The Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) is the professional body for Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists in the UK. Child and adolescent psychotherapy is a core NHS profession with members completing a four year full-time training in NHS child and adolescent mental health services.
This enables them to develop high level competencies and to provide specialist psychotherapy across a range of settings to some of the most vulnerable children and young people in society.
Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists have a key role in supporting other professionals who work with infants, children and young people, and their families, across the health, care, education and justice sectors.
The ACP is responsible for regulating the training and practice standards of child and adolescent psychotherapy and is an accredited register of the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
We’re campaigning for all CAMHS services to have access to an ACP registered child psychotherapist.
Then every child can benefit from their skills, expertise and experience as part a truly comprehensive system of support.
The ACP registers psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists trained to work with children and young people from 0-25. The Register of Members shows all of our members, their registration category and their current membership status.
See ACP Member, Jane Elfer's letter in the Guardian, responding to research highlighting the link between social media use and depressive symptoms.
ACP member Katie Argent, comments on what appropriate actions need to be taken if a young person disclosed a significant risk of harm to themselves or others