For background on the professionalisation and regulation of psychotherapy be sure check out our growing collection of articles and other items here on IPNOSIS and on our sister site G.O.R.I.L.L.A.
IPNOSIS welcomes comments and especially contradictions. We'd love to see a cogently argued article that explains why the Statutory Regulation of psychotherapy is a good idea.
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The Psychotherapy Bill was 'given its first reading', i.e. introduced, in the House of Lords on May 18th.
IPNOSIS continues to be a key focus for dissenting views on this legislation. We will try to keep you up to date with developments as the Bill progresses through the House of Lords
A DIVIDED PROFESSION
One of the fictions that the regulationists would have us beleive is that the Psychotherapy Bill will magic into place a unified psuychtoherapy profession....
....some chance... in a statement in the last issue of Counselling the Chief Executive of the BAC revealed that, like IPN, BAC had had haughty treatment from Lord Alderdice and they too had been refused a voice in the discussions on the Psychotherapy Bill draft...
Speaking of which... the published Bill is virtually identical to last Autumn's draft even down to the continued use of male pronouns to describe all practitioners mentioned in it...
...an archaic parliamentary convention? perhaps but what are all those women therapists doing signing up for a grossly sexist document... and... I remember a senior UKCP person saying that she had as yet failed to get equal opportunities on the UKCP agenda...
...It may be unrelaible but a surprising number of people in and around the Psychotherapy Bill think it has no chance whatever of becoming law and at least one MP we know will block any attempt to bring it into the Commons.. so why... go to so much trouble...? Unless your intention is a dry run of the topic in the Lords....run up the SR flag and see who salutes and who blows raspberries... or as some machievellian fantasists guess that The Bill is all a strategem to heal the split between BCP and UKCP and becoming law is not on Lord Alderdice's agenda.
...and if there is little activity round the Bill from now on... might that have some connection with the continuing evidence of the gross inadequacies of the medical model of regulation that the Psychotherapy Bill mimics... Bristol...Ledward...Slade
...rumours are reaching us too of 'difficulties' with the Osteopaths regulatory body the recently enacted close relative of the psychotherapy Bill... a collection of 'unregistered' osteopaths are gathering strength and seeking to challenge the Council which appears to be in serious financial difficulties in the first weeks of operation.
Some of us, while acknowleging the value of psychoanalytic ways of working with the human condition... tend to see the social relations within the psychoanalytic tendencies as having had an especially unhelpful influence on the UKCP's style.
Two books have emerged recently that delineate this influence...Nick Totton's excellent Politics and Psychotherapy Sage gives a more sympathetic and informed perspective on pscyhanalytic origins than often emerges from the humanistic practitioners...and Kornser's fascinating study of the social relations of psychoanalysis worldwide... if you want to taste some of the reasons why the UKCP and BCP are so uncreative, even asleep around power, try reading the 'Conclusion' of Kornser's book, substituting 'psychotherapy' for 'psychoanalysis'.
If, like IPNOSIS, you find the statutory regulation of psychotherapy offensive and oppressive...we'd like to hear from you.
The very considerable and sustained criticism and resistance to the proposals for Statutory Regulation that the Psychotherapy Bill now brings into parliament have been ignored by UKCP and to a marginally less extent BCP..(see Shrinkwrapping Psychotherapy)
However it's possible, but not certain, that some channels for this dissent may open up in the House of Lords... and if so, IPNOSIS would like to be able to pass on the widest range of cogently argued objections to the Psychotherapy Bill.
A short A4 page in 'headline style' setting out your reasons for objecting to this bill would be great. We already have a several examples... be sure to include who you are... your line of work... your training, experience etc. Mail your page as soon as possible to IPNOSIS London W4 2PW Alternatively you can
e-mail them to IPNOSIS
Even more alternatively, use the form below to express your views on the Statutory Regulation of psychotherapy.
You can also send your comments directly to Lord Alderdice by e-mail or by post to: Lord Alderdice House of Lords Westminster, London SW1A OPW
This informal survey seeks to identify psychopractitioners who object to the Psychotherapy Bill currently in the House of Lords.
Support our efforts to ensure the Bill is rejected by completing the survey below and e-mailing it us.
nb UK residents only please...if you haven't seen the proposals, here is a readable and comprehensive review of the Psychotherapy Bill
Please check any of the boxes below that match your views/situation:
n.b. The information you submit via this form will be used solely for the purposes of lobbying legislators and stakeholders in the UK parliament as the Psychotherapy Bill is considered.