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Accreditation Awarding Bodies

Applicants to Everything Healthcare should have an affiliation or accreditation from one of the awarding bodies listed below. If your individual body is not represented on the list below, please contact us and provide motivation as to why you believe yours should be included as a recognised provider of accreditation for your particular therapeutic discipline.  One of our team will review each application on it’s own merits.

Acupuncture Society

The Acupuncture Society is an association and register of professional acupuncture therapists and was formed to promote the development of TCM, Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and other Oriental Therapies such as Shiatzu, Tuina, Acupressure and Auricular & Microsystems Acupuncture as effective complementary medical practices. Our membership is composed of Chinese Traditional, Medical, Orthopaedic, Korean and Auricular Acupuncturists, Chinese Herbalists and Oriental Body Workers. (Source: https://www.acupuncturesociety.org.uk)

Website: https://www.acupuncturesociety.org.uk
Membership: https://www.acupuncturesociety.org.uk/membership 

Association and Register of Colon Hydrotherapists (ARCH)

ARCH is the UK’s leading community for Colon Hydrotherapists. Together we set standards, support our members and spread the word about this effective, natural treatment that we provide for thousands of people, from all walks of life, every week.

ARCH members are passionate about our therapy, because we see on a daily basis the real, positive effects it has on people’s lives, whether they’re suffering with digestive problems or simply looking for a natural boost to their health and wellbeing.

We’re here to help you, whether you want to find a Colon Hydrotherapist, learn how to become a Colon Hydrotherapist or just find out more about how ARCH works as a community to inform the public and support our members. (Source: http://colonic-association.org)

Website: http://colonic-association.org
Membership: http://www.colonic-association.org/joining-arch/how-to-join-arch/

Association for Professional Hypnosis & Psychotherapy (APHP)

There are many professional organisations for Hypnotherapists, though none of them have any ‘official’ standing as far as government is concerned, though many will seek to give that impression. APHP was established as a non-profit association in 1999 and to this day every penny of the membership fees goes to the running of the organisation and flying in top presenters from abroad to speak at our annual conference. No expenses or other charges are taken from the organisation and the board of management provide their services free of charge. (Source: https://www.aphp.co.uk/pages/join-aphp)

Website: https://www.aphp.co.uk
Membership: https://www.aphp.co.uk/pages/join-aphp

 

Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH)

The Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) was originally founded in 2010 by David Newton, considered by many to be the father of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. By the time it was fully launched in 2011, the AfSFH had welcomed many Solution Focused Hypnotherapists on board, who wanted to join and be represented by a professional body solely dedicated to the discipline of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. Since then, the organisation has grown from strength to strength, and we are proud to represent a growing number of therapists both nationally and internationally. (Source: https://afsfh.com/about-us)

Website: https://afsfh.com
Membership: https://afsfh.com/apply 

Association of Biodynamic Massage Therapists (ABMT)

Biodynamic massage is a psychotherapeutic form of massage concerned with the integration of all aspects of an individual – physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual within the context of an individual’s life and relationships at home, at work and at leisure.  It is derived from methods used in Norwegian physiotherapy and was developed and brought to the U.K. by Gerda Boyesen, psychologist, physiotherapist and analyst. (Source: http://www.abmt.org.uk/about-biodynamic-massage.html)

Website: http://www.abmt.org.uk
Membreship: http://www.abmt.org.uk/becoming-a-member.html

Association of Physical & Natural Therapists (APNT)

The APNT is a national multidisciplinary organisation established in 1986 by Mario Paul Cassar DO with the aim of representing practitioners of complementary medicine who have reached the requisite standards of training and education.APNT is approachable and welcomes feedback and enquiries from members and non-members. (Source: https://apnt.org/about/)

Website: https://apnt.org
Membership: https://apnt.org/join/ 

Association of Reflexologists (AoR)

The Association of Reflexologists is a not-for-profit association which has been delivering excellence in reflexology for highly qualified reflexologists, healthcare providers and members of the public since 1984.

