New Open Letter from the Person-Centred Community asks BACP to Halt SCoPEd and Open an Inclusive Dialogue

Therapists and organisations from across the person-centred community and beyond have come together to sign an open letter asking BACP to halt the SCoPEd project and re-engage with the profession as a whole as we consider the future of counselling and psychotherapy. PCP is in full support of the letter, which has been signed by a number of our partner organisations, and led by members of the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy and The Person-Centred Association. The letter and full list of signatories, originally published on the Alliance website here, can be read below: SCoPEd: Insufficient and Incongruent An open letter to BACP As Person-Centred therapists and supporters of the Person-Centred Approach, we have become increasingly concerned about the development of the SCoPEd project for counselling and psychotherapy. Person-Centred Therapy (PCT) constitutes one of the most widely practised approaches within BACP and yet SCoPEd has marginalised and excluded Person-Centred therapists almost entirely. After the first consultation, we were assured that PCT – an...
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NCS to Leave the Partnership

NCS to Leave the Partnership

he PCP and NCS have come to a mutual and amicable decision for the NCS to leave the partnership at this time. NCS are currently in a process of exploring options for involvement with the SCoPEd project, in an effort to meet the needs and wishes of their members. NCS members will be given a final say on what NCS’s involvement will be. The foundation of our partnership is based upon the shared purpose of protecting the profession from restrictive standardisation, and a fundamental part of this work is our collective opposition to the SCoPEd project. The NCS leaving the partnership will allow NCS to work within the new SCoPEd Group in good faith, and will also allow the PCP to follow its guiding principles and hold professional associations to account. The NCS will remain an ally of PCP, maintaining mutual respect and the desire to work with each other across a range of issues in the future. ...
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PCP SCoPEd Update – July 2020

PCP SCoPEd Update – July 2020

The second iteration of SCoPEd has arrived. Over the last week, representatives of our partnership organisations have studied the document and its accompanying methodology paper (both can be found here). Our partnership is agreed that the SCoPEd project remains an elitist, politically motivated misrepresentation of our profession. Our concerns focus on a number of areas: a) Consultation: No consultation with members or the wider profession took place when the research was proposed. From the outset, this project has been controlled and run by BPC, UKCP and BACP. The ‘independent chair’ is a member of BPC. The impact of any subsequent consultation cannot influence the research processes and therefore is necessarily very limited. Additionally, the focus of the member consultation was very limited, and the new iteration shows that little has changed as a result of member views. b) Methodology: The Roth and Pilling methodology chosen to conduct the research is very problematic for...
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Pink Therapy and Aashna Join PCP

Pink Therapy and Aashna Join PCP

Partners for Counselling and Psychotherapy are delighted to welcome Pink Therapy and Aashna to our broad front of organisations, as we continue to work together to support diverse practice and present a strong and united challenge to the homogenisation of the profession. Pink Therapy: Pink Therapy was set up 21 years ago by Dominic Davies and is a large independent and virtual therapy and training organisation focussed around improving the mental health and quality of therapy available to gender, sex and relationship diverse (GSRD) clients.  GSRD is our preferred term to expand beyond LGBTQ as it embraces people who are Asexual, involved in BDSM/Kink, or who have consensual non-monogamous relationships.  All groups that might have a challenging accessing mainstream counselling and sexological/relationship therapy organisations.We run an international training programme (largely delivered online), have an active Facebook private group for therapists (https://www.facebook.com/groups/143121662383294/) and have been active in the Coalition Working Group against Conversion Therapy since it's inception. We run an annual conference,...
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Open Letter to BACP, UKCP and BPC – SCoPEd and the Covid-19 Crisis 23/03/2020

Dear BACP, UKCP and BPC, As you are aware, there has been a huge impact on our profession of COVID-19 which is likely to last for a very long time. Many counsellors and psychotherapists are now at real risk for their livelihoods. Many others ore overwhelmed with additional work. In addition, all are facing unprecedented pressures on their family relationships, mental health and wellbeing. There are huge and complex issues about practice, training and placements moving online, which are likely to be seismically profession-changing on a permanent basis. You have admitted that SCoPEd has been very poorly received by thousands of professionals and many organisations. While no doubt well intentioned, the fact that SCoPEd is now undergoing lengthy reiterations and is in the phase of damage limitation should give you the greatest pause for thought even in normal times. These, however, are anything but normal times. Our profession has no appetite now for fundamental and widely opposed restructurings of standards and...
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Open Letter to the Professional Standards Authority from PCP 22/03/2020

