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Continuing Professional Development

What is CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. It refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain as you engage in additional training beyond any initial training. CPD is a commitment by members to continually update their skills and knowledge in order to remain professionally competent and achieve their true potential. The CPD process helps you manage your own development on an annual basis.


Why do CPD?

CPD is important in that it promotes:

  • The ethos of personal responsibility

  • The ethos of professional governance

  • The ethos of lifelong learning

  • The practice of professional regulation


What are the key features of the CPD process?

CPD needs to:

  • be a documented process

  • be self-directed: driven by you, not APCP

  • focus on experiential learning, reflective practice and review

  • help you set development goals and objectives


What will it do for you?

CPD is a requirement of professional membership of APCP. It can help you to reflect, review and document your learning and to develop and update your professional knowledge and skills.


What do APCP require of its members with regard to CPD?

As a member of APCP, you must participate in a minimum of one APCP training event per annum and demonstrate that you have engaged in a minimum of 30 hours CPD if you are practicing in the field of counselling, or a minimum of 50 hours, if you are training or recognised as a practitioner in Psychotherapy.

Online Learning

Programme of CPD Events 2024

The 2024 suite of Continuing Professional Development events will support the membership in their everyday practice both as Counsellors and as Psychotherapists.

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