Full Individual Membership Criteria 2017
From January 1st 2017 the new EABP Full Membership Criteria accepted at the EABP General Assembly Meeting in 2014 will come into effect.
Changes from the old criteria are marked in red.
EABP Full Membership signifies accreditation as a Certified 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.
NB. Some European countries may require other extra items for Membership than the EABP Membership criteria. In these cases it is the country laws that take precedence.
The applicant’s pre-education should be either a university degree or relevant level of professional education in the field of humanities.
Relevant life experience or professional experience in other fields can be acknowledged as an equivalent. The description of pre-education should be included in the curriculum vitae as a part of the applicant’s documentation.
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 (curriculum details) 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 in a recognized body psychotherapy modality.
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 250 (was 150) hours of on-going 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. Individual and group sessions are both counted as one hour. (Previously one three-hour session of group work was 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 150 hours (was 75 hours) of professional supervision by a body psychotherapist in either an individual or group context. Individual and group sessions are both counted as one hour. Previously one three-hour session of group supervision (more than three people) was 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 presentation 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.
Letters of recommendation from two EABP members.
NB: Graduates of accredited FORUM Training Institutes may automatically become full members of the EABP on applying to the National Association if there is one in their country, or directly to the EABP.
They must provide the following documentation:
- FORUM Training Institute Certificate and one letter from the Training Institute confirming the certification and the professional practice
- Documentation of Professional Practice after training: At least 400 hours of supervised professional practice as a body-psychotherapist over a period of at least two years
- Curriculum vitae.
Revised November 2016