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Student Membership (Started Seeing Clients)

As a student member it is likely that you are at the start of your counselling and psychotherapy career and also new to the IACP.

The IACP will guide and support you as you progress in your training through to becoming an Accredited Member of IACP.

By becoming a Student Member of the IACP you agree to adhere to the IACP Code of Ethics and Practice. This upholds a high standard of care among students and professionals to ensure the protection of the public and also helps to guide your own training and practice throughout your career.

NB:  It is an IACP requirement that all Student Members must have current and valid IACP Garda Vetting.

The cost for IACP Garda Vetting is €30.00 and this cost is included in the processing fee in the ‘Apply Now’ section on the right of this page.

Garda Vetting is not required for first year students - Please see "Student Membership - First YearStudents.

Vetting applications may take from 4 weeks up to 20 weeks. Waiting time depends on the level of demand in the Garda Central Vetting Unit at the time of application. Unfortunately the IACP has no control over this.

If an application is not complete, incorrectly completed or additional information is requiredthe processing time may be longer.

For more information, click here.

The sooner you join the IACP the sooner you can enjoy the benefits and services that membership provides.


As and from 31 August 2014 the eligibility for IACP Student and Pre-Accredited Membership will apply to applicants whom are currently attending, or have qualified from, IACP Accredited Courses only.

Applicants from Non IACP Accredited courses, including applicants from outside Ireland, may still apply for First Time Accreditation by applying directly to the Accreditation Committee (once they have completed all the necessary client hours etc.) 

Student Members may use the title Student Member IACP (exact phrase only) in documentation. They may not use MIACP or SMIACP.

Fill in the 'Apply Now' form on the right of this page to start your online application process. Once you fill in your details and make the payment you will be emailed a link to your online applicaiton form.  

Please Note: IACP charge a reduced pro-rata fee during the year for Student Membership, which will bring your membership cover up to 31st December.

The normal membership rate applies for the following year. Please click on “Membership Rates” (on the left) to review these fees.

 


The main benefits of IACP Student Membership are:

Representation: The IACP champions the contribution of Counsellors, Psychotherapists and the profession. We strongly lobby (Government, Political parties, Department of Health and Children, Health Committee’s, Allied Health Professions and other National Bodies) on key issues and priorities. The central aim of the Statutory Regulation of Counselling and Psychotherapy forms a large part of this work. We also influence policy development and plans through Responses and Submissions. 

Continuing Professional Development (Free Members Seminars): IACP provide a number of free seminars and webinars for members annually.

Publicity: One of IACP’s main aims is to inform the public of the benefits of Counselling and Psychotherapy. We do this through our public relations and communications strategy which concentrates on attendance at public events, press releases, interaction with the media and direct advertising. All of our communications work highlights the importance of Professional Standards and the services that IACP and its members offer the public.

IACP Workshops at reduced Rates: IACP supports the provision of workshops countrywide by the IACP regional committees. These workshops cover a wide range of interesting topics. Members receive a discounted rate for all IACP Regional Workshops

Quarterly Journal: The IACP journal ‘Eisteach’ including articles, ‘Notice Board’ and Advertising is sent to members four times a year.

Reduced rate to attend the IACP Annual Conference: The new annual conference is a great opportunity to meet other members, to hear keynote speakers, attend the Gala Dinner with Carl Berkeley Memorial Award and take part in different Counselling & Psychotherapy workshops.

Awards: Members are eligible for nomination for Carl Berkeley Memorial Award that recognise outstanding contribution to the development of counselling and psychotherapy.

Professional Support on Standards of Practice and Education: IACP assists with all types of member enquiries and puts you in touch with the right experts. Members can access a range of information from the office, and can receive information (by speaking to someone, viewing online or by receiving printed guidelines) on practical, ethical and professional matters. Members can also access IACP publications ranging from the latest professional guidelines to public information leaflets. 

Education: IACP assists with all types of member enquiries and puts you in touch with the right experts. Members can access a range of information from the office, and can receive information (by speaking to someone, viewing online or by receiving printed guidelines) on practical, ethical and professional matters. Members can also access IACP publications ranging from the latest professional guidelines to public information leaflets.

E-news: Regular e-mail circular containing information and employment / placement opportunities.

Reduced Professional Insurance: IACP negotiated professional indemnity insurance schemes. O’Brien Finlay: Qualified Therapist - €75 discount, Students - €160 discount.

Regional Support: Support and networking opportunities at regular Regional meetings nationwide.

Regional Participation: All members are also automatically members of their Regional branch and can network with local colleagues and help influence the Association’s priorities.

Reduced Rate Health Insurance: IACP members can avail of a VHI Group Scheme number 4375 and there are various discounts (minimum of 10%) depending on the scheme selected.

Welcome Pack: On joining members receive a “Welcome Pack” including a recent edition of the IACP quarterly journal, "Éisteach”, Important company information and an IACP pen.

IACP Membership Card: The IACP Membership card in conjunction with Countdown Ireland offers IACP members not only official recognition of their IACP membership but also the ability to benefit from a wide range of deals nationwide (effective from June 2015).

 


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Membership Fee incl. Garda Vetting €55.00

After payment you will be emailed a link to your online application form.

 


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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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