On Monday 2 March members of the House of Lords held a short debate about the impact of unregistered and unregulated therapists. The BPC, with BACP and UKCP, prepared a joint briefing for the Peers who were due to speak on the day. We highlighted that:
• Clients/patients working with unregistered counsellors and psychotherapists are more vulnerable to the possibility of harm, because those clients have no assurance of the level of training of the practitioner or redress system to access should something go wrong.
• BACP, the BPC and UKCP are committed to working within a regulatory framework that will deliver the high professional standards and level of public protection that is expected across the whole counselling and psychotherapy professions.
• The PSA Accredited Register Programme provides a framework for patient safety and professional standards. However, there is a significant lack of public awareness of the programme which needs addressing.
• Any consideration to changing the way counsellors and psychotherapists are registered or regulated must be done in full collaboration with all the relevant professional bodies and must be proportionate to risk.
The full debate can be accessed here