Continuing my exploration into the murky world of psychotherapy regulation, I’ve just had another e-mail from the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists.
The story so far…I discovered that it had taken three and a half years for a fitness to practice hearing to find seven allegations proven against a Jungian analyst, John Smalley. Despite this no sanctions were issued against him. Mr Smalley is a member of the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists (IGAP), a member organisation of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
I’d been exchanging e-mails with IGAP, who confirmed they found no case to answer against Smalley (the complainant then appealed to the UKCP, which found their decision “perverse and incorrect”).
My last e-mail read.
Thank you for your information.
In such cases where there has been a breach of the Code of Ethics, where are they publicised? How many such cases have there been?
Does IGAP intend to sign up to the Central Complaints Process?
The UKCP’s new Central Complaints Process (CCP) is intended to replace the current “two-tier” complaints system, where people first complain to the member organisation and then can appeal to the UKCP if unsuccessful.
Since the UKCP Central Complaints Process is not yet finalised, it is too early to say if IGAP will sign up to it or not, but is likely to do so if it is felt to match our professional standards and has nothing that contradicts our existing Code of Ethics.
As regards breaches of our Code of Ethics, we keep any such cases on file, as required, for a minimum of six years. There has been no such breach for several years now, so there is nothing publicised anywhere.
Being a small organisation we do not have the resources to continue a correspondence. Please direct any further enquiries to UKCP.
IGAP Ethics Committee
Hang on a minute, the UKCP is saying that the CCP “will be in place for all UKCP registered members by the end of next year.” But here’s at least one member organisation with a view that basically amounts to, “Well, we’ll consider it.”
That begs an interesting question. What will happen if a member organisation simply refuses to sign up to the CCP? Will they be expelled from the UKCP?
Not that the CCP exactly covered itself in glory during the Smalley case either. The process took two years to decide that there was misconduct, but they weren’t going to do anything about it.
Interesting also, that IGAP has admitted that the reason I couldn’t finding any hearing outcomes on their website is because they haven’t found a breach of their Code of Ethics in years. Okay, they’re a small organisation (I counted 56 analysts on their member list), but not one instance of misconduct in years? That doesn’t inspire confidence, especially when we’ve found at least one instance when a “no case to answer” decision by IGAP was ruled “perverse and incorrect”.