The Impact of IAPT on clients, practitioners the therapy professions and society 17th Feb (fully booked), 17th March 2018

The Impact of IAPT on clients, practitioners, the therapy professions and society.
 17th February (fully booked) and 17th March 2018  10am – 2pm

PCSR  (Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility is hosting a series of 3 monthly focused encounter groups for IAPT practitioners, counsellors,  psychotherapists and other psychological professionals, to explore the impact of IAPT.

The introduction of IAPT in 2007 has touched thousands of people’s lives, affected the shape of the talking therapy world, and influenced the ways in which the general population views mental health and talking therapies.

After a decade of IAPT, research has shown that nationally less than half of Clinical Commissioning Groups in England are meeting the national target for providing talking therapy to local populations, with just 7% of the population accessing the IAPT programme. Only 17% of that 7% completed a course of treatment and were judged to have achieved recovery.1

Research by the British Psychological Society showed that IAPT is positively harmful to practitioners.2 Nearly half of psychological professionals reported depression and feelings of failure and 70% say they are finding their jobs stressful. Incidents of bullying and harassment had more than doubled in two years.

Lord Layard, who introduced IAPT, is an economist specialising in the costs of unemployment. The implementation of IAPT was based on the understanding that it would pay for itself by increasing productivity and reducing state benefits.

Unemployment has become a symptom of mental illness.
Employment is now a cure for mental illness.

We feel a need to spend some time together as practitioners, counsellors, psychotherapists to explore, express and witness what our experiences have been, what our responses to the growth of IAPT has been, and what questions, advantages and dilemmas IAPT might raise.

We aim to create a safe, confidential space, facilitated by person-centred therapists, Clare Slaney and Beatrice Millar, with time to reflect, speak, listen and process, with a month in between meetings to digest the experience. The purpose is to gain information and understanding of the experience of IAPT practitioners and other therapists, and through observing what arises in the group, imagine how the discussion might play out in the wider field of counselling/psychotherapy.


17th February and 17th March 2018  10am – 2pm

The Tabernacle, 35, Powis Square, off Portobello Rd, London W11 2AY

There is a café on site for refreshments.  We are asked not to consume our own food and drink on the premises.  Wheelchair accessible.

FREE   Donations towards costs appreciated

 Queries:    or


Examining Whiteness: White identity and racism

PCSR pop-up

Examining Whiteness: White identity and racism

Saturday 23d September 2017   10am -1pm

Chadswell Healthy Living Centre

Lower ground floor, Chadswell, Harrison Street, London WC1H 8JE

5-10 mins from Kings Cross and Euston mainline stations, wheelchair accessible

FREE – donations on the day for venue hire and refreshments much appreciated.

Please book your place in advance to know numbers for refreshments:


‘Whiteness, as a set of normative cultural practices, is visible most clearly to those it definitely excludes and those to whom it does violence. Those who are housed securely within its borders usually do not examine it.’ (Ruth Frankenberg,1993)

For too long Black African and Asian therapists and trainees have been experiencing racism and exclusion within the therapy profession. The PCSR open letter and petition protesting about this and asking for change was sent to all therapy organisations and trainings in 2014 but had a very limited response. Change in the culture of therapy and training is slow and there are still trainees who are discriminated against: unheard, invisible, hurt, excluded.

As part of addressing this oppression within the therapy profession PCSR is having a pop up in London on 23rd September for therapists who identify as White to explore and process what it means to them to be White and working as a White therapist in a racist society. We would like to invite you to come and share your experiences and deepen your understanding of White identity in a supportive environment.

The idea for this pop-up comes from 2 white members of PCSR, Suzanne and Bea, who are also currently on the steering group. Having participated in conversations about racism through BAATN (Black African and Asian Therapists’ Network) they have seen how much work is being done by those who are a minority in the profession. This pop up is an opportunity to encourage and stimulate personal and collective work on White identity, power, privilege and entitlement and to address the injustices and inequalities of racism.

If you haven’t already heard or seen Tim Wise, US anti-racism activist, he is worth checking out online as is Helm’s White racial identity development model and Peggy McIntosh on White privilege. Also, UK journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge’s 2017 book Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race based on her blog.

Please remember that if you have an idea for a PCSR pop-up you are very welcome to put it forward. You do not have to be on the steering group or in London. PCSR will cover the costs of a venue anywhere in the UK for PCSR members to meet around a political subject they feel is important to discuss face to face.


PCSR AG and AGM Saturday 18th November 2017

PCSR AG and AGM Saturday 18th November 2017 9.30 for 10-4pm


At St Pancras Community Centre
67 Plender Street, London NW1 0LB                         15mins walk from Kings Cross, Euston and Camden Road overground stations
Nearest tube: Mornington Crescent

The day will be in two parts
10-1pm     Societal Constellation
2-4pm       AGM

It’s FREE to everyone.  Non-members welcome too.

Lunch can be eaten on the premises and there are plenty of shops and cafes around.


PCSR invites you to participate in a Societal Constellation facilitated by Janet Herman and Lynn Stoney, on a relevant political issue.

Systemic constellations is a powerful experiential process through which we can gain insight into systems and dynamics within them that have been hidden. The method is phenomenological and can be used to reveal dynamics in any system. It has the potential to clarify and transform embedded patterns.   Originally applied to family systems, it now has many applications, including wider societal and ecological issues.

