WITH THE UKCP
(United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)
THE A.P.E.L. ROUTE
The A.P.E.L.(Accreditation of prior experience and learning) Route is designed to facilitate
registration for those who have not undertaken an AFT-accredited qualifying level training
programme but have undertaken an advanced clinical training. It is acknowledged that a
number of courses that offered advanced clinical training in the past are no longer running
and a number of newer courses are developing which have not yet applied for accreditation.
If applicants have qualified overseas the A.P.E.L. Overseas Route form should be used.
One of the criteria for advanced clinical training is that ‘live’ supervised practice is included
as an integral part of the course. Another is that a substantial amount of theoretical teaching
is undertaken, along with assessed assignments and a dissertation. Having undertaken a
Foundation or Intermediate level course will not suffice. Such applicants would be advised
to complete their training by undertaking an accredited qualifying level course. An up-to-
date list of courses can be obtained from the AFT Office.
The aim of the APEL application is to demonstrate that the candidate has acquired an
equivalent level of clinical expertise, theoretical understanding and self-reflexive practice to
one who has successfully completed an accredited qualifying level training.
If you wish to apply via the APEL route, please complete and return the attached form
in triplicate. Applications must be word processed. Handwritten applications will not
be accepted. Please also enclose three copies of the following:
1. Photocopies of certificate or diploma from Course, or a letter indicating that the
Course was completed successfully.
2. Photocopy of up-to-date professional indemnity insurance (this must be submitted
before applicants can be added to the Register). Personal professional indemnity
cover is strongly recommended. However, for those purely in employed work you
may sign the declaration to say you will not undertake private work and enclose a
letter from your Employer to say your Employer’s professional indemnity will cover
you for work as a family and systemic psychotherapist or enclose a copy of your
Union Membership Certificate if it covers you for professional indemnity.
3. References from two UKCP registered family therapists.
One will usually be from the Course Director, Tutor or Supervisor. One will usually
be from your current (or most recent) Supervisor to confirm that you are practising
with supervision in accordance with the AFT Policy for Continuing Professional
Development (CPD). If you do not have a current supervisor you must show what
arrangements you have made for supervision. You should provide the Supervisor
with a copy of the CPD policy, which is available on the website. It is also your
responsibility to supply your referees with a copy of “Instructions for Referees”
Appendix 1. Both referees should be UKCP registered unless you are applying from
overseas. If not UKCP registered, a copy of their CV must also be provided.
4. Evidence of a CRB check having been carried out in the past 3 years. This may be
a copy of the disclosure or a letter from your Employer/Course. The CRB check
should cover children and vulnerable adults.
The fee for processing initial APEL route applications is £125 please enclose a cheque for
£125 made payable to “AFT Ltd”. On acceptance an annual subscription to UKCP will be
payable and thereafter each year, assuming that the applicant sustains the necessary level
of supervised practice and CPD to be recommended for UKCP registration, your AFT
membership must be up to date. Please see the AFT CPD policy on the website.
Upon receipt of the application form, the registration process will take up to 3 months to
complete, even if all the documentation is provided. We will not be able to process your
application if it is incomplete in any respect or illegible.
Chair of Registration Committee
THIS FORM SHOULD BE WORD PROCESSED
THE ASSOCIATION FOR FAMILY THERAPY
REGISTRATION WITH UKCP VIA THE APEL ROUTE
I am a current AFT member: Yes / No (delete as appropriate)
Telephone (Home): Email address:
Current Job title:
Private Practice: Yes / No / Both (delete as appropriate)
Name of Employer:
Address (Work/Private Practice):
Telephone (Work/Private Practice): Email (work):
No of hours clinical practice each week:
Professional Qualifications, with dates :
Details of membership of other Professional Organisations (e.g. RCN, BPS):
Is your supervisor UKCP registered? Yes / No (delete as appropriate)
Details of current supervision arrangements:
DETAILS OF FAMILY THERAPY TRAINING
1. Introductory or Foundation Level:
Name of course:
Dates Course undertaken:
Accrediting body (if any):
Copy of certificate of attendance or other relevant documentation enclosed: Yes/No
2. Advanced Clinical Training:
Name of course:
Dates Course undertaken:
Accrediting body (if any):
Details of programme:
Hours of ‘live’ supervised practice:
Hours of academic study:
Number of assessed assignments, including a dissertation/extended essay:
Evidence of successful completion of the course enclosed: Yes/No
3. CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Please indicate the following:
a) Attendance at relevant workshops/conferences since completing the course:
(Please enclose documentary evidence)
4. ANY FURTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION
Please include details of:
Training and Teaching you have given
Specialist areas of practice and/or special interests.
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STATEMENT
Please provide on a separate sheet a detailed personal and professional development
statement of no more than 3,000 words.
This should include:
An account of the evolution of your practice and the theoretical models which inform
this, demonstrating your reflexive relationship between theory and practice.
Vignettes of two clinical cases demonstrating your approach and method.
Reflection upon your understanding of your ‘use of self’ as a therapist and how this
influences your clinical practice,
Reflection upon your use of the supervisory relationship.
Please ensure you return this form and the following in triplicate:
□ Course certification
□ Two references from UKCP Registered Family Therapists. One should
be from your Current Supervisor. If you do not have a current
supervisor you must show what arrangements you have made for
□ Professional Indemnity Certificate or evidence of same.
□ CRB check.
□ Cheque for £125 made payable to “AFT Ltd”
□ Signed declaration below.
I hereby undertake to abide by the Code of Ethics and Practice of The
Association for Family Therapy (AFT). I understand that the UKCP only has
jurisdiction within the UK and that if I choose to practice abroad, this will be
outside the jurisdiction of UKCP.
Signature: ……………………………………… Date: ……………………………...
I confirm that I do not undertake any work outside my employed work and
enclose evidence that I have professional indemnity insurance cover for this.
I understand that personal professional indemnity insurance is required for
those therapists who practice, teach and supervise in a private capacity and
that to undertake any private work without personal professional indemnity
insurance will be seen as a breach of professional ethics.
Signature: ……………………………………….. Date: …………………………….
Please send to: Registration Committee, AFT, 7 Executive Suite, St James Court,
Wilderspool Causeway, Warrington, WA4 6PS. Tel: 01925 444414
ASSOCIATION FOR FAMILY THERAPY
INSTRUCTIONS TO REFEREES
Prior to writing the reference, the applicant should provide for you a copy of “the AFT Policy for Continuing
Please make sure that you comment on the following aspects of the applicant’s professional profile as
appropriate for your reference:-
length and amount of family therapy training
level of clinical practice, arrangements for and use of supervision
ability to reflect on and critically evaluate their own practice
ability to locate their clinical practice within a theoretical framework
ability to apply systemic approaches to other aspects of their
professional and organisational context.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO APPROACH
REFEREES DIRECTLY, IF CLARIFICATION IS NEEDED OVER ANY
Please ensure your reference is signed, dated and contact details are given.
Thank you for your co-operation.