ICP has a long history of advocacy and lobbying government for the regulation of the independent profession of psychotherapy. ICP welcomes the decision of Minister Harris to recognise the two distinct professions of psychotherapist and counsellor, each with their own register under one registration board. (http://health.gov.ie/blog/noticeboard/decision-of-minister-simon-harris-in-relation-to-the-regulation-of-counsellors-and-psychotherapists-under-the-health-and-social-care-professionals-act-2005/)
ICP wants psychotherapy to be registered as a separate profession as soon as possible.
We work towards this in several ways:
- Liaising with CORU on establishing a statutory registration process
- Have contributed to the Psychological Therapies Forum, established by Government. Click here for 2008 report
- Setting out minimum requirements for training for the profession. Read our Position Paper – January 2015 and our Submission Paper to the Department of Health on the proposed Statutory Regulation of Psychotherapy and Counselling under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005
- Through the European Association of Psychotherapy, EAP, which is lobbying Governments and the European Parliament to provide for an independent profession of psychotherapy. http://www.europsyche.org/