For Criterion 6 we want you to tell us about a recent CPD activity and how it has influenced your practice.

You need to be clear about how the chosen activity has given you new learning that you've taken into your work with clients. There needs to be a traceable link between:

  1. the chosen activity
  2. the reasons for choosing it
  3. how you made use of the related learning

The criterion is divided into three sub-criteria with a total word limit of 900 words. It's up to you how you divide this between the sub-criteria.

Set out your text clearly, showing the sub-criterion number - 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 - next to the evidence you're presenting.

6.1 Describe a CPD activity, relevant to your area of practice that you have undertaken in the 12 months before applying for accreditation

Just tell us about one CPD activity that you've undertaken in the 12 months before you submit your application.

You can't use your core training which you submitted for Criterion 4. However you can use post qualifying distance or on-line learning. Alternatively you can use part of longer post qualifying training, as long as it took place within the 12 month time frame. 

Supervision is an essential professional requirement, so cannot be considered as CPD. Personal therapy can’t be considered either but will be addressed in criterion 7 when evidencing self-awareness.

You don’t need to provide a certificate of attendance.

6.2 Provide the reasons for choosing the activity

Tell us why you chose this activity with reference to your current practice - ’I chose this CPD activity because...’

Explain how it's relevant to your practice, for example, learning about brief therapy or trauma training.

6.3 Show how the activity has influenced your practice

You need to select a CPD activity in which you’ve been able to apply your learning to practice. Tell us how this CPD has subsequently influenced your practice with a range of clients. We’re not specifically look for case material but how the activity has influenced your practice in general.

For example, if you chose to learn about brief therapy, describe how you now bring brief therapy interventions into your overall way of working.


Should I include case material in criterion 6.3

We want you to tell us how this development activity has influenced your practice with a range of clients. So we're not specifically looking for case material here, but how it has influenced your practice in general. You will be providing us with case material for criterion 9.

Can I use a training course that I went on in order to enable me to work with one specific client?

Yes, but you'd hope that the learning and development you took from that could be used in your practice in general. You need to be able to demonstrate how it has influenced your practice.

I haven’t been able to use what I learned from a recent training event yet. Can I still use this for criterion 6?

No, you need to be able to show how the training has had an impact on your counselling practice.

Does the CPD activity need to reflect ongoing work with a client or can it reflect developing themes across the whole workload?

If there are particular themes coming up in your counselling work, and you're aware you need additional training or development to enable you to work safely with these clients, that's the type of training we want you to tell us about.

Can mandatory training that has been directed by an employer be used for evidencing CPD across criterion 6?

The organisation should have a rationale for why they want you to do that training with relevance to your practice. So you must be able to tell us the reason for undertaking the training rather than just saying I did it because my employer said so.

Can I use my personal therapy to meet criterion 6?

Criterion 7 is all about your self-awareness. Developing self-awareness through personal therapy really belongs in criterion 7 not in criterion 6.

Can I count supervision as a CPD activity for criterion 6?

No, you can't use supervision for criterion 6. Supervision is an ongoing requirement for all therapists while CPD is specifically training or development activities that you do over and above your core practitioner training.