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Membership Cancellation Policy

A Student, Pre-Accredited or Accredited Member of the IACP shall cease to be member i.e. have their membership cancelled:

1. If that member informs the IACP in writing that they wish to cancel their membership


2. If the annual membership fee is not paid by its due date

A) Invoices are posted out in December to all members, payment is due by January 31st
B) If payment if not received a final reminder letter is posted and/or emailed to the member with a due date for payment to be received
C) If payment is still not received a phone call is made to the member to confirm receipt of letter and enquiry if the member intends to remain or cancel their             membership
D) If payment is still not received then the membership is cancelled


3. If an application for First Time Accreditation is deemed unsuccessful by the Accreditation Committee

A) Applications for First Time Accreditation are made to the Accreditation Committee which is entitled to approve or refuse the application
B) All applications must be signed by the applicant to confirm that the information supplied is correct and true and that any inaccurate or false information or omission of material information shall render an application invalid and result in the withdrawal of IACP membership
C) First Time Accreditation applications deemed unsuccessful by the Accreditation Committee are ratified by the Executive Committee
D) Once the decision is ratified the applicant is notified in writing.
E) If an appeal is not submitted within 4 weeks of notification of the decision the membership is cancelled if necessary
F) If the outcome of the appeal is to uphold the decision of the Accreditation Committee then the membership is cancelled if necessary


4. If an application for Renewal of Accreditation is deemed unsuccessful by the Accreditation Committee

A) Applications for Renewal of Accreditation are made to the Accreditation Committee which is entitled to approve or refuse the application
B) IACP Accreditation is awarded for a period of five years, after which an Accredited Member must reapply for accreditation. Renewal of Accreditation is dependent on the member having met all requirements for Accredited Membership from the date of the previous renewal of accreditation.
C) Incomplete compliance may lead to a reduced period of accreditation; an award of provisional accreditation for a limited time, the renewal of which will be dependent on the adherence to a list of recommendations; or an award of conditional accreditation that will come into force after adherence to a list of recommendations is confirmed. Anything less than compliance will be insufficient for renewal of accreditation to be awarded.
D) All applications made must be signed by the applicant to confirm that the information supplied is correct and true and that any inaccurate or false information or omission of material information shall render an application invalid and result in the withdrawal of that member’s accreditation.
E) Renewal of Accreditation applications deemed unsuccessful by the Accreditation Committee are ratified by the Executive Committee
F) Once the decision is ratified the applicant is notified in writing. The correspondence should clearly indicate why the application was unsuccessful.
G) If an appeal is not submitted within 4 weeks of notification of the decision the member’s accreditation is cancelled
H) If the outcome of the appeal is to uphold the decision of the Accreditation Committee then the membership is cancelled


5. If a Renewal of Accreditation application is not submitted by its due date

A) A reminder letter is posted and/or emailed to Accredited Members 6 to 8 weeks prior to when their renewal application is due
B) If an application is not received by the due date then a reminder letter is posted and/or emailed with a due date for receipt of the application
C) If an application is still not received the membership is cancelled


6. If an Inactive Accredited Member does submit an application to Return to Active Membership by its due date

A) A reminder letter is posted and/or emailed to an Inactive Accredited Members 6 to 8 weeks prior to when their Return to Active Accredited membership application is due
B) If an application is not received by the due date then a reminder letter is posted and/or emailed with a due date for receipt of the application
C) If an application is still not received the membership is cancelled


7. Accredited Membership can also be cancelled as a result of a sanction imposed by the IACP Complaints Committee


• If an application for First Time or Renewal of Accreditation is unsuccessful then the letter of notification sent to the applicant should clearly state:

The reason the application was unsuccessful
Guidelines and recommendations for the applicant on how to reapply if applicable
Accreditation Appeals Procedure information

• When an Accredited Membership is cancelled that member must be notified in writing that their accreditation has been removed and the date from which this takes effect. Their name will be removed from the IACP Referral Database and online directory and they will no longer be recognised by IACP as an Accredited Member from date of notification. That member will be required to remove all references to IACP, including the IACP logo from any promotional material within 30 days of notification. Any involvement with IACP committees / working groups must cease from date of notification.

• When a Pre-Accredited Membership is cancelled that members must be notified in writing that their membership has been removed and the date from which this takes effect. They are required to remove any and all references to Pre-Accredited Member IACP from any promotional material you may have and any involvement with IACP committees / working groups must cease.

• A list of names of Accredited Members whose membership is cancelled for whatever reason will be published in Éisteach and on the website.

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Timeframe for statutory registration

 

Draft regulations to designate the professions of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and to establish a registration board will be ready for submission to the Houses of the Oireachtas for their approval during the present session, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has told the Dail.

 

The Minister recently concluded a public consultation on  his proposal to regulate counsellors generally under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.

 

On foot of the consultation process, He has decided to proceed with the designation of two distinct professions under the Act, that of counsellor and psychotherapist. Each will have its own register under one registration board. This decision has been communicated to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, the relevant professional bodies and all the respondents to the public consultation process.

 

Subject to the approval of the Houses, the next step will be the appointment of the 13 members of the registration board, following the submission of suitable candidates for the Minister's consideration, by the Public Appointments Service. The aim is that the registration board will be in a position early in the New Year to begin the task of drafting the various bye-laws to allow it to establish its registers.

 

 


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