ISPC Memberships

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The Professional Body for Psychotherapy and Counselling

Becoming a Member

The International Society of Psychotherapy & Counselling

Membership of the ISPC is not open to everyone. Candidates for membership are required to demonstrate an appropriate level of attainment in their work and qualifications. This may seem, to some extent, restrictive – however, we pursue the very best for our members and the wider public.

Each membership that is paid in full goes towards funding independent counselling/therapeutic colleges and students to ensure everyone has a chance. Each year we will announce how your membership money has been spent. This is our duty to our society and the wider community. Find out more here >

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ISPC Membership Overview

Please read through our memberships in full. If you are about to apply for a membership please ensure you join the right level of membership. If you are unsure of which membership is right for you, please get in touch. 

Alternatively please continue to read about our memberships. Enjoy the reading and we hope you will join us on making our communities healthier.

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Student Membership

About to begin your 100hrs Placement? Completed your counselling theory via a reputable college?

Entry is open to students undertaking training in counselling and who are receiving supervision and have had personal therapy as required by their training organisation. Students must provide evidence of their training.

Training must include the Theoretical Approaches to Counselling and must be classroom based learning.

If you have any disability that means studying online was the only option, please get in touch.

This membership is for those about to embark on their 100 hours client contact placement as part of their qualification. These hours must be held with genuine clients and be supervised.

Associate Membership - AMISPC

Are you Qualified?

Entry is open to counsellors who have qualified with a Level 4 Advanced Diploma, either taken over 1 year full time, or taken over 2 years part time. We also accept Counselling Degrees and Psychological Degrees.

All training must have been face to face… however, if you have any disability that means studying online was the only option, please get in touch.

Please get in touch if you have different qualifications but feel you can apply for Associate ISPC Membership level.

Training must include Counselling Skills and Counselling Theory as part of their studies.

Evidence of qualifications must be uploaded with the application. All evidence presented with applications will be checked.

Have completed 100 hours of a supervised placement and sufficient supervision undertaken. A supervisors reference must be uploaded with the application form.

The Counsellor must be receiving ongoing supervision and completed personal therapy as required by their training organisation.

Associates must show their willingness to keep up to date with counselling theory in an ever-changing society. Completing 30 hours CPD per year as standardised through your career in Counselling.

Accredited Membership - ISPC(Accredited)

Become Accredited

Entry is open to all Counsellors meeting the above criteria and who;

Have 450 hours of tutor led, in person training. (Check our training guide here of how this is achieved). Evidence will be required. If you have any disability that means studying online was the only option, please get in touch.

Have been in Practice for 3 years (does not have to be consecutive).

Can provide evidence that 450 hours of supervised practice has been completed.

Have had at least 1.5 hours Supervision per month throughout the duration of the 3 year period.

A report from your supervisor/s that indicates your development.

Can demonstrate Continued Professional Development (CPD) of 30 hours per year throughout the 3 year period.

Full members are entitled to describe themselves as a Member of the International Society of Professional Counsellors and to adopt the ISPC’s designatory letters ISPC(Accredited) as appropriate.

Fellow Membership - FISPC

Saved for the most experienced

Entry is open to all Counsellors meeting the above criteria and who;

Have been in Practice for 6 years (does not have to be consecutive).

Have had at least 1.5 hours Supervision per month throughout the duration of the 6 year period.

A report from your supervisor/s that indicates your development.

Who also hold the minimum qualification of a counselling/counselling psychology Degree and whose studies included counselling theory.

Can demonstrate Continued Professional Development (CPD) of 30 hours per year throughout the 6 year period.

Fellow Members are entitled to describe themselves as a Fellow of the International Society of Professional Counsellors and adopt the ISPC’s designatory letters FISPC as appropriate.

Memberships and more

Memberships are not open to everyone...

To move from Student Member to Associate Member all you need to do is complete your 1 year (full time) or 2 year (part time) level 4 and meet the above standards set above. Then you can get fully insured as a qualified counsellor and gain your Professional recognition for your hard work.

Please also be mindful that to gain Accredited status you will have needed to have completed many more hours training and been in practice for at least 3 consecutive years.

The best route is to goto our Counsellors Pathway that outlines the Diploma route to becoming a qualified counsellor. There is also the Degree route which is much more money and doesn’t necessarily mean you are a better counsellor. Although, with continual changes in the counselling industry it may mean in the future you may need to top up any diplomas to Degree Level. This. as yet, is unclear.

Through Europe, Americas and Asia there are different considerations for becoming a member of our society. This being said, we are open to all applications that promotes helping others and bringing about communities.

What we would like to do is ensure that you, as a member of the ISPC are equipped to be the best you can be, and having up to date information is crucial for your development…and peace of mind.

Any changes within the ISPC, or within society and law, will be posted on our website. 

Renew, Edit, Upgrade

Renewing or changing your membership?

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Codes of Ethics

A full over view of our Codes of Ethics and Practice can be found here. Please read through thoroughly to gain the best possible chance of sustaining your practice and reputation. We seek fair treatment to all.

Making a Complaint

The procedure for making a complaint about a Counsellor, or for that matter a Client please click the link below to follow the process. In most cases we seek to rectify any issues with learning and understanding.

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Indemnity Insurance

£1,000,000+ Cover

All UK members of the ISPC are able to take advantage of special indemnity insurance rates by applying to Holistic Insurance Services, please contact ISPC for details. Or you can go to Holistic Insurance now…

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