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Categories of Membership & Registration Status

Categories of Membership

Full Members

Members who have successfully completed a training course at an ACP Approved Training school and who are working as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. Full Members provide a yearly return detailing relevant Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities which must be duly authorised by an ACP approved supervisor to confirm that they are fit to practise.

Full Members - Newly Qualified

These are qualified members of the ACP, who have completed their training within the last two years and are working as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. They must submit an annual CPD return and follow the CPD requirements for Full Members - Newly Qualified.

Full Members -Reduced Hours Members

These are qualified members who are still working as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, but for various reasons have decided to do a very limited amount of clinical work; direct work with children and families, as well as supervision, teaching and consultation. In order to maintain high standards of clinical practice, it is only possible to stay in this category for up to five years. Members would then either need to move into the Not Working membership, or increase their hours. Whilst in this category, members must complete the annual CPD return in line with all Full members.

Honoured Members

Members of distinction who have contributed to the ACP and the advancement of child and adolescent psychotherapy have become Honoured Members at the invitation of the Association. Honoured Full Members who continue to practise must also provide a yearly CPD return.

Not Working Members

Qualified members of the Association who have retired from all clinical and non-clinical practice or who are not currently working for personal reasons (e.g. parental leave).

Overseas Members

Members of the Association who have qualified from an ACP-UK Approved training school but who reside and work overseas. It is expected that they will register with the appropriate regulator in the country in which they practise, and will meet any requirements for ongoing registration with that regulator.  They are not eligible to be included in the 'Find a Child Psychotherapist' directory, and are CPD exempt.

Trainee Members 

Trainee Members are registered with an ACP accredited training school as well as with the ACP, and carry out clinical work in the NHS or 3rd sector, but not in private practice. They work under the supervision of a senior Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, who also carries clinical responsibility for their work. A full description of the training can be found here.

Trainee Members Deferred (to be ratified)

These are Trainee Members who are enrolled with an ACP accredited training school, but who have had to take an extended break from the training for personal reasons  - e.g. ill health/maternity. This break is usually no longer than a year and the trainee can then resume their training, or makes the decision to step down from the training.

Professional Standards Authority accreditation and use of the quality mark only applies to registrants practising within the UK.

Registration Status


The registrant has met all requirements to be an ACP member.


The registrant was registered with the ACP, but has not renewed their registration nor given notice that they have resigned. 

Under sanction/suspended

An asterisk (*) by a member's name indicates that they have been through the ACP disciplinary procedures and been found in breach of our Code of Ethics. A summary of the breach and details of the sanctions can be found here.