ECPP Regulations on Grandparenting

1.1. The introduction of any new professional qualification means that the status of current practitioners needs to be recognised. This is especially important when the qualification is one whose possession could become necessary for professional privileges to be granted, as may happen with the ECPP certificate. It may be appropriate to insist that some practitioners demonstrate that they had training which meets the criteria of the ECPP, but this would be unreasonable in the case of practitioners who were already recognised as experts in their field but who have acquired most or all of their expertise through professional practice. This is the usual situation in new modalities, or in countries where psychotherapy is in a rapid phase of development. The process of recognising practitioners who have acquired expertise through practice and not necessarily training is known as 'grand parenting'.

1.2. Grand parenting is based on the following principles:

1.2.1. The high standards as defined by ECPP for its certificates are maintained.

1.2.2. The certificate cannot be awarded to a practitioner unless a recommendation to do so is received from a National Branch or National Representative.

1.2.3. Practitioners in countries without National Branch or Representative must not be disadvantaged by the procedures for awarding the Certificate.

1.2.4. The practitioner does not have to submit themselves for examination nor to undertake further training.

1.2.5. The ECPP retains the final authority over the award of the Certificate.

1.3. The criteria for grand parenting are:

1.3.1. A 'grand parented' practitioner has levels of skill equal or greater than to those of a practitioner trained to the standard of the ECPP.

1.3.2. The practitioner is a member either of ECPP or a National Branch and adheres to the code of ethics of ECPP.

1.3.3. The practitioner has expertise in a modality of psychotherapy which is recognised by the ECPP.

1.3.4. The practitioner has been in independent professional practice for a period appropriate to justify grand parenting.

1.3.5. Practitioners who are in training, or who have recently completed a training, will not normally be considered for grand parenting, but may have their training recognised retrospectively.

1.4. The procedures for grand parenting are:

1.4.1. The practitioner is recommended by a National Branch or Representative.

1.4.2. There is a recorded process whereby the practitioner's theoretical knowledge and skilful practice of a psychotherapeutic method has been considered by the National Branch or Representative. This may include a peer-review process, such as an interview by peers, or election by peers into a professional society. Any publications demonstrating relevant theoretical knowledge will be taken into account. Length of practice and types of work will be considered.

1.4.3. The National Branch or Representative will submit the names of practitioners for the award of the ECPP by grand parenting to the Certification and Accreditation Committee of ECPP with full information together with the Application Form duly filled and the Ethical Statement.

1.4.4. The Applicant for Grand parenting pays the Certification Fee to the National Branch or ECPP directly when there is no National Branch in the country.

1.4.5. The Certification and Accreditation Committee of ECPP gives the final approval.

1.4.6. ECPP adds the certified person to the Register on the Website and archives the approved Application Form and the Ethical Statement.

1.4.7. ECPP sends the Certificate (PC, TAC or SC) to the National Branch or the Applicant directly.

1.4.8. ECPP charges 50% of the Certification Fee to the National Branch or pays 50% of the fee to the National Representatives for the expenses caused.

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