As I reported in July, the three biggest psychotherapy organisations in the UK – the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the UK Council for Psychotherapy and the British Psychoanalytic Council – have been moving towards a more collaborative approach.
They’ve now formally announced this, and an information video is online.
My own thoughts on this are to broadly welcome it. Counselling and psychotherapy are not large professions, and it doesn’t make a lot of sense to have several (actually more than several, as there’s lots of smaller ones) professional bodies competing with each other.
If I was to add something to a wishlist in this new collaboration, it would be for the three bodies to create a unified complaints system. As I’ve said many times on this blog, what I’d really prefer is a statutory regulator, but that’s not going to happen while the Tories are in power. A single point of complaint-handling would at least be a second-best, and who knows? Perhaps over time it might evolve into a regulator when the political climate allows it.
It might also help eliminate something that’s concerned me. There have been incidents where a practitioner has been struck off by one body, but not by another. Such a system should at least mean that a striking-off by one equate to also being struck off by the other two.
I have no idea whether that’s something on the agenda though. I guess we’ll see in time.