About the role requirements

Please see our webpage Specialist Mentors for details of what the role entails.

Following changes to Disabled Students' Allowance, Specialist Mentors (Mental Health) are now required to undergo quality assurance through the Disabled Students' Allowance Quality Assurance Group.

As part of this quality assurance, they are required to be a member of a DSA-QAG approved professional body. UMHAN is one of these professional bodies.

Who can apply for membership?

At the moment we are not accepting mentor membership applications unless you're already a member of one of the professional bodies listed below. If that's the case you can apply for the specialist mentor membership through our application pack below. 

  1. Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) - Full member. 
  2. The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) - Accredited membership. 
  3. The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) -  Registered Member MBACP or MBCAP (Accred.)
  4. British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) - Under a member institution - Practitioners become registrants of the BPC through their membership of one of their member institutions. They do not have a category for individual membership. 
  5. British Psychological Society (BPS) - Chartered Member (CPsychol)/IAPT register/ Graduate Member (MBPsS) AND a PG qualification in Psychology or Mental Health. 
  6. Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA) –   Accredited (Other UK Professional body)
  7. Counsellor/Psychotherapist Member of COSCA   This category of membership requires you to be currently accredited with another recognised UK professional body for counselling and psychotherapy  
  8. Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP) -  National Counsellor Accreditation Certificate (NCAC) 
  9. General Medical Council (GMC) -   Psychiatry – Full member or above. 
  10. Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) -  Education and training programmes approved as a route to registration -  Arts Therapist/ Occupational Therapist/ Practitioner Psychologist/ Social Worker in England 
  11. Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) -  Accredited member  
  12. National Counselling Society (NCS)
  13. Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) -  Mental Health Nurse/ Community Mental Health Nurse / Psychiatric Nurse 
  14. Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)  
  15. Social Care Wales (SCW)
  16. Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) 
  17. UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) -  Full clinical individual member 
  18. The University Mental Health Advisers Network (UMHAN) – UMHAN mentor member.  (N.B. UMHAN accreditation routes are now closed).
  19. Association of Christian Counsellors (UK) - Accredited Counsellor  

N.B. There is no current accreditation route for those wanting to become a specialist mentor without the professional registration listed above.

Why become a member of UMHAN?

We are the only membership organisation that represents Specialist Mentors and mental health professionals in Higher Education. With 400 members in over 100 institutions, we are well placed to understand and advocate for our members. This includes representation to funding bodies, relevant government departments and Higher Education leadership bodies. We offer networking and training opportunities.

Requirements of Members

Membership of UMHAN requires a commitment to ongoing CPD and adherence to a code of practice. Specialist Mentors must renew their membership of UMHAN annually to continue to be registered with DSA QAG to provide this support.


UMHAN membership for new applicants at the beginning of the membership year will cost £90 to be paid in one instalment.


Your referee must be a member of one of the approved bodies listed above. If they are not a member of one of these bodies, but they are a member of an equivalent body, please contact us, so we can advise on suitability.

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