Open Letter to BACP, UKCP and BPC – SCoPEd and the Covid-19 crisis. 23rd March 2020

23rd March 2020 Dear BACP, UKCP and BPC, As you are aware, there has been a huge impact on our profession of COVID-19 which is likely to last for a very long time. Many counsellors and psychotherapists are now at real risk for their livelihoods. Many others ore overwhelmed with additional work. In addition, all are facing unprecedented pressures on their family relationships, mental health and wellbeing. There are huge and complex issues about practice, training and placements moving online, which are likely to be seismically profession-changing on a permanent basis. You have admitted that SCoPEd has been very poorly received by thousands of professionals and many organisations. While no doubt well intentioned, the fact that SCoPEd is now undergoing lengthy reiterations and is in the phase of damage limitation should give you the greatest pause for thought even in normal times. These, however, are anything but normal times. Our profession has no appetite now for fundamental and widely opposed restructurings of standards and competencies....
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Open Letter to Professional Standards Authority from PCP. 22nd March 2020

22nd March 2020 Dear Christine Braithwaite, This e-mail (which is an open letter and will be published on our website) comes to you from Partners in Counselling and Psychotherapy (PCP). We are a broad front of organisations that are deeply concerned about current directions of travel in accreditation and regulation. Although newly constituted, you will already know some of our member organisations, such as the National Counselling Society, Counsellors Together UK, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union, the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network. Our various memberships exceed 19,000 practitioners, most of whom are on PSA ARs. This is our website: https://www.partnersforcounsellingandpsychotherapy.co.uk/ We seek a meeting with you, using on-line or conference call methods. Our group would have three people in it. Here is a list of some of the things we would like to explore: (1) How we and the PSA can work better together to promote and protect the PSA’s regulatory approach so as to stem the tide...
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Examining Whiteness: White identity and racism 27th June 2020 – CANCELLED

Saturday 27th June 2020  11am – 2pm CANCELLED. NOTICE WILL BE GIVEN OF FUTURE GATHERINGS. FREE - donations on the day much appreciated. 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) This group is open to people from all backgrounds, heritages and ethnicities who want to actively address the injustices and inequalities of racism through personal and collective work on White identity, power, privilege and complicity. It is an open group meeting 4 times a year and facilitated since Sept 2017 by Bea Millar and Suzanne Keys, two therapists active in PCSR, Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility www.pcsr.org.uk. It is not a workshop, seminar or therapy group so participants need to be prepared to participate in uncomfortable and difficult conversations in a respectful environment, with the personal content being confidential to the group, and...
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PCSR and FPN conference Rescheduled for May 2021

        Rescheduled for May 2021 PNP Conference promotion videoTICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/people-not-pathology-humanising-counselling-and-psychotherapy-tickets-91118486847 People not Pathology: Humanising Counselling and Psychotherapy A 2-day conference in Birmingham 2nd-3rd May 2020 Psychotherapy and counselling in the UK is alive and well. The demand for therapy and the supply of therapists have been growing steadily for decades. At the same time, for the last two decades at least the heart and soul of the profession has been under attack from the neoliberal policies of the state and our own professional bodies. It’s time to take a stand and start to turn the tide. How do we stand together to humanise our profession and play our part in transforming neoliberal narratives about mental health into a vision of society organised around people’s needs? We want the conference to be as participatory and “bottom up” as possible, prioritising small group discussion in workshops. Conference Day 1: The Problem Medical model of mental health and its treatment via CBT and psychotropic drugs; individual...
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PCSR statement on the formation of Partners for Counselling and Psychotherapy

https://www.partnersforcounsellingandpsychotherapy.co.uk/ October 2019 PCSR was formed to offer complementary narratives to dominant understandings of our professions’ functions and values. The social, political, ecological and economic contexts of our own and our clients’ lives are inextricable from our own individual histories. Many training organisations either do not have available time for exploring these issues, or do not give them priority, knowing that they are not  primary concerns of professional bodies. But PCSR is a place where therapists can explore these issues in greater depth; we have purposefully located ourselves as a neutral space where we offer freedom for people with diverse opinions to experiment, learn, change and explore nuanced alternative versions of more powerful well-funded ideological discourses. Over the years we have had friendly, collegiate relationships with our professional organisations understanding that they have different pressures and priorities. But for some while now we have watched as they aligned themselves to a business model rather than to models of best practice, embracing economic ideologies of...
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Letter to Royal College of Psychiatrists from Mental Health Resistance Network and others signed also by PCSR

Prof Wendy Burn President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 11 September 2019 Dear Professor Burn, I am writing to you on behalf of Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN), Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), WinVisbile (women with visible & invisible disabilities), Recovery in the Bin (RITB) and Black Triangle to express our deep concern that job coaches have been given the authority to assess the mental health of Universal Credit claimants, not for the purpose of establishing reasonable adjustment requirements but to refer them for treatment. Such a scheme is currently being piloted in Cornwall. Job coaches can fast track patients/claimants for specialist mental health treatment without the need for the involvement of a GP. We are dismayed that the Royal College of Psychiatrists has not opposed this. Link to DWP press release, https://www.gov.uk/government/news/100000-fund-to-boost-mental-health-support-across-cornwall As mental health services are now being forced to promote a highly biased political view of mental distress and treatment, we profoundly regret that mental health professionals’ bodies, along with major mental...
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Open Letter regarding SCoPEd by Caz Binstead

Open letter regarding SCoPEd Project By Caz Binstead  - Counsellor/Psychotherapist in Private Practice, and Clinical Supervisor. Currently sitting on the BACP Private Practice Executive Committee. 12th August 2019 SCoPEd – wow! If there is one word that seems to evoke or frustrate as much as Brexit, it is surely this word! Amongst the nationwide and global uncertainty, now would feel like an opportune time for unity. Unfortunately, our caring profession, which exists to help people with their emotional well-being, has, this year, become a tense place of uncertainty and worry, and a sparing ground of accusation and recrimination. As someone who sits on the Private Practice Divisional Executive, at the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and is a member in my own right, I have had to decide on which side of the debate I lie. Some of my colleagues, such as board members, Una Cavanagh and Andrew Reeves, have recently set out their own personal opinions, and so too, I am choosing...
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