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APA PsycTherapy 2017

Available to purchase until

Observe the practice of psychotherapy in action. PsycTHERAPY is a database containing more than 500 streaming videos of therapy demonstrations showing clinicians working with individuals, couples, and families designed for students, academics and seasoned professionals in psychotherapy and counselling.

Key Facts

Reduced pricing from 1 August 2019


  • Shared savings in excess of £4 million

  • Option to switch provider annually 

  • One or 3 year commitment

Key dates

Agreement start date: 1 August 2017

Agreement end date: 31 July 2020

Invoice Date: In years subsequent to the initial invoice Institutions will be invoiced three months in advance of the anniversary date of the Agreement, on 1 May

Single year commitments will renew automatically UNLESS cancellation notice has been given before 1 May.


From 1 May 2020 different rates of VAT apply to some eresources:

  • Standard rate applies to PsycTherapy video content and to Service Provision from both providers.

Licence Type

Site licence

Commitment Period

This Agreement is of 3 years duration. Institutions may join the agreement at any time during the agreement period. They will then be committed to the end of the Agreement Period unless they have taken a single year commitment AND provided appropriate cancellation notice.

Eligible Institutions

Higher and Further Education and Research Councils in the United Kingdom, and to Universities and Colleges of Further Education in the Republic of Ireland.

Other organisations aligned with Jisc’s charitable objectives of supporting education, research bodies and the public sector may ask to participate in the Agreement. Chest will liaise with the Supplier about any such requests.

Background Information

Continuation of the previous popular agreement for these essential resources.

Product Information

Supplier Details

Owner: American Psychological Association (APA) 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242

Service Provider: PsycTHERAPY is available through the APA PsycNET and EBSCO platforms.

Product Description

Designed for students, faculty and seasoned professionals in psychotherapy and counseling, PsycTHERAPY® is the only subscription database of therapy demonstration videos specifically developed to enable viewers to observe how therapists spontaneously employ different approaches and techniques in practice. More than 500 streaming videos provide examples of renowned therapists working with participants on a host of therapy topics, which when combined with powerful search, clip-making, and playlist capabilities makes this a unique resource and educational tool.

Key benefits of PsycTHERAPY

  • See first-hand, unscripted psychotherapy for hundreds of topics, including health and relationship problems, addiction, anxiety, and depression, among others
  • Streaming video format allows users to observe psychotherapy techniques put into practice by master practitioners, including approaches such as emotion-focused therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and many more
  • Quickly find videos of relevance with professional indexing of terms and information about the participants, session content, and therapeutic approaches
  • Synchronized and searchable transcripts make finding relevant videos and clips quick and easy
  • Capture and share specific examples with other authorized users by creating video clips and playlists.

Access and Identity Management Solution

Solution APA PsycNET
IP address range








Username / Password




*APA is prepared to move to Shibboleth as soon as there is a sufficient number of institutions in the Shibboleth Foundation to support testing

Technical Function Specification

PsycTHERAPY is available through the APA PsycNET and EBSCO platforms. Please refer to  the technical responses provided by the Service Providers in the Comparison Table.

Technical Function 




Full Text Linking



All providers compliant

Federated Searching

Z39.50 protocol 


All providers compliant




All providers compliant


All providers compliant


All providers compliant

Metadata Standards

Dublin Core


Most providers compliant



Most providers compliant



Most providers compliant

Embargo Periods




Digital Preservation








Usage Statistics



All providers compliant



All providers compliant


Web Content Accessibility Guidelines


Most providers compliant
APA Accessibility Statement

Personalisation features

See Service Provider Comparison Table for full details

Service Levels

See Service Provider Comparison Table for full details


Frequency of data upload:

  • APA PsycNET - twice weekly

  • EBSCO - daily


All additions and new functionality will be incorporated at no additional charge.

Service and Support


30 day free trials are available. To arrange a trial please contact Chest Help

Login information

This will be provided by your chosen service provider.  

Technical Support

Support will be provided via a single contact or his/her deputy at each Institution. Contact details:


Product Documentation

The Service Providers supply a variety of materials to support institutions so that they can maximise usage.


  • Search guides, topic guides, quick reference guides, database documentation, scheduled webinars, individually arranged webinars, training videos, training at conferences. See
  • Print quick reference guides are also available free of charge in quantity for distribution to users by contacting psycinfo@apa.org
  • These materials can also be linked to the learning management system or organization web site without seeking APA’s permission.