Dear Christine Braithwaite, This e-mail (which is an open letter and will be published on our website) comes to you from Partners in Counselling and Psychotherapy (PCP). We are a broad front of organisations that are deeply concerned about current directions of travel in accreditation and regulation. Although newly constituted, you will already know some of our member organisations, such as the National Counselling Society, Counsellors Together UK, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union, the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network. Our various memberships exceed 19,000 practitioners, most of whom are on PSA ARs. This is our website: https://www.partnersforcounsellingandpsychotherapy.co.uk/ We seek a meeting with you, using on-line or conference call methods. Our group would have three people in it. Here is a list of some of the things we would like to explore: (1) How we and the PSA can work better together to promote and protect the PSA’s regulatory approach so as to stem the tide of accusations...
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The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network Becomes Latest Member of Partners for Counselling and Psychotherapy

The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network Becomes Latest Member of Partners for Counselling and Psychotherapy

We are absolutely delighted to welcome the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN) to our growing partnership of organisations, as we continue to work together to uphold therapeutic values and support diverse practice across the counselling and psychotherapy profession into 2020 and beyond. BAATN is the largest network of therapists in the UK with a focus on supporting those from Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean heritages. Working to address inequality of access to therapy and other psychological services for people from these communities, BAATN seeks to support and integrate 'the black empathic approach' in education and therapeutic practice, offering training, events, and working alongside like-minded organisations. We deeply value this opportunity to collaborate with BAATN, and welcome the important perspectives they bring to our partnership. ...
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New Organisations Join PCP

New Organisations Join PCP

It has been a busy few weeks for PCP. We have been affirming our aims and position as a growing partnership of organisations, and working collaboratively to ensure we are prepared to respond to the next stages of SCoPEd and the proposed APPG in a way that best represents our members. Our updated aims can be found on our homepage. We have also welcomed three new organisations to our partnership. Surviving Work provide resources for working people, information about politics and therapy, and have recently undertaken an extensive survey of IAPT workers, the preliminary results of which can be found here. We are delighted that Surviving Work’s founder, Elizabeth Cotton, has decided to join the partnership. A Disorder for Everyone is a successful and highly regarded campaign group, led by Jo Watson, which challenges the culture of psychiatric diagnosis and the medicalisation of counselling and psychotherapy. AD4E organises inspiring events around the country, and have recently released the book Drop the...
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A Record of Correspondence between PCP and Relevant  Parties Concerning the Proposed APPG

A Record of Correspondence between PCP and Relevant Parties Concerning the Proposed APPG

This news article is intended to give an overview of the activities and discussions leading to the formation of PCP. It is an account of correspondence which has passed between our organisations, representatives of BACP, UKCP and BPC, and other relevant parties. What follows is a chronological record of this correspondence with comments for additional context and information. Further correspondence will be added to our website in due course. The following document, originally circulated by UKCP, was leaked to us in June 2019. All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Counselling and Psychotherapy  Proposal For the collaboration of the Counselling and Psychotherapy Professions, the formal partnership of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) to jointly set up an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Counselling and Psychotherapy and for BPC to provide the secretariat. Background We have welcomed the recently published NHS long-term plan as it commits to a...
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National Counselling Society joins PCP

National Counselling Society joins PCP

We are delighted to announce that the National Counselling Society (NCS) have joined Partners for Counselling and Psychotherapy, working alongside our existing seven organisations to present a united voice challenging current political narratives around SCoPEd and the proposed APPG, and standing for the values of counselling and psychotherapy. NCS's involvement with PCP brings our combined memberships to more than 18,000 counsellors and psychotherapists, which is a remarkable achievement, and strengthens our position to work towards our aims of ensuring that both clients' and our members' interests are heard and honoured as we continue to debate and negotiate the direction of the profession. The NCS have welcomed the move: "The NCS is delighted to add our voice to that of the Partnership on a wide range of issues.  We believe that the future of our profession lies in the spirit of inclusivity and mutual respect between all stakeholders, and that the Partnership and its affiliated organisations can play a...
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