Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Guidelines

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Guidelines

An average of 30 hours per year of Continuing Professional Development is required by NAPCP (i.e. a total of 150 hours over each five-year period).

  • In the past, acceptable forms of CPD largely focused on attendance at workshops, seminars etc., but NAPCP has now set out guidelines referencing other forms of CPD that are also acceptable.  CPD may come from any of the twelve categories listed below.
  • Hours claimed should be supported by copies of attendance certificates or other proof of completion e.g. presentation slides, copy of book review etc.
  • The hours reported must be drawn from at least three of these categories, though they may be drawn from a larger number of categories or even from all twelve categories.
  • From January 2020, the minimum amount of workshops towards annual CPD is 12 hours per year and the maximum amount of supervision is 6 hours per year.

Keep track of your CPD by downloading our CPD log here NAPCP Annual CPD Log


CPD Activities
1. Attending conferences/workshops/lectures/seminars/reading groups or other shared learning environments that address counselling/psychotherapy theory and practice
2. Attending workshops/courses related to the business of counselling/psychotherapy (particularly relevant to those who are self-employed)
3. Undertaking online training modules related to counselling/psychotherapy
4. Continuing education (higher education courses relevant to counselling/ psychotherapy)
5. Engaging in activities for or on behalf of a profession-related committee e.g. membership of Governing Body, committee work etc.
6. Giving a lecture or seminar on a course or a presentation at a conference/workshop  that directly relates to counselling and psychotherapy theory or practice (includes preparatory work, research etc.)
7. Reviewing a book or article relevant to counselling/psychotherapy
8. Writing and publishing articles or books relating to counselling/psychotherapy
9. Experience of mentoring a member of staff in a counselling/psychotherapy context
10. Working as a trainer in the field of psychotherapy, or in related fields that call for psychotherapeutic skills
11. Engaging in self-care, and/or self-reflective activities e.g. meditation, yoga, mindfulness, personal therapy, reflective journaling. (Maximum average of 5 hours per year, i.e. maximum total of 25 hours over the five-year period.)
12. Supervision – maximum of 6 hours per year

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