Membership Criteria have to take into account that applicants come from different backgrounds. We welcome applicants that recently completed well-structured training programs as well as applicants that have longer professional experience although their former training may not have met all the requirements of current training standards. We need to offer all of them an inviting and accessible procedure, giving appreciation to other beneficial education and life experience. The description of pre-education and the production of a CV are here introduced on top of the old membership criteria. All these will contribute to getting insight into the applicants’ professional and personal background in a more substantial way than on the basis of merely counting the numbers of hours.
These EABP criteria are distinct from the criteria obtaining the ECP (European Certificate of Psychotherapy).
The EAP accredits an individual as being a fully trained European Psychotherapist if this person’s training institute is accredited as an EAPTI (European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institute), according to the EAP training standards and the requirements of personal therapy, supervision and professional practice. It is up to any training institute in body-psychotherapy to fulfil these EAP standards or not, or in the future.
For ongoing grand-parenting procedures for obtaining the ECP, applicants have to contact the NAO (National Awarding Organization) in their country for the specifics of their national situation.
EABP Full Membership indicates accreditation as a Certified European Body-Psychotherapist. The criteria that have to be fulfilled for the EABP Full Membership include pre-education, quality and quantity of training, personal psychotherapy, supervision and professional practice.
The applicant’s pre-education should be either a university degree or relevant level of professional education in the field of humanities.
The description of pre-education should be included in the CV as a part of the applicant’s documentation. Relevant life experience or professional experience in other fields can be acknowledged as an equivalent.
Training should be completed at an established training institute accredited by The FORUM of Body-Psychotherapy Organisations. Training at other
body-psychotherapy training institutes will also be acknowledged as long as
these institutes are well-known to EABP or the applicant can supply
convincing description, documentation and recommendations concerning
these training institutes.
The required amount of training includes at least 600 hours of professional
training as a psychotherapist over a period of at least four years, of which at
least 400 hours concern training in body-psychotherapy.
If these criteria have not been sufficiently fulfilled, other documented forms of
training and education that demonstrate the effort made for professional development can be acknowledged as an equivalent.
At least 150 hours of ongoing individual or group body-psychotherapy are required. At least 100 hours should be individual one-to-one sessions; ideally the therapist should not be the trainer.
One three-hour session of group work is counted equal to one hour of individual psychotherapy.
If these criteria have not been sufficiently fulfilled, documented
psychotherapy in other methods can be acknowledged as an equivalent.
At least 75 hours of professional supervision by a body psychotherapist in either an individual or group context.
One three-hour session of group supervision (more than three people) is counted equal to one hour of individual supervision.
If these criteria have not been sufficiently fulfilled, documented supervision in other methods can be acknowledged as an equivalent.
At least 400 hours of professional practice as a body-psychotherapist over a period of at least two years.
If these criteria have not been sufficiently fulfilled, other professional experience in connected fields can be acknowledged as an equivalent on base of appropriate documentation.
The required hours of personal psychotherapy, supervision and professional practice may have been integrated parts of the training program or may have been fulfilled outside, before or after the training.
Further requirements to become a full EABP member:
* sign the membership declaration
* supply letters of recommendation from two EABP members
* pay the membership fee.