PCSR response to SCoPEd

Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (www.pcsr.org.uk) are opposed to the SCoPEd project. 1. Many BACP members have not received the draft SCoPEd consultation. On this basis alone responses will be unrepresentative. 2. The BACP treats its members with suspicion, believing that therapists are inherently a potential threat to clients and the public. 3. The competence frameworks were developed using Anthony Roth and Stephen Pilling’s methodology designed for manualised IAPT work. It is not appropriate or sufficient for the relational, dialogical encounter that typifies the practice of most therapists, and does not represent the core values of therapy. 4. Attempting to align training to competency frameworks undermines training by prioritising means over ends. Standardisation entails a shift from education to compliance. 5. The Expert Reference Group (ERG) is made up of 14 practitioners, only two of whom are explicitly humanistic. Eight are explicitly psychoanalytic. The Chair is a psychoanalysist and co-author with Roth and Pilling of their paper on psychodynamic therapies. 6. A generation of work...
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Correspondence with Penny Mordaunt MP re Advisory Panel on LGBT Health

2nd letter from PCSR to Equalities Office Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities, Government Equalities Office,1 Sanctuary Buildings, 20 Great Smith Street SW1P 3BT 1st May 2019 Dear Minister, LGBT Advisory Panel Thank you for your letter of 18 April 2019 in response to our letter of 21 March. We are not asking for reassurance. We are requesting urgent information on the reasoning behind excluding therapists from the Advisory Panel. We are advising the National Advisor, the Advisory Panel and the government, through your office, to immediately bring therapist knowledge and skill to the Advisory Panel. Your colleague, Geraint Davies MP, has over two years proposed two bills to end conversion ‘therapy’. His concern for LGBT+ people and for the ethical practice of counselling and psychotherapy are not in question, yet both bills demonstrate a profound confusion of the issues around State regulation, protected titles, professional standards and even the practice of counselling and psychotherapy. We do not believe that you would create an Advisory...
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