Grandparenting Route

Grandparenting Route

The ‘Grandparenting’ route to ACTO Membership is for therapists who have CPD and experience in delivering online therapy – but have not completed an ACTO approved training. It is also for ACTO members who wish to upgrade their Membership level.

We realise that many therapists have been working online for years, maybe since before there were training courses available. For those who fall into this category ACTO has developed a ‘grandparenting’ process.

This is a work in progress. Keep an eye out on different membership levels rolling out. In June 2021 the grandparenting for ACTO professional members went live.

The levels

If the level you want doesn’t appear below, the process has not been finalised.

Please email us to discuss how we can process your application.

  • The ACTO Grandparenting Panel assess the following:
  • F2F diplomas (you need a core F2F certification)
  • Online counselling courses and CPD portfolio
  • Online experience
  • A supervisor’s report
  • Your online practice information pack (e.g. contract, “about me”, assessment forms etc)
  • Write an essay (using ACTO compentences) about your practice
  • Case study (Using ACTO competences)

Case study should:

  • include at least two different clients
  • show examples from actual case work

Marking of the essay and the case study to be assessed against ACTO Competences

Points system of assessment against 10 Competences:

2 points pass; 1 point partial; 0 points fail; 15 points to pass.

After the panel have assessed the portfolio, the applicant will be invited to a 30 minute video meeting to discuss case study.

  • The fee for Grandparenting to ACTO Professional Membership is £200; it is non-returnable. This includes one year of membership and directory entry.

Upgrading from ACTO Membership to ACTO Professional Membership (for individuals without a top up course):

ACTO will conduct the grandparenting in-house, reviewing the following

  • F2F diplomas (you need a core F2F certification)
  • Online counselling courses and CPD portfolio
  • Online experience
  • A supervisor’s report
  • Your online practice information pack (e.g. contract, “about me”, assessment forms etc)
  • Write an essay (using ACTO compentences) about your practice
  • Case study (Using ACTO competences)

Case study should include at least two different clients

Should show examples from actual case work

Marking of the essay and the case study to be assessed against ACTO Competences

Points system of assessment against 10 ACTO Competences

2 points pass; 1 point partial; 0 points fail; 15 points to pass.

After the panel have assessed the portfolio, the applicant will be invited to a 30 minute video meeting to discuss case study.

  • The fee for Grandparenting to ACTO Professional Membership is £200; it is non-returnable. This includes one year of membership and directory entry.

  1. For applicants with an ACTO OTP ACTO Membership (Level 1) training, ACTO outsources top-up courses to the OTP which provided the original training.

The ACTO Grandparenting Panel and the have OTP agreed

  1. The content of the top-up course, assessments, marking frames etc;
    1. That ACTO Grandparenting panel sample 10% of course graduates.
    1. Upgrading from Level 1 to Level 2 membership attracts a one-off ACTO administrative charge of £25 – but no change of Membership fee until the next renewal date.