The Association of Reflexologists (AoR) was established in 1984 and is a not-for-profit organisation. Today it is the foremost aspirational and independent professional association for reflexology in the UK providing support for more than five thousand members across the UK and overseas. Members of the AoR have some of the highest levels of reflexology qualification in the UK. The letters MAR after their name denotes their membership status – a sign of assurance that they have met the strictest standards of reflexology practice, they are insured to practise and that they are committed to continually developing their skills and knowledge. (Source: https://www.aor.org.uk)

Website: https://www.aor.org.uk 
Membership:  https://www.aor.org.uk/join-the-aor/

Bowen Association UK (BAuk)

The Bowen Association UK was set up in 1997 and is governed by its members.

The aims of the association are to:

  • Provide technical and practical support for Bowen therapists and their clients
  • Provide a practitioner referral service for the general public
  • Increase awareness of the Bowen Technique to the general public and health professionals.
  • Increase the skills and knowledge of Bowen practitioners and aid in the development of a deeper understanding of the technique through research.
  • Keep at the forefront of current government legislation regarding Complementary Medicine in the UK and Europe and to ensure that practitioners are kept informed of developments in this area.
  • Ensure that practitioners adhere to the Association’s code of ethics.
  • Keep practitioners informed of latest developments through regular newsletters
  • Liaise with Bowen Training UK to provide specialist workshops, courses and refreshers for practitioners as well as introductory level courses
    (Source: https://www.bowen-technique.co.uk/about_us.php)

Website: https://www.bowen-technique.co.uk
Membership: https://www.bowen-technique.co.uk/become_member.pdf

Bowen Therapy Professional Association (BTPA)

BTPA is an autonomous non-profit organisation run by Bowen Therapists for Bowen Therapists. The association provides a Constitution, Ethics and Code of Practice to help our members work professionally. BTPA assesses and accredits new courses for members’ Continuing Professional Development (CPD). BTPA promotes Bowen Therapy through funding and attending conferences and exhibitions, organising ‘Bowen Study programmes’, social media and press articles. (Source: https://www.bowentherapy.org.uk/index.php)

Website: https://www.bowentherapy.org.uk
Membership: https://www.bowentherapy.org.uk/joining-btpa.php

British Alliance of Healing Associations (BAHA)

BAHA is one of the oldest and largest body of UK Healing Associations with many Associations representing a significant number of Healers. As a Regulator we work with the Dept of Health, Skills For Health, NHS Groups, and other Umbrella Healing Groups and International Organisations to develop the Standards within the Healing Sector. As well as providing Healing services via our Member Associations, we are one of the leading voices in Spiritual Healing and work with other Healing Networks around the world. The British Alliance of Healing Associations is a properly constituted Charity that was originally formed in 1976 using the title of The British Alliance of Healing Associations. Charitable status was acquired in 1982. (Source: https://www.britishalliancehealingassociations.com)

Website: https://www.britishalliancehealingassociations.com
Membership: https://www.britishalliancehealingassociations.com/content/why-join

British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT)

The British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) is the professional body for Nutritional Therapists. Its primary function is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect the client’s interests, nutritional therapy and the Nutritional Therapist. (Source: https://www.bant.org.uk/bant/jsp/index.faces)

Website: https://www.bant.org.uk
Membership: https://www.bant.org.uk/bant/jsp/benefitsOfJoining.faces

British Association of Therapeutic Hypnotists & NLP practitioners (BAThH)

The Association was formed in 1951 and was the first properly constituted body for professional hypnotists in the UK and is a founder member of the United Kingdom Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations. (Source: https://www.bathh.co.uk/about-bathh/

Website: https://www.bathh.co.uk
Membership: https://www.bathh.co.uk/join/

British Institute of Hypnotherapy (BIH)

The British Institute of Hypnotherapy & NLP (BIH) is one of 12 registering organisations belonging to the UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations (UKCHO). 

