Correspondence re a possible All-Party Parliamentary Group on Counselling and Psychotherapy

To be read from the bottom to the top   Dear Gary,                                                             24th July 2019 Thank you for responding. We think it would be a constructive move if your attempts to find an MP or MPs to chair or spearhead the APPG were put on hold until all the organisations interested in this matter have had a chance to meet. Would your three organisations be agreeable to this request for a pause in activity? In this way, we will stand a better chance of preserving the unity of the professions of psychotherapy and counselling. Please let us know the thoughts of your member organisations. Best wishes, Richard Bagnall-Oakeley (Chair, Psychotherapy and Counselling Union) [Use this e-mail address for correspondence[ Maria Albertsen (for Counsellors Together) Bea Millar (Chair, Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility) Dr David Murphy (United Kingdom Person-Centred Experiential) Professor Ian...
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Report arising from meeting with Equalities Office July 2019

On 1 July 2019 PCSR Steering Group met with senior policy advisers from the government Equalities Office. We offer this report for three reasons: to keep members informed about the work of the Steering Group. to summarize what we believe to be the most important points in this issue. to give background to a request from the Equalities Office for members to contribute towards their work. The Steering Group of PCSR has been in correspondence with the Equalities Office to discuss our concerns about the composition of the LGBT Advisory Panel.  One of the stated aims of this Panel is to seek legislative and non-legislative means to end conversion ‘therapy’ (CT.) We wanted to understand why therapists were not represented on the Advisory Panel, particularly after the many years of work by therapists that have resulted in the Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK. https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/UKCP-Memorandum-of-Understanding-on-Conversion-Therapy-in-the-UK.pdf  We were interested to know more about qualified counsellor and psychotherapist involvement in CT.  We wanted to...
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