The work draws on our embodied knowledge and participants often report gaining a deep experience of our interconnected nature as well as insights into the particular issue being explored.

In this short workshop, we hope that together, having agreed on a particular issue to explore, we will be able to uncover some of the underlying patterns and explore our own relationship to a large issue in which we are all involved.

1-2pm  Lunch

2-4pm   Annual General Meeting. All welcome, but please let us know if you’re coming so that we have numbers for refreshments

Reports and agenda will be sent out to all members nearer the time.



POST-ELECTION POP-UP Sat 24th June 2017

Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility 

invite you to a


an open space to share thoughts, feelings and reflections on the election 

Saturday 24th June 2017

                    10am – 1pm

Marchmont Community Centre

62 Marchmont Street, London WC1N

Disabled access

5minutes walk from Russell Square underground station

8minutes walk from Kings Cross and Euston underground and mainline stations

FREE to PCSR members        Non-members £5 –  pay on the day.

Donations on the day also appreciated. 

Please book your place so that we know numbers for seating and refreshments.

 To book your place email:





Britain at economic and moral crisis point – letter in Guardian 2.6.17

Britain at economic and moral crisis point

Clare Slaney, Richard House and 73 others involved in the mental health field say that voters face an unusually grave choice on 8 June
Pic:  Commuters on London Bridge during rush hour. ‘Workplace stress is at epidemic proportions,’ write Clare Slaney, Richard House and others. Photograph: Alamy
British society is in crisis. Suicide is now the leading cause of death in men under 45. The Royal Society of Medicine tells us that “relentless cuts” have led to an extra 30,000 deaths. A report to the UN from the Equality and Human Rights Commission noted that work capability assessments “have been linked to suicides and cases of deteriorating mental health”. Benefit sanctions have caused hunger, hypothermia, homelessness and deaths. It is scarcely believable that food banks have become a societal norm. Workplace stress is at epidemic proportions, with working conditions increasingly amounting to servitude. People work for pitiful wages and uncertain numbers of hours, while the highly paid are expected to work a 70-plus hour week. Increasingly, people have to fit sleep around their working life. Employment and wealth have become the primary arbiters of a person’s value and character.

In our view, voters need to revisit fundamental values. Are human beings nothing more than economic units? Are some people valued more than others? Are vulnerable people deserving of public expenditure, or are they disposable? Do neighbours and communities matter – or are we merely people in housing units? Poverty creates chronic mental and physical illnesses that cost a great deal across the life cycle. UK productivity is the lowest in the G7, in part because of stress, because increasing numbers of people hate their jobs, but also because employers refuse to meaningfully invest in their workforce. Treating people as objects has destructive economic effects at every level.

Britain is at economic and moral crisis point. The election on 8 June offers voters an unusually grave choice: continuing further into a social Darwinist future; or looking critically at what this model of society has generated and choosing something different. England recently ranked 13th out of 16 countries for children’s life satisfaction. Does it have to be like this? You can use your vote on 8 June to address these questions.
Clare Slaney Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility, Richard House Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Roy Bard Mental Wealth Alliance, Richard Bagnall-Oakeley Psychotherapy and Counselling Union, Eugene Ellis Black African and Asian Therapy Network, Paula Peters Disabled People Against Cuts, Denise McKenna Mental Health Resistance, Tamsin CurnowPsychologists for Social ChangePaul Atkinson Free Psychotherapy Network, Alec Mcfadden Salford TUC, Rich Moth Social Work Action Network, Helen SpandlerAsylum magazine, Susie Orbach, Andrew Samuels, Alexandra Chalfont, Andy Metcalf, Anita Bellows, Anna Rose, Barbara Bentham, Beatrice Millar, Beth Glanville, Birgitta Heiller, Bruce Scott, Cath Collins, Chris Wise, David Morgan, Dean Kester, Debbie Porteous, Doron Levene, Edward Garner, Eileen Short, Elizabeth Bubez, Els van Ooijen, Gillian Proctor, Gordon Jones, Gottfried Heuer, Greg Madison, Helen Edwards, Ian Parker, Irris Singer, Jack Youd, Jane Clement, Janice Acquah, Jay Watts, Jenny Secretan, Jeremy Weinstein, Jon Blend, Judith Anderson, Kate O’Halloran, Libby Kerr, Linda Burnip, Lynne Friedll, Lynne Lacock, Maggie Fisher, Mary-Jayne Rust, Matthew Bowes, Matthew Henson, Marion Winslow, Michael Caton, Mike Shallcross, Natasha Stuc, Nicola Saunders, Olivia Cunningham, Peter Cruickshank, Peter Dinsmore, Riva Joffe, Robert Stearn, Roger Lewis, Ros Howell, Salma Siddique, Seb Randall, Suzanne Keys, Trudi Macagnino, Val Allen, Viviane Carneiro

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Election Pop-up Event Sat 3rd June 2017

THE ELECTION: an open space to share thoughts, feelings and reflections on the election.

A pop-up meeting organised by 

Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility  

Association of Jungian Analysts

Confederation for Analytical Psychology


Saturday 3rd June 2017    10am – 1pm

Venue: Association of Jungian Analysts,  7 Eton Avenue London, NW3 3EL 

Nearest tube stations:   Belsize Park (Northern) and Swiss Cottage (Jubilee)

Bus:  C11   

FREE (donations on the day appreciated) but please book your place so that we know numbers for seating and refreshments. 

To book your place email: