Order in Council creating a Health Professions Council
Recent contact with the Department of Health confirms that the government seeks to pursue 'statutory regulation of psychotherapists counsellors and related groups' There will be 'full consultation with all the stakeholders'.
How bizarrely wonderful to find that a department of state is a great deal more open-minded and valuing of plurality and inclusion than the regulationist bureaucracies arising from the psycho-practice field?
What counts as 'consultation and who counts as a stake-holder remains to be seen. The DofH will need advanced skills in the herding of cats to get the BCP and the BAC (to name only two) under one roof.
But fear works wonders and despite the extreme contradiction of counsellors actively raising anxieties in others... the mickey mouse counselling tendency at the BAC +newly discovered P are currently busy doing just that...
In CPJ March 2001 (the BAC+P's refurbished journal...) Sally Aldridge Head of Accreditation is quoted as saying...
'What it means for our members is that they must get themselves accredited for their own protection for the future'... 'When they bring in regulation it will be individuals who will be registered. It will be registration by title which means that only those who are registered will be able to call themselves counsellors and psychotherapists. So if you haven't hit the standard you won't be able to practise'.
Feel the fear... do what we tell you...
These are Counsellors, or at least admin. staff speaking in the language of coercion and anxiety.
Just as the BAC was asleep to the developments around them... they appear asleep to the ethical implications of the above kinds of power play.
Judging by the surprising amount of traffic on this site since it opened in September 1999 IPNOSIS is becoming a key source of information for those inside the regulationist compound too.
We hope you will continue to join us here in following the development of The Health Professions Council. IPNOSIS welcomes insider comments, objections, whistle blowing (and guarantees discretion).
Because the structures of the Psychotherapy Bill are likely to continue to form the basis of elbow work between psycho-counselling stakeholders... and because it epitomises how badly legislation can be drawn... IPNOSIS will keep the text of the published Bill available here. The review below is an adequate and readable account of the whole of it
read Detailed comprehensive review of the first draft of the bill
download detailed comprehensive review of the first draft of the bill as .rtf