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Letter to BACP, UKCP and BPC re SCoPEd

Written by Amy Lockett on . Posted in Blog


Dear Chairs and Chief Executives of BACP, UKCP and BPC,

Following correspondence, including with yourselves, the seven organisations listed below request that you meet with us. Together, we are, at present, the main stakeholders from within the fields of psychotherapy and counselling.

Our own organisations represent approximately 6,000 psychotherapists and counsellors and we feel that it is important to discuss the proposed All Party Parliamentary Group on psychotherapy and counselling before further approaches to MPs are made by yourselves.

It is clear that there are significant concerns about recent developments in the field of therapy, and a risk of conflicts and hostility between organisations and an erosion of trust in the professional bodies.

Hence, we are seeking dialogue between our organisations to avoid further damaging conflicts about the future of psychotherapy and counselling in the UK.We look forward to hearing from you – with, we hope, a proposal for the kind of meeting we describe in this letter.

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 Parker (President, College of Psychoanalysts)Professor Andrew Samuels (Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Janet Tolan (Chair, The Person-Centred Association)