BIH practitioners are accountable for the services they offer and deliver to the public.  They agree to uphold the BIH Code of Ethics in all aspects of their work with the public.  (Source: https://www.britishinstituteofhypnotherapy-nlp.com)

Website:  https://www.britishinstituteofhypnotherapy-nlp.com
Membership: https://www.britishinstituteofhypnotherapy-nlp.com/join

British Reflexology Association (BRA)

The British Reflexology Association was founded in 1985 to act as a representative body for persons practising the method of Reflexology as a profession and for students training in the method. The Association also aims to help promote the practice of Reflexology in Great Britain and abroad. (Source: https://www.britreflex.co.uk

​Website: https://www.britreflex.co.uk
Membership: https://www.britreflex.co.uk/bra-membership

British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH)

The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) is a national professional body whose aim is to promote and assure high standards in clinical hypnotherapy. Registration requires good quality training, ethical practice and compliance with our code of conduct. We only accept therapists from training schools that can demonstrate the required proficiency. As a result you can choose with confidence from the British Society register of hypnotherapists. (Source: https://www.bsch.org.uk)

Website: https://www.bsch.org.uk
Membership: https://www.bsch.org.uk

British Wheel of Yoga (BWY)

The British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) was founded in 1965 by Wilfred Clark (1898 -1981), who had been practising yoga during his service in the army in the First World War.

In his civilian life, Wilfred became a journalist editing a newspaper in Sutton Coldfield. He began teaching yoga and it was this work that culminated in the founding of the Wheel. 

During his latter years, Wilfred devoted himself to spreading the yoga message, travelling the country to present at meetings and seminars. Wilfred died in 1981 having attended many BWY Congresses.

A bursary has been set up in his honour to be awarded to BWY teachers developing the teaching to support students with special needs.

The organisation began life as The Wheel of British Yoga but this was changed in 1969 to The Western Yoga Federation, which was registered as a charity in 1973. The name was changed to The British Wheel of Yoga in 1974.  (Source: https://www.bwy.org.uk/about/)

Website: https://www.bwy.org.uk
Membership: https://www.bwy.org.uk/join-the-bwy/

Complementary Health Professionals (CHP)

What we offer

Like you, we are therapists and we know how hard it is to maintain a complementary health practice. We are therefore committed in supporting you to make your life easier and give you everything you could want from your professional association.

Why we are different:

We have worked in this sector for over 25 years as therapists, educators and as representatives of our professions on regulatory boards and councils. We have been involved in the writing of National Occupational Standards, Core Curricula and for professional qualifications for City & Guilds. As a result, we feel we can offer you exactly what you need to help you run your business smoothly and successfully and we want to help bring complementary therapies back into the forefront of healthcare, including working within the NHS. (Source: https://www.complementaryhealthprofessionals.co.uk/about-us)

Website: https://www.complementaryhealthprofessionals.co.uk
Membership: https://www.complementaryhealthprofessionals.co.uk/membership-packages

Complementary Therapists' Association (CThA)

The CThA is the leading professional association for complementary therapists in the UK and Ireland founded in 1999 to support Complementary therapists once they have qualified.

CThA is passionate about ensuring that complementary therapies are recognised for their value in both the health and education sectors and as such works very closely with the Complementary and Natural Health Council (CNHC) to ensure that our members have a direct route to access their register if they chose to work in main stream health care.

Our members come from a diverse range of backgrounds and specialties and we are able to offer them a wealth of experience and support through our Council of specialists, as well as through our local and regional support groups. We understand the needs of our members and ensure that they are able to spend time with likeminded therapists by attending local and regional group events in order to share ideas and support each other in their daily work.

Due to our longevity and the high standards of therapists within our membership body we have achieved exemptions from the Special Treatment licenses required in many major Cities but in particular the London Boroughs, which can save our members up to £1000 per year and a lot of unnecessary administrative stress.

We all continue to work to ensure that CThA continues to be the Association of choice for all high quality therapists who are passionate about the amazing results complementary therapies can achieve and to raising awareness of their benefits for all. (Source: https://www.ctha.com/about-us/about-us-2/)

Website: https://www.ctha.com
Membership: https://www.ctha.com/members/qualified-professional/

Craniosacral Therapy Association (CSTA)
Counsellor Accrediting Bodies

The Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT)
Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)

Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP)
Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)

Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP)

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)

British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT)
Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)

British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)

British Psychodrama Association (BPA)

Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA)
Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)

European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT)

Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals (FDAP)

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The Human Givens Institute (HGI)
Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)

Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP)

The National Counselling Society (NCS)
Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)

Play Therapy UK (PTUK)
Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)

UK Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP)

UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA)

Friends of Yoga Society (FRYOG)

Friends of Yoga offers a teacher-training scheme with the ultimate award of ‘International Teaching Diploma’.

