaints procedures. The BPC also belongs to the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (EFPP).
The HGI is a global organisation concerned with unifying the most effective forms of counselling and psychotherapy into a truly biopsychosocial approach. It advances all aspects of Human Givens therapeutic practice, including standards, continued professional development and the ethical behaviour of members.
The UKAHPP is a professional organisation, which sets registration and accreditation standards of practice for Psychotherapists and Psychotherapeutic Counsellors with training in Humanistic Psychology, a holistic approach to therapy, which holds centrally an individual's capacity to draw upon inner resources to give meaning and direction to traumatic and disabling life experiences.
The ACP is a professional body for psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapists in the UK. The ACP is responsible for training and practice standards for its members and provides information to the public about child psychotherapy.
The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body and registered charity representing Christian counsellors and psychotherapists in the United Kingdom.
PTU exists to further the good practice of therapeutic work with children. This includes improving children's wellbeing as well as alleviating behaviour and mental health problems.
The BAPT works to relieve the needs of children, young people and adults suffering emotional and behavioural difficulties by promoting the art and science of Play Therapy and promoting high standards in the practice of Play Therapy.
The BAAT is the professional membership body for Art therapy in the UK. The Association is a dynamic organisation, working to support members and promote Art therapy as a growing and vibrant profession.
The ADMP serves to uphold professional standards within the field of Dance Movement Psychotherapy, overseeing the professional codes of conduct for the profession. It supports the development of DMP in the UK and internationally, fostering communication among Dance Movement Psychotherapists, and promoting the use of DMP. The ADMP UK is part of the European Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy and the UK Council for Psychotherapy.
AP is a voluntary registration body and network for the addictions sector. The members include GPs, psychiatrists, counsellors, keyworkers, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers, nurses and mentors. The Body provides standards of conduct to ensure that practitioners follow and adhere to the highest possible practice that protect individuals seeking addiction services.
The AFT is the UK’s leading organisation for family and systemic psychotherapists and practitioners. The AFT supports Family and Systemic Psychotherapy training and practice standards. It promotes research, hosts conferences and workshops, and provides a wealth of information and resources for students, professionals and members of the public.
COSRT works to ensure that the profession of Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy is based on the best standards possible. To achieve this, it holds a public register of therapists who meet exacting requirements. COSRT sets and monitors professional standards to ensure public protection by providing and accrediting training. It supports continuing professional development and research to drive quality and innovation in the profession.
ACAT is a registered charity that can be used by the public, health professionals and ACAT accredited professionals globally. They have different levels of training which qualifies an individual for various things.
The BPA is the professional association that upholds psycho dramatists and socio dramatists to a high professional standard in psychotherapy, across the UK and Ireland.. The BPA is an organisational member of the UKCP. All members must abide with BPA’s Code of Ethic and Practice when working with clients.
All members must have either completed training at an EAGT accredited training school or a training programme of at least 1450 hours. Members must adhere to their Code of Ethics. EAGT was established to foster a high professional standard for Gestalt Therapy and to promote research.
The UKATA is the largest body in the UK for those interested in Transactional Analysis. They have a number of categories representing different levels of training and qualifications the member will hold. To become even a lower level member you must have a UKATA Diploma or equivalent experience. All members must adhere to the UKATA’s Code of Ethics which specifies how they should work with clients.
The UPCA is the only independent national register for psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors who are university educated. The UPCA objective is to further the development of psychotherapy training and to protect the public. All clinical members have to complete training at an affiliated organisation, and adhere to their Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
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