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Counselling psychology

The Society offers the Qualification in Counselling Psychology (QCoP)

If you want to practice as a Counselling Psychologist in the U.K. this is one of the main routes. By taking this route you will be able to apply for Chartered Membership of the Society, Full Membership of the Division of Counselling Psychology and be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Counselling Psychologist.  For further information about these official bodies please see the presentation 'Training to be a Counselling Psychologist'

If you wish to apply to enrol for the QCoP please ensure that you use the forms below and refer to the current Candidate Handbook and Regulations.  Your Co-ordinating Supervisor (CS) is available to guide you throughout the enrolment process and information about finding a CS is available below.

Please note that the Qualifications Office will not be able to process incomplete applications and that incomplete applications will be returned to applicants for completion via recorded delivery. Your application date will, therefore, be the date when your completed application has been received in the Qualifications Office and not necessarily the date you first applied.

Handbooks and regulations

Useful information

CS workshops

The next Supervisor Workshop is scheduled for Thursday 19 October 2017 at the Society’s Leicester office. Please find the details below.

Supervisor and Assessor Workshop 19 October 2017
Application form

Finding a Co-ordinating Supervisor

The relationship between candidate and CS is crucial to a candidate's training and development while enrolled on the qualification.  In order to find a supervisor, visit the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS) and search for approved potential CS under the training route ‘Qualification in Counselling Psychology’ (NB. Not all the registrants under the training route ‘Counselling psychology’ are approved as CS for the QCoP).  Please ensure they meet the criteria for the role outlined in the Candidate Handbook.

Once you have agreed to work with a CS, please complete and submit the following form:

Candidates must submit a copy of the contract with their CS as part of their enrolment application.  A sample contract is provided below:


Once your supervisor has been approved you may enrol on the qualification.  The forms below must be included in your enrolment application.  Your CS will be able to help you with your application.  Two complete copies of your application must be submitted.

Applicants must request approval of their proposed placements.  The placement approval pack must be completed by the candidate in conjunction with the CS, supervisor and placement provider.

You must include your first quarterly review form outlining your development objectives for the coming quarter.

For each new placement that is approved, you will need to complete the induction checklist when you start the placement and submit this with your next quarterly review once you are enrolled as a candidate.

Applying for Accreditation of Existing Competence (AEC)

Some applicants may wish to apply for accreditation of existing competence for some units of the QCoP on the basis of relevant postgraduate experience.

If you wish to apply for any AEC you will need to complete the form below and include this along with appropriate supporting evidence with your enrolment application. If applying for AEC for DEU3 Practice Logs and Reports and/ or DEU4 Personal Therapy, you may wish to use the QCoP forms as a useful template for preparing your supporting evidence. 

Enrolment deadline

Enrolment applications must be received by 1 March 2017 if the trainee wishes to submit any outstanding units of assessment in December 2017. Other than this, enrolment applications can be submitted at any point during the year, and your application will be assessed at the point that it is received. The process of assessing an enrolment application usually takes around 8-10 weeks.

What happens next?

Once you are enrolled you will then need to ensure that you follow the ongoing requirements outlined in the Candidate Handbook in order to remain enrolled. These requirements include submission of a quarterly review, an annual update to your plan of training and quarterly meetings with your CS.

You will also need to ensure that you complete your Competence Logbook throughout your enrolment for the QCoP. You will receive your logbook when your enrolment is finalised, and a sample logbook is provided below for information.

We hope you enjoy your time enrolled for the QCoP.

Contact the Qualifications Team

Phone: +44 (0)116 252 9505

Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314

Email: [email protected]

The British Psychological Society
St Andrews House
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