In 1994 Friends of Yoga gained affiliation to The Institute for Complementary Medicine. The Education Scheme operated by Friends of Yoga is recognised by the Institute for Complementary Medicine as an element of their own Course Accreditation Programme to enable students to develop their competence as part of their career structure and continuing professional development.

In 2007 we affiliated with BCYT (British Council for Yoga Therapy). This was decided by members ballot. Friends of Yoga will continue to liaise with and assist this organisation with its invaluable work. (Source: https://friendsofyoga.co.uk/about-fryog/)

Website: https://friendsofyoga.co.uk
Membership: https://friendsofyoga.co.uk/join-friends-of-yoga/

General Council and Register of Naturopaths (GCRN)

The GCRN is oldest registering body for practitioners of Naturopathy in the UK, tracing our roots back to 1920. Our vision, is to create a world where Naturopathic Medicine is recognised as a viable and bone fide alternative to conventional primary care medicine.

Our objectives:

  • To establish and maintain standards of education for practitioners and to provide for the inspection of colleges and courses of Naturopathy for the protection and benefit of the public.
  • To keep a register of persons qualified to practice Naturopathy in conformity with the standards of the Register.
  • To supervise the ethical behaviour and professional conduct of the practitioners enrolled on the Register.
  • To provide for and promote education, investigation and research into the science and art of Naturopathy and to disseminate the results of such research.
  • To establish in the UK a framework whereby Naturopaths work alongside conventional doctors, offering an alternative primary health care path for those who want it
  • To maintain our naturopathic roots while embracing modern advances in naturopathic care
    (Source: https://www.gcrn.org.uk/about-gcrn/)

Website: https://www.gcrn.org.uk
Membership: https://www.gcrn.org.uk/membership/

General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)

The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) and General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) are the UK’s largest and most prominent organisations within the field of Hypnotherapy and together present an exemplary model for the simultaneous protection of the public and the provision of practitioner credibility and services. The GHSC is responsible for overseeing the criteria for the ongoing registration of individual practitioners within the GHR, all complaints brought by the public against such registered practitioners and for the assessment and accreditation of hypnotherapy training courses which lead to that registration. It comprises more than 140 separate affiliated Professional Bodies & Training Schools. (Source: https://www.general-hypnotherapy-register.com)

Website: https://www.general-hypnotherapy-register.com
Membership: https://www.general-hypnotherapy-register.com/register-with-the-ghr/

Hypnotherapy Association

The Hypnotherapy Association is one of the leading organisations supporting hypnotherapists in practice in the UK. Established in 1997 and representing several hundred therapists, you can be sure to find the properly qualified, ethical and experienced practitioner to meet your needs, wherever you are in the UK. (Source: https://www.thehypnotherapyassociation.co.uk/aimsofthehypnotherapyassociation)

Website: https://www.thehypnotherapyassociation.co.uk
Membership: https://www.thehypnotherapyassociation.co.uk/applicationforms

Interactive Teaching Method Teachers Association (ITM)

The Interactive Teaching Method for the teaching of the FM Alexander Technique (ITM) was established in 1993. The ITM is an international organisation composed of a network of Alexander Technique teachers with a unique educational approach to teaching FM Alexander’s work. Alexander’s work is for anyone who is interested in gaining long-term success by learning new ways to think, move and live while enjoying a fulfilling blend of challenge, curiosity and fun. (Source: https://www.itmalexandertechnique.org

Website: https://www.itmalexandertechnique.org

Membership: https://www.itmalexandertechnique.org/itm-training-courses

International Cranial Association (ICRA)

ICrA is a multi-disciplinary, special-interest association of health professionals who include cranial therapy in their practice. ICrA exists to provide CPD and to support, maintain and develop the practice of cranial therapy.

