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Fee increase announcement (From June 1st)

Membership Fees

From June 1st 2021, ACTO is introducing a small increase in its membership fees to keep pace with inflation. They are as follows:

Level 1 Member from £38.75 to £40 
Level 2 Professional Member (including directory) from  £56.75 to £60 
Level 3 Senior Professional Member from £56.75 to £60 
Associate from £30 to £35  
Student from £19 to £20 
Supervisors Directory from £12 to £15

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Volunteers wanted

We have been listening to you and we would like to give the members more input. Over the next two months the website will be completely overhauled by a professional designer. We want to do this well, so we are forming a small website working group. It will be headed up by me, the webmaster. It will include a few of your directors but we would also like to include some members.

Tasks would include:

Go through the current web content and select what stays and what goes

Help to think of a menu structure to make it easier to find your way around the website

Help setting the parameters for the new improved directories

Help thinking about images and new content for the website

Help thinking of what benefits we can add for members

If that appeals to you (It will involve several meetings with the working group and will take some hours of your time) and you want to help make the ACTO website better please email me at as soon as possible.

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As the online world changes, ACTO has responded

As always, we welcome as “ACTO Professional Members”, therapists who have completed tutor-led, assessed ‘Certificate” courses (Level 2).

We now also welcome as ACTO Members  therapists who have done (unassisted) Level 1 CPD courses around online therapy.

ACTO also wants to encourage advanced training – so we have created ‘Senior Professional Membership’.

So – three levels of Membership – and three levels of ACTO Online Training Provider courses to match them.

The headlines:

  • If you were a “Professional Member” of ACTO prior to 01/10/2020, you will continue as an “ACTO Professional Member” (Level 2). Nothing to do. Nothing changes.
  • If you have done CPD (especially an ACTO Level 1 course) you can become an ACTO Member – with all the benefits of Membership – but not listing on the Professional Register.
  • For those who completed an advanced training (typically 200 – 300+ hours) or have an online supervision qualification (c. 100+ hours), you can apply for ACTO Senior Professional Membership.

How to apply

After a pause to regroup and prepare our processes and paperwork, we reopen for new applications and renewals on 1st November.

  • If you wish to join ACTO, please visit the website. There are individual pages describing the individual levels of Membership and Membership benefits – and Application forms there. ACTO Membership (Level 1) costs £38.75.

ACTO Professional Level and Senior Professional Membership (Levels 2 & 3) cost £56.75.

  • If you are renewing, ACTO will contact you, as before.
  • If you wish to upgrade your membership from Level 2 to Level 3, you can do so at this point.
  • If you wish to upgrade your membership from Professional to Senior Professional Level at a different time from your renewal, you can do so for a one-off fee of £25. This is to cover processing and ‘enhancing’ your entry on the Professional Register.
  • If your training is non-ACTO or you wish to change membership levels other than by a course, we are rolling out a ‘grand-parenting’ programme. Please contact us for further information.

We hope that you will continue to value ACTO Membership. We have an exciting programme of developments in hand.

Adrian M Rhodes

Chair, ACTO

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Looking for an exciting new opportunity?

Looking for an exciting new opportunity?

The world of online counselling and psychotherapy is changing – and you can help to shape it by joining our team of directors on the ACTO Board

ACTO is always on the look-out for talent and energy to join the Board of Directors. In recent months, our profession has seen significant changes with the huge growth in the practice of online psychotherapy and counselling. We are keen to support that development by broadening our team with new directors.

There are opportunities for members to join our Board as ‘Directors without portfolio’; however we are particularly in need of expertise in the following areas:-

A Director of Training – to help us:

  • improve our training standards;
  • support our Training Organisations;
  • encourage other online training organisations to join the ACTO family.

A Director for Inclusivity/Diversity, to:

  • help us decide what this director should be called!
  • champion issues of inclusion and diversity within ACTO;
  • disseminate awareness and understanding of inclusion and diversity in online work.

An International Director (or deputy)

  • this is a passion of our Chair – but he hasn’t sufficient time to manage it fully:
  • to bring the long-awaited International Directory to fruition, to develop and manage it;
  • to link in with the international organisations devoted to online work;
  • to develop a network of ACTO ‘chapters’ around the world.

If you are interested, please contact the Chair of ACTO at: for an informal chat.

Adrian M Rhodes

Chair, ACTO

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