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Membership

Membership is open to all therapists who:

  1. Meet the criteria of either Practitioner, Affiliate or Student membership (see below)
  2. All Applicants must be individual members of a recognised professional body which has an official complaints procedure. These include BACP, COSCA, BPS, UKCP , AHPP or NCS. Other organisations will be considered on provision of evidence of an appropriate code of ethics and official complaints procedure.

All members are expected to be familiar with and to abide by the Association's Constitution.

  • Practitioner membership is open to people who:

    1. Have completed a training course in Person Centred Therapy which is recognised by the Association or accredited by BACP and has a Person Centred core model.
    2. Hold a recognised Person Centred counselling diploma.
    3. Are currently practising as a Person Centred counsellor / therapist.
    4. Whose practice is fully consistent with the Person Centred Approach.
    5. Agree to accept and abide by the BACP Ethical Framework which is the Code of Ethics and Practice adopted by the Association.
    6. Are individual members of a professional organisation which has an official complaints procedure. These include BACP, COSCA, BPS, UKCP or AHPP.
    7. Have paid the annual subscription fee which shall be determined by the membership at an AGM.

    Practitioner members are entitled to the following benefits of membership:

    • participation in all PCT Scotland events,
    • receipt of all PCT Scotland mailings,
    • inclusion in the PCT Scotland brochure / website advertising counsellor availability,
    • able to attend and vote at Association meetings,
    • be office bearers of the Association.

    If you would like to apply for Practitioner membership, please proceed to our Online Membership Application which will guide you through the application process step by step. Alternatively, contact the Secretary for further information and to request an application pack to be sent by post.

  • Affiliate membership is open to people who:

    1. Have completed a training course in Person Centred Therapy which is recognised by the Association or accredited by BACP and has a Person Centred core model.
    2. Hold a recognised Person Centred counselling diploma.
    3. Are not currently practising as a counsellor / therapist but who’s professional and/or personal interest is consistent with the Person Centred Approach.
    4. Agree to accept and abide by the BACP Ethical Framework which is the Code of Ethics and Practice adopted by the Association.
    5. Are individual members of a professional organisation which has an official complaints procedure. These include BACP, COSCA, BPS, UKCP or AHPP.
    6. Have paid the annual subscription fee, which is 60% of the Full subscription.

    Affiliate members are entitled to the following benefits of membership:

    • participation in all PCT Scotland events,
    • receipt of all PCT Scotland mailings,
    • to attend and vote at Association meetings.

    Affiliate members are NOT eligible for inclusion on the PCT Scotland brochure / website advertising counsellor availability NOR to be office bearers of the Association.

    If you would like to apply for Affiliate membership, please proceed to our Online Membership Application which will guide you through the application process step by step. Alternatively, contact the Secretary for further information and to request an application pack to be sent by post.

  • Student membership is open to people who:

    1. Are currently on a Person Centred training course which is recognised by the Association or accredited by BACP and has a Person Centred core model.
    2. Agree to accept and abide by the BACP Ethical Framework which is the Code of Ethics and Practice adopted by the Association.
    3. Are individual members of a professional organisation which has an official complaints procedure. These include BACP, COSCA, BPS, UKCP or AHPP.
    4. Have paid the annual subscription fee, which is 30% of the Full subscription.

    Student members are entitled to the following benefits of membership:

    • participation in all PCT Scotland events,
    • receipt of all PCT Scotland mailings,
    • to attend and vote at Association meetings.

    Student members are NOT eligible for inclusion on the PCT Scotland brochure / website advertising counsellor availability NOR to be office bearers of the Association.

    Student members are expected to move to either Affiliate or Associate membership when they are eligible to do so i.e. after they have obtained their person centred counselling diploma. (Please note, a copy of the diploma will be required to evidence this).

    If you would like to apply for Student membership, please proceed to our Online Membership Application which will guide you through the application process step by step. Alternatively, contact the Secretary for further information and to request an application pack to be sent by post.

Proceed to the Online Membership Application

Termination of Membership

A Special General Meeting of the Association shall have the right to terminate, for good and sufficient reason, the membership of any person, provided that that person shall have the right to attend and be heard by the Special General Meeting before the decision is finally made.

Any member who has not paid their membership in full within 2 months of the subscription renewal date (1st June) or who has not come to an arrangement with the Treasurer / Secretary prior to 1st August of the year in question will be deemed to have terminated their membership of the Association.

If you would like to terminate your membership, please contact the Secretary for further information.

The Access Fund

The Access Fund may be available to people wishing to become members of PCT Scotland and is particularly helpful for people with limited finances and those with added expenses, for example for people with disabilities, people with childcare costs etc.

All members will be invited to contribute to the fund with their yearly subscription. Contributions are entirely voluntary and can be made at any time of the year. This money will be used solely for the Access Fund and will be administered separately from the PCT Scotland general account. Income may be added to the Access Fund from the profits of training events. The annual contribution will be at the discretion of the Co-ordinating Group.

Requests for money from the Access Fund should be made prior to application for membership in writing to the Secretary or Treasurer of PCT Scotland.

Membership Application

Before applying, please read the relevant Membership Criteria above to ensure you fulfil the requirements for membership.

Once you have read the relevant Membership Criteria, please proceed to our Online Membership Application which will guide you through the application process step by step.

Alternatively, contact the Secretary for further information and to request an application pack to be sent by post.

Membership through sponsorship

Any counsellor / therapist wishing to join PCT Scotland who has met all the criteria with the exception of currently holding a diploma awarded by a recognised training institution can apply for membership if they have discussed their application with two Practitioner Members of the Association and those members have agreed to sponsor the applicant. The two sponsors would have to be satisfied that the applicant had sufficient understanding of person centred theory, and that their practice was fully consistent with the person centred approach to counselling / therapy.

If you would like to apply for membership using this route, please proceed to our Online Membership Application which will guide you through the application process step by step, and enable you to provide the names of two sponsors.

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