Aims

  1. To provide a forum for members with a special interest in cranial therapy to network, share knowledge and skills, and develop their practice.

  2. To provide a point of contact for professionals, the public and the media who require information about Cranial Therapy practice.

  3. To provide information for practitioners wishing to undertake further training in Cranial Therapy (Note that the ICRA does not accredit courses).

  4. To liaise with the training providers for cranial therapists and the (currently voluntary) regulatory bodies which produce registers of practitioners meeting required standards, and contribute to the development of national regulation of Cranial Therapy via the Cranial Forum.

  5. To run as a not-for-profit organisation; elected officers will supply time on a voluntary basis; any surplus funds will be used to support the aims of the association.

Objectives

  1. To offer opportunities each year for practitioners and others to join the Association as full, associate or student members.

  2. To offer members benefits to members as above.

  3. To make a List of Members available to other practitioners and the public.

  4. To provide networking and CPD opportunities for members each year.

  5. To inform and consult with members about proposed changes at national level in the legal and regulatory framework for healthcare practice.

  6. To support members through advice, exchange of ideas and political representation.
    (Source: https://www.icra-uk.org/about.php)

Website: https://www.icra-uk.org
Membership: https://www.icra-uk.org/apply.php

The EMDR Association UK
  • Membership of both EMDR Association UK and EMDR Europe
  • Access to the accreditation process with free listing on the website to those who become accredited
  • Financial and professional support for EMDR-related research
  • Networking and information updates via regular emails on new developments in EMDR
  • Interactive website with password access to a special members’ area
  • Reduced fees at EMDR UK events including Annual Conference and Workshop
  • Reduced fees for EMDR Europe conferences
  • An eCopy Subscription to the International Journal of EMDR Practice and Research including all past copies
  • Access to Regional Group for peer supervision
  • Access to The EMDR Therapy Quarterly

By joining the Association you will also be supporting the promotion and dissemination of information about EMDR to decision-makers and the wider public.

Source: https://emdrassociation.org.uk/become-an-accredited-therapist/membership/ 

Website: https://emdrassociation.org.uk 

 

The Terence Watts BWRT Institute

BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®  – BWRT® – was created in 2011 by Terence Watts, a therapist, author of many books and training courses and principal of the Essex Institute in Essex, UK. Like many great ideas it was born out of a moment of inspiration while reading about some experiments carried out in 1983 which appeared to show that we don’t actually have free will in the way we usually think of it. More than that, it showed that decisions were made and acted upon by our mental processes before we become consciously aware of them.

It was immediately evident that this process accounted for a huge number of the psychological difficulties which so many people have to put up with, and obvious, too, that with some research it could provide the basis for a profound therapeutic intervention, something potentially more powerful and effective than anything that existed to date.

Source: https://www.bwrt.org/pages/about-us 

Website: https://www.bwrt.org 

Yoga Alliance

Yoga Alliance® is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community. Our mission is to promote and support the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga. We do this through:

  • Celebrating the diversity of yoga styles, traditions and lineages;
  • Advocating for self-regulation in the yoga industry and universal access to safe yoga practices;
  • Upholding the worldwide growth of yoga through education and community;
  • Educating the public on the value and credibility of voluntary registration with Yoga Alliance;
  • Encouraging safe yoga instruction by promoting adoption of Yoga Alliance’s quantitative Standards;
  • Inspiring members to foster an informal yoga community by providing fair and full feedback to Registered Yoga Schools, which fosters accountability and continual improvement;
  • Advocating to protect the yoga community from unfair or unnecessarily burdensome patents, taxation or government regulation;
  • Guiding yoga teachers and schools in achieving success with conscious and effective business practices; and
  • Serving the member community by supporting scholarship programs, providing benefits, and developing strategic alliances.

Currently, we have over 90,400 Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®) and more than 6,200 Registered Yoga Schools (RYS®). (Source: https://www.yogaalliance.org/About_Yoga_Alliance)

Website: https://www.yogaalliance.org
Membership: https://www.yogaalliance.org/AccountSetup