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Gus Murray wins Carl Berkeley Award

Outstanding contribution to the development of the counselling profession honoured

Gus Murray, Programme Director and Lecturer in CIT Cork, was presented with the Carl Berkeley Award at the IACP annual Conference in Kilkenny on October 20. Gus is an Integerative Psychotherapist accredited with the IACP. The Carl Berkeley Memorial Award honours a fully paid up member of IACP who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the counselling profession by creating or influencing counselling projects or counselling development work at local and national level.
Gus is an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Europe Accredited Practitioner, Consultant and Trainer. He is coordinating the development of EMDR in Ireland. EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR therapy can facilitate the effective processing of traumatic or disturbing life experiences to an adaptive resolution.
“I was delighted that our own IACP Southern region has just recently completed an introductory phase on the use of EMDR therapy in practice,” Gus said on receiving the award. He added he was delighted with the approach. He acknowledged the influence in more recent times of Dr. Richard Schwartz and the Evolution of The Internal Family Systems Model.
He included the IACP supervisory team and all co-ordinators who helped with placements, as key personnel. External examiners were also acknowledged. In particular, Gus included in his thanks Colm O’Doherty and previous (2009) Carl Berkeley Award winner Margaret Watchorn.
He thanked the IACP staff for helping to “uphold professional standards of excellence for practitioners and for providers of training programmes.” He acknowledged the support of his “greatest supporter and advocate”, his wife Kay – who accompanied him on “the journey since IACP accreditation in 1991 and put up with very unsocial hours.”

Carl Berkeley Awardees should meet, establish and promote the highest professional and
ethical standards and may be recognized as leaders in their field. Eligible nominees will be “knowledgeable, demonstrate creativity and succeed in
stretching the boundaries defining the parameters of good practice.” Building awareness of IACP and its operations within the Region is one of the criteria for winning the Award. A winner will have given significant voluntary time to IACP Committee work and / or general Counselling and Psychotherapy advocacy.

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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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