The Impact of IAPT on clients, practitioners, the therapy professions and society.

Where: The Tabernacle, West London

From: 20 Jan 2018 time: 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Until: 17 Mar 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

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