United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
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Martin Pollecoff, chair
The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a professional association of psychotherapy organisations and practitioners in the United Kingdom. It is restricted to registered clinical psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors (similar, but with shorter training).
The UKCP exists to "promote and maintain the profession of psychotherapy and the highest standards in the practice of psychotherapy throughout the United Kingdom, for the benefit of the public." Only psychotherapists or psycho-therapeutic counselors who meet UKCP's training requirements and abide by its ethical guidelines are included in its online "Register of Psychotherapists".
The UKCP was initially founded in the 1980s as the United Kingdom Standing Conference for Psychotherapy following the Foster Report (1971) and the Sieghart Report (1978), which recommended regulation of the psychotherapy field. It was formally inaugurated as a council in 1993.
The UKCP has since evolved into a national umbrella organisation for most major psychotherapeutic modalities. As of 2012, there are more than 70 member organisations representing all the main traditions in the practice of psychotherapy.
The council is run by a board of trustees which is elected by the council's members. A number of subcommittees, including the ethics committee, report directly to the board of trustees.
UKCP also represents the United Kingdom in the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) – a Vienna-based umbrella organisation which sets standards for equivalence of training and practice throughout Europe — and is part of the National Awarding Organization (NAO) overseeing the European Certificate of Psychotherapy (ECP) award in the UK.
- To promote the art and science of psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling for the public benefit
- To promote research in psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling, and to disseminate the results of any such research
- To promote high standards of education, training and practice in psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling
- To promote the wider provision of psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling for all sections of the public
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The UKCP's campaign work has included collaboration with NICE and the Health Professions Council. Campaigns have included:
- NICE under scrutiny
- NICE consultations
- Reparative therapy
- Services under threat
- Skills for Health
The UKCP regards the regulation of psychotherapists and the public accountability of their practice as important means to safeguard the interests of patients, clients, and the reputation of registered practitioners. The present Register is voluntary — it is not required by any Act of Parliament — but the UKCP is campaigning with other related organisations for the statutory regulation of the "talking therapy" professions.
The UKCP delegates the accreditation and re-accreditation of members to UKCP organizational members. Organizational members may be designated as "training", "accrediting" or both. Individual psychotherapists can join the UKCP register only following accreditation by one of these organisations. At present there is no way of registering directly with UKCP.
The UKCP does not run courses leading to UKCP accreditation; courses are provided by its organisational members. Some training organisations also accredit and will award Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) or give credit for previous training experience.
Candidates for registration who trained on a course that does not lead directly to membership need to seek accreditation by an accrediting organisation member.
UKCP elects its chair among its members.
|Term of office||Office holder|
|2007–2009||James Gray Antrican|
|2005–2007||Lisa Wake (now de Rijk)|
|1993–1995||Emmy van Deurzen|
|1989–1993||Michael R. Pokorny (Chair of the UK Standing Conference for Psychotherapy)|
- UKCP (15 March 2009), Press release: "UK Council for Psychotherapy appoints new Chief Executive"[permanent dead link] Retrieved 7 July 2012
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