Training and Training Materials


  • Search guides, quick reference guides, topic guides, database documentation, scheduled webinars, individual webinars, training videos, training at conferences. We will also provide webinars for faculty and students, researchers, clinical or other staff that use the databases. See
  • Print quick reference guides are also available in quantity for distribution to users by contacting psycinfo@apa.org

Product Documentation

Comprehensive help files are included in the online service.

Copying of hardcopy and electronic documentation is permitted.

Training and Training Materials

Making copies of training materials for teaching purposes is permitted.

Terms and Conditions

The Chest Order, together with the Licence Terms and Conditions, and any exceptions listed below, create a legally binding contract between your institution, organisation or company and the Licensor. Therefore please read the terms and conditions carefully and only submit a Chest Order if its terms and conditions are acceptable to your institution, organisation or company and you have the authority to make the financial commitment shown.


This agreement is not based on Standard Chest Agreement terms and conditions. Please make sure you read and accept APA's PsycTHERAPY licence terms.

There is one exception to these terms listed at the bottom of this page.

Payment Terms 

Pricing comprises two elements, the Data Fee and the Service Provision Fee. They are based on student FTE numbers. FTE Counts are taken from the HESA Statistics Table 2 for 2015/16 (the latest available at the time of contracting) or or FE and Ireland equivalent. Institutions once banded remain in this band for the duration of the agreement irrespective of whether their actual FTE count changes during that time.

HE Institutions can check their HESA Student FTE Number.

PsycTHERAPY is only available through APA PsycNET platform. Please check the spreadsheet for the appropriate fee. Contact Chest Help if you need advice.

The licence year is 1 August to 31 July. All licences terminate on 31 July 2020. Single and three year options are available. Monthly prorata charging applies to licences ordered partway through the licence year.

Please submit an order for the data fee. Chest Help will email you to confirm the final price, including Service provision, owed.  

All Purchase orders must be made out to All Purchase orders must be made out to JISC, 4 Portwall Lane, Bristol, BS1 6NB.

All terms contained in a PO are expressly rejected and do not form part of the Licence or vary the Licence terms in any way.

Institutions will be invoiced by Jisc in either pounds (£ UK) with the amount converted at the time when the invoice is raised or by arrangement in US $.

Payments are due within thirty days of invoice date; recipients of late payments are entitled to interest in accordance with UK statutory provisions.

What are institutions and library services allowed to do?

Yes - Allowed  No - Not allowed


Keep a local cached copy for Educational Purposes

 Yes or No

Incorporation of parts of the Licensed Material

 Yes or No

Deposit learning and teaching objects in repositories

 Yes or No

Interlibrary loan

 Yes or No

Who can use the resource?


On site

Remote access







Walk-in users



Alumni members



What can authorised users do?

The resources can be used for Educational Purposes – defined as:

  • education
  • teaching
  • distance learning
  • private study
  • academic research
  • administration and management of the Licensee’s educational or research operations


  • See the Licence for any exclusions and restrictions
  • The resources may not be used for anything other than Educational Purposes unless the Licence Extension for Commercial Projects has been bought; this allows use for the restricted “Commercial Projects” defined – see Annex B of the Licence (Licence Extension for Commercial Projects)
  • Downloading of large amounts of material by authorised users that might be considered ‘systematic’.

Termination Clauses

Subject to any Fee shown on the Website, the Licensee may retain an electronic copy of the Licensed Material in its archives for reference only.  Copies of parts of the Licensed Material already made and/or used by the Licensee or Authorised may be retained and used in accordance with the terms of this Licence Agreement.

[List other rights granted. Here are some examples of what might be included.]

  • Archive Rights
  • Opt out rights and notice period
  • Post Cancellation Access Rights
  • Rights following acquisition by new owner]

It is the intention of Eduserv and <Supplier> to renew this <n> year Agreement. If the Agreement is renewed or extended, then new conditions may apply. If the Agreement is not renewed, then any extension is a matter between institutions and <Supplier>.

Personal Licences

Personal licences are not available.

Exceptions to the Terms and Conditions

There is one exception to the Licence terms – the applicable law, has been agreed with APA and states the licence is governed by the laws of England and Wales.

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