The Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling
Benefits of Membership
FPC is the professional community for therapists who qualified, or are in training, at WPF. As a community, FPC provides a range of benefits to support members in their clinical work. The work of FPC is made possible thanks to the voluntary contribution made by many of our members. The support you receive as a member of FPC comes from your fellow therapists who share your professional background through training at WPF.
The transition from trainee to graduate and into professional practice can be a daunting one and FPC can support you along every step of the way. The FPC Trainee Liaison Committee organises regular events at which WPF trainees can find out what will be required of them once they graduate and how FPC can support them.
The support package for new graduates complements the provision by WPF and includes: help with finding supervisors, peer support and professional executors; support in applying to the registers held by BPC, UKCP and BACP; information about setting up in private practice; and guidance on how to comply with ethical good practice and CPD requirements.
FPC has an online Psychotherapist Directory for members of the public looking for a psychotherapist. Additionally, other members of FPC can be one of your most important sources of referrals. Developing relationships within the FPC community by attending events and joining groups will be one of the best investments you make.
Each year FPC organises a range of events, seminars, lectures, conferences and more informal gatherings, many of which are free of charge to attend. The free events represent at least 15 hours of formal CPD giving you the opportunity to fulfil this aspect of your annual CPD requirements at no cost.
As a member of FPC you are encouraged to join the various Sections and Groups of Common Interest, or even get involved in setting up new groups. The groups meet regularly and offer peer support to members within their area of interest.
The work of FPC relies on volunteers and every member should consider what they can do to support the work of their community. Membership of the Board and Committees counts towards your CPD requirements as well. The Board of Directors oversees all of the work of FPC through their focus on developing strategy and providing financial oversight. The Ethics and Professional Standards Committee is responsible for maintaining the FPC Code of Ethics and supporting members with professional dilemmas. The Lecture Series Panel produces the programme for FPC events. The Trainee Liaison Committee focusses on supporting trainees.
As one of the largest membership organisations for psychotherapists, FPC engages with the work of BPC, UKCP and BACP to ensure that the interests of FPC members are promoted in the wider therapeutic environment.
Practicing as a therapist has many expenses and FPC is focussed on ensuring that your membership provides good value. In addition to having access to over 15 hours of free CPD activities, every member receives a free copy of the quarterly British Journal of Psychotherapy (BJP) and as a member of FPC you can benefit from a discount on a subscription to the International Journal of Psychoanalysis (IJP).
We are actively seeking ways to enhance the package of benefits and discounts and welcome suggestions from members.