For practitioners wanting to use the term ‘counselling / councillor and/ or therapy/ therapist’ you will be required to have completed and graduated from a counselling or psychotherapy practitioner training course. Your course must have involved at least 450 hours classroom-based tutor contact.
You must also have completed a supervised placement of at least 100 client contact hours as an integral part of your course.
Your placement hours must have been:
• carried out with genuine clients, rather than peers from your course, for example
• in an appropriate setting with appropriate clients. Counselling services are an ideal setting as they are likely to assess whether clients are suitable for your level of competence. Your training provider should not allow placement hours through private practice or with client groups that have not been pre-assessed as suitable - such as children and young people or those with complex mental health needs.
• assessed (or marked) as an integral part of your training
• supervised. Supervision is important at all stages of seeing clients.
All applicants must answer each of the questions below. Please note that deliberately false statements will result in non acceptance / cancellation of your membership. If you answer ’yes’ to any questions below please provide additional information. Please note that answering yes to questions in the declaration does not mean you will not be accepted for membership.
Once you have submitted this form, you will be taken to the payment options page. Payment must be made for your application to be processed.
If you application is successful, we will email you with your membership certificate and details of how to access your complimentary SMMGP Premium Membership.
If your application is unsuccessful you will receive a full refund.