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When you join as a Student Member you can now upload your own CV, which goes into our Student Directory. This is completely FREE and a great way to get Placement Organisations to see you. It’s also good practice to have a profile so that when you’re qualified you can join the Therapist Directory.
If you are about to apply for a Student Membership please ensure you meet the required standards. Please read the requirements below in full.
We strongly recommend that you get in touch with us so we can advise you on what membership level is right for you. Because we are a not for profit Membership Body, we will have to charge an administration fee if you apply for the wrong membership and we need to change it.
If you can tick off each requirement set out by the ISPC you are in a good position to begin your registration. What we are looking for is the evidence that suggests you have met the minimum level of requirements to be considered a competent Student Counsellor.
We do understand that the counselling profession is complicated, and so we do not expect that everyone will understand the process. Again, please do get in touch.
Please continue to read about our memberships. Enjoy the reading and we hope you will join us on making our communities healthier.
Before Applying - Meet the Requirements Summary
Our Full Requirements
ISPC Student Membership
Undertaking 100hrs Placement?
Entry is open to counsellors who have completed their Counselling Theory – Or Year 1 of the 2 Year Part Time Level 4.
We do accept 2nd Year Counselling/Counselling Psychology Degrees or Masters Students.
The majority of training must have been face to face. We understand that not all training can always be held face to face.
If you have any disability that means studying online was the only option, please get in touch. We can assess you with simple assessment via conference call to get to know you better. And you will get to meet us to.
If you are from Europe, Americas, Africas, Middle East or 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. Please do get in touch.
Please get in touch if you have different qualifications but feel you can apply for ISPC Student Membership Level.
Training must include Counselling Skills and Counselling Theory as part of your studies.
Evidence of Qualifications
Evidence of qualifications must be uploaded with each application. All evidence presented with applications will be checked and qualified.
This of course is necessary to ensure that all of our members comply to our standards. We look at each application independently. We are not black and white as there is always room for a bit of grey.
Qualifications we do not accept
We get applications from a variety of disciplines and unfortunately we can not encompass them all.
We do however accept these qualifications as further Counselling Education that can be added to boost your application.
The Student must be receiving ongoing supervision.
To comply with all of our memberships you must be receiving supervision during your placement. This must be an on going process and keeps you and the clients safe.
We advise, for Students, 1hour of Supervision per 8 sessions
Even Supervisors of Counsellors have their own Supervisor. This is very important to uphold our responsibilities to self and others.
***When you apply for Accreditation you will be required to provide evidence that you have met this criteria throughout.
We consider that having personal therapy as part of your growing self awareness as one of our highest values. Having personal therapy helps you to understand from a client point of view the courage it takes to open up. And of course, useful to find new insights into your own world.
Are You Ready to Apply?
Please ensure you have the following ready...you will need the below to begin your application for registration.
Student Directory Listing
This is Completely Free...
You get a FREE Student Directory listing when joining this Membership. Yes this is completely FREE and no strings attached…
Because we are not for profit and trying to reduce costs for counsellors we feel it necessary to give you what we can for free. There is no other Student Directory out there.
This Directory will act as your CV and allow you to show case who you are to perspective Counselling organisations when looking to complete your 100hrs Placement. Just send them the link to your profile 🙂 Easy!
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, Africas, Middle East 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.
Renewing or upgrading your membership?
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Get your Public Indemnity Insurance
All 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.
Looking for student counsellors? Look through our Student Directory. All of students have been assessed, follow our code of ethics and standards; and are looking for professional counselling placements.
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.
TRAINING FOR OUR FUTURE
Becoming a counsellor
Counsellors work with clients experiencing a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties to help them bring about effective change and/or enhance their wellbeing. Clients could have issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, loss and relationship difficulties that are affecting their ability to manage life. Learn how to get qualified!
OUR PUBLIC DUTY
Our profits go towards helping students through meaningful training and qualification
Counsellors work with clients experiencing a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties to help them bring about effective change and/or enhance their wellbeing. Clients could have issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, loss and relationship difficulties that are affecting their ability to manage life.
GIVING YOU PEACE OF MIND
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 click the link below to go straight to Holistic Insurance.
WITHIN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
Are you in the Health & Wellness Industry?
Many health & wellbeing professionals work alone and at times this can be quite isolating. Coming together in a group of other practitioners, coaches and therapists gives you the opportunity to talk about your work, listen to other professionals and make new friends who understand your business and what it means to you.