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Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy

We ask you to declare that you practice as a psychologist specialising in psychotherapy in accordance with the 6 principles of this register every 5 years.

As with our other Registers you’ll be asked to provide a full CPD record for the period in question and a supporting statement showing how you have maintained your practice in the field of psychotherapy alongside the principles of the Register.

Principles of the Register

Principle 1: Psychologists as psychotherapists

In creating a register of psychologists specialising in psychotherapy there is recognition that those involved have continuing commitments and responsibilities as both psychologists and psychotherapists, and to the development of constructive relationships between those roles, disciplines and value systems

Aims and competencies:

  1. To be familiar with, and able to draw on, knowledge and approaches in psychology, which have particular relevance for psychotherapeutic understanding and practice.
  2. To be able to think psychologically about approaches and issues in psychotherapy, which have significant implications for psychology and use this knowledge and understanding to elaborate aspects of psychological therapy and/or practice.

Principle 2: Inquiry and communication

As psychologists specialising in psychotherapy, attitudes and approaches which reflect ongoing inquiry (of many kinds and at many levels) are expected to be central.

Aims and competencies:

  1. To be familiar with, and able to make use of, a range of approaches (both quantitative and qualitative) to psychological inquiry relevant to psychotherapy, and to adopt a continuing attitude of inquiry in relation to psychotherapeutic practice.
  2. To be familiar with, and to undertake, the range of modes of communication required in psychotherapeutic practice and inquiry, and the dissemination of knowledge and understanding (formally and informally) arising from psychological and psychotherapeutic practice and research.

Principle 3: Psychotherapeutic practice and understanding

Psychotherapy, in its many forms, involves intimate, interpersonal modes of inquiry which engage the ‘heart’ as well as the ‘head’, feelings as well as ideas, involvement and responsibilities in relation to the lives of others as well as reflection and re-framing of what may be going on.

Aims and competencies:

  1. To be conceptually knowledgeable about a number of approaches (e.g. theories and models) and with ways of working (e.g. individual, family, group) in psychotherapy, and be familiar with relevant clinical and scientific information.
  2. To be able to undertake, in informed and imaginative ways all aspects (e.g. theoretical, practical, scientific, administrative) of at least one approach to the practice of psychotherapy.

Principle 4: Personal and professional development

It is a requirement that psychologists specialising in psychotherapy will be engaged in ongoing supervision and personal development, which may contribute to the development of honest and satisfactory ways of establishing and maintaining constructive therapeutic alliances with clients and relationships with colleagues.

Aims and competencies:

  1. To be actively and systematically engaged in personal development work of a variety of kinds, so that greater understanding of personal issues is developed and impediments to effective practice are recognised and reduced
  2. To be actively engaged in being supervised (in a non-managerial sense), so that personal, clinical and professional issues in psychotherapy are open to continuing questioning review and reconsideration.

Principle 5: Knowledge of the wider world

In addition to knowledge about psychological and psychotherapeutic approaches and issues, it is expected that psychologists specialising in psychotherapy will be aware of the wider contexts within which psychotherapy is practised.

Aims and competencies:

  1. To be familiar with major social, cultural and political issues and controversies concerning psychotherapy, including multicultural, ethical and equal opportunity issues.
  2. To be familiar with disciplines and aspects of life outside the context of psychotherapy and to be able to make use of this knowledge in appropriate ways in psychotherapeutic reflection, practice and inquiry.

Principle 6: Re-registration and further professional development

All psychologists specialising in psychotherapy are expected to continue with education and training relevant to both psychological and psychotherapeutic understanding and practice.

Aims and competencies

  1. To be involved in ongoing personal and professional development work in ways which maintain, develop and refresh psychological and psychotherapeutic knowledge, understanding and practice in relation to requirements of the re-registration process.
  2. Where relevant, to be engaged in the creative development of professional understanding, knowledge and practice, including systematic and carefully planned continuing professional development training, in ways which are relevant to ‘advanced practitioner’ status. 
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