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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PCSR Annual Gathering and AGM 9th November 2019

PCSR AG and AGM   Saturday 9th November 2019 10am – 4pm   Refreshments from 9.30am  St Pancras Community Centre 67 Plender Street London NW1 0LB  www.spca.org.uk Nearest tube: Mornington Crescent   15mins walk from Kings X, Euston and Camden Rd Drinks and snacks provided, but not lunch.  You can bring your own food to eat on the premises or there are plenty of local cafes and shops nearby. Morning Event (Annual Gathering) £10*  Click below to book https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pcsr-annual-gathering-and-agm-tickets-65102219491 Dissent, Collusion and Context 10am – 1pm. Discussion facilitated by PCSR Steering Group. Members and non-members welcome As a group, we in PCSR share many ethical/moral values, principally our belief that social justice is inextricable from therapy practice. But there can be tension between these values and the contexts in which our professional organisations function, both in what they expect of us, their members, and the way they relate to government policy. In the final session of the PCSR Psychotherapy and Politics Conference in May 2019 ‘Dissent and Collusion’ we were exploring where...
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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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PCSR responses to SCoPEd and ideas about state regulation.

PCSR podcasts about SCoPEd and State Regulation Podcast 1      Clare Slaney interviews Erin Stevens about Erin's journey to putting a resolution to BACP AGM to scrap SCoPEd https://soundcloud.com/user-473642524/psychotherapists-and-counsellors-for-social-responsibility   PCSR statement in response to SCoPEd PCSR·SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2019 Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility 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...
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Examining Whiteness: White identity and racism. 16th March 2019 Fully Booked

FULLY BOOKED Examining Whiteness: White identity and racism Saturday 16th March 2019 11am – 2pm Marchmont Community Centre, 62 Marchmont Street, Kings Cross, London WC1N 1AB FREE - donations on the day much appreciated. Please email beatrice@bmillar.com to book your place. This group is open to people from all backgrounds and heritages ‘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 anyone wanting to address the injustices and inequalities of racism through personal and collective work on White identity, power, privilege and entitlement. For too long Black, African and Asian therapists and trainees have been experiencing racism and exclusion within the therapy profession. Change in the culture of therapy and training is slow and there are still trainees who are discriminated against: unheard, invisible, hurt, excluded. There has recently been an issue of Therapy...
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Examining Whiteness: White identity and Racism Sat 15th Dec 2018

Examining Whiteness: White identity and Racism    Saturday 15th December 2018     11am – 2pm Marchmont Community Centre, 62 Marchmont Street, London WC1 1AB http://www.kcbna.org.uk/contact/ FREE    - donations on the day much appreciated. Please email  beatrice@bmillar.com to book your place. ‘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. Change in the culture of therapy and training is slow and there are still trainees who are discriminated against: unheard, invisible, hurt, excluded. There has recently been an issue of Therapy Today dedicated to Black Matters which is very welcome, and we feel a need to keep up the work to continue to confront racism in the profession and in the world.   As part of addressing this oppression within the...
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PCSR’s 10th Psychotherapy and Politics Conference 11th May 2019

Saturday 11th May 2019       9.30 - 5.00 NCVO,  Kings Cross,  London https://www.ncvo.org.uk/about-us/venue-hire/find-us https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dissent-and-collusion-therapy-in-an-age-of-austerity-tickets-51244723347 Queries:   beatrice@bmillar.com Dissent and Collusion: therapy in an age of austerity Although our professions are founded on a belief that people will find their own best ways forward in a trusting relationship, therapy itself is immersed in the dominant beliefs and attitudes of the cultures within which it  functions. This conference will explore what these beliefs and attitudes may be and offer counter-narratives in an environment of curiosity and openness. In an era of increasing rigidity and conformity this is an opportunity to scrutinise, critique and develop what we offer clients, and why.  Speakers   Jocelyn Chaplin, Dwight Turner, Seb Randall                Plus discussion groups, workshops and plenary. Therapists and Equality      Jocelyn Chaplin Therapists, like everybody else, are living in a world driven insane by the imbalances of late Capitalism. We are ruled by the prevailing paradigm of ruthless competition in which one person or group must win while...
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