Become a Member of the International Society of Professional Counsellors
Entry is open to students undertaking training in counselling and who are receiving supervision and personal therapy as required by their training organisation. Students must provide evidence of their training.
Training must include the Theoretical Approaches to Counselling and must be classroom based learning.
This membership is for those about to embark on their 100 hours client contact placement as part of their qualification. These hours must be held with genuine clients.
Entry is open to counsellors who have qualified up to the level of Advanced Certificate in counselling skills and whose studies included counselling theory and who are involved in counselling. This involvement can be counselling in private practice, within an agency, whether paid or unpaid, or within a charity on a voluntary basis.
Have completed 100 hours supervised placement and sufficient supervision be undertaken.
The Counsellor must be receiving ongoing supervision and completed personal therapy as required by their training organisation.
Evidence of qualifications and a supervisor's reference must be sent with applications. All evidence presented with applications will be checked.
Associates must show their willingness to keep up to date with counselling theory in an ever-changing society.
Associates are entitled to describe themselves as an Associate of the International Society of Professional Counsellors and adopt the ISPC's designatory letters AMISPC as appropriate.
Associate Members may apply for their membership level to be upgraded to Full Membership upon obtaining their Diploma if they can provide evidence that they have been practising as a Counsellor for at least two years. Alternatively, Associate Members who hold the minimum qualification of an Advanced certificate in counselling and can provide evidence that they have been practising as a Counsellor for a total of five years can apply for their membership to be upgraded to Full Membership.
Entry is open to all Counsellors meeting the above criteria and who;
Hold the minimum qualification of Advanced Diploma in counselling skills and whose studies included counselling theory, and have been in Practice for 2 years.
Full members are entitled to describe themselves as a Member of the International Society of Professional Counsellors and to adapt the ISPC's designatory letters MISPC as appropriate.
Full Members may apply for their membership level to be upgraded to Fellow Membership upon obtaining their Degree if they can provide evidence that they have been practising as a Counsellor for a total of five years. Alternatively, Full Members who hold a minimum qualification of a Diploma in counselling and can provide evidence that they have been practising as a Counsellor for a total of ten years can apply for their membership to be upgraded to Fellow Membership.
Entry is open to all Counsellors meeting the above criteria and who also hold the minimum qualification of a counselling/counselling psychology Degree and whose studies included counselling theory. Fellow Members are entitled to describe themselves as a Fellow of the International Society of Professional Counsellors and adopt the ISPC's designatory letters FISPC as appropriate.
Please note: Membership of the ISPC is not open to everyone. Candidates for membership are required to demonstrate an appropriate level of attainment in their work and qualifications. This may seem, to some extent, restrictive, but we need to protect our clients as well as the organisation and ourselves. We will not, however, move the goal posts for current members once enrolled.
There are several membership benefits, which are available to Students, Associates, Full Members & Fellows:
Public recognition of your commitment to the support and promotion of good counselling practice and to further learning and knowledge in the field.
A membership/fellowship certificate giving evidence of your counselling ability and achievements.
A licence to use the ISPC's designatory letters after your name.
A licence to describe oneself as an Associate, Full or Fellow Member of the International Society of Professional Counsellors.
The ISPC will answer enquiries on behalf of members and provide references on your counselling ability.
Members are able to exchange information with each other and present their own views and experiences through the society.
The ISPC from time to time conducts research in the fields of counselling and philosophy and shares the results with members.
Where members require a letter of introduction, internationally or otherwise, the ISPC will supply this at a nominal cost.
You will get a reduced rate of Insurance once becoming a member with Holistic Insurance Services. The ISPC has agreed terms with Holistic Insurance Services to provide ISPC members with Indemnity Insurance with cover of up to £5,000,000 for any one claim for an annual fee of £46.50. Please contact ISPC for more information. The fee quoted is a reduced rate for ISPC members.
All members are able to take advantage of special indemnity insurance rates by applying to Holistic Insurance Services, please contact ISPC for details.
Minimum Requirements - Supervision
The ISPC holds that supervision should not be at the discretion of the professional body but instead the training agency. For example; In this case Ridgeway College decided that 1 – 2 hours of supervision per month should be undertaken by student counsellors and practicing counsellors. This will however depend on the amount of counselling the supervisee in undertaking with clients.
Please check with your training organisation to check your supervision requirements.
Application and Evidence
All applications for membership; please provide evidence of training and qualifications and a supervisor’s reference. The board of administration vigorously checks all references and qualifications and expects its members to sign and abide by the ISPC’s code of ethics and to be subject to ISPC’s complaints procedures.
If you have any questions whatsoever please feel free to contact us.
Annual Fee Only £46.50
Giving you peace of mind
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.
A message to our new members...
As with all things new it takes time to develop and market a new organisation and ISPC is no different. However, we are steadily growing as more counsellors and other professionals in the talking therapies become aware of our existence. Our present membership is growing steadily and there are many counsellors who have applied for our information pack and are in the process of deciding if the ISPC is for them.
We encourage all students and accredited members to keep up to date with their training. If you're in need of further information please contact us and we'll endeavour to help.
Become a member
If you're looking to enhance your counselling framework and ethics please join the ISPC. We want to provide the same level of service that you would provide to your clients.