A Follow on Posting Regarding Psychotherapy and Counselling Educational Standards
This article can be seen as a follow on to some of my other pieces regarding therapy training standards of education. There has been a project on the go for some time now. This project involves what I call the “Big 3” which are the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and the British Psychoanalytic Council.
These organisations are currently engaged in a project called Scope of Practice and Education for the counselling and psychotherapy professions (SCoPEd). This project is designed to create a mutually recognised framework for what is considered common definitions as to what psychotherapists and counsellors are and what they are taught.
It is also designed to give clear evidenced based options for the general public when seeking out therapeutic services. This is an essential route for good mental health both inside and outside the National Health Service. This project has shown a true maturation of the profession in that this is no longer about my organisation being better than yours, it is what are the common factors that we all do in order to help the public. Additionally, what is it that makes each organisation unique and how that uniqueness can be harnessed for the betterment of good mental health for all. This is a huge step forward and the organisations should be congratulated on their efforts thus far.