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Benefits of IACP Membership

IACP Membership offers multiple benefits to the professional and aspiring Therapist.

IACP is the largest Counselling/Psychotherapy Association in Ireland and comprises thousands of practitioners committed to raising Counselling/Psychotherapy standards in Ireland.

The main benefits of IACP Membership are:

Formal recognition of your qualifications and experience through our accreditation process. Accredited Members are entitled to use MIACP after their name.

Information Service: The IACP telephone information service is a service to the public that provides a link between those who are seeking counselling/psychotherapy and our Accredited members.

Online Directory Listing: Accredited members are listed on the IACP website in the ‘Directory of Accredited Members’.

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.

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

Quarterly Journal: The IACP journal  'the Irish Journal of Counselling & Psychotherapy' including high-quality articles, ‘Notice Board’ and Advertising is sent to members four times a year.

Access to EBSCO resources: This resource is available to all IACP members on a permanent basis. We have seen great levels of activity among the membership in terms of accessing our digital library for research purposes. Members have also unlimited access to EBSCO Psychology e-Book Collection.This exciting collection has over 590 popular e-books in psychology, psychotherapy, counselling and more.  

Professional Support on Standards of Practice and Education: IACP assists with all types of member enquiries. Members can access a range of support from the office and receive information (by speaking to someone, viewing online or 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 receive information (by speaking to someone, viewing online or 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.

Ethical Advisor: An Ethical Advisor service is currently available to Members. The Ethical Advisor is available for 4 hours per week to respond to ethical queries from members. The purpose of the Ethical Advisor function is to provide specific support for members regarding ethical matters. The Ethical Advisor is the first point of contact for members regarding any ethical enquiries. Particularly complex queries may require further consultation with the Ethics Committee. Marie Kealy, Ethical Advisor, is an experienced IACP Member and Supervisor. If you have any ethical enquiries, please contact Marie by email

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

Continuing Professional Development: IACP provide several seminars and webinars for members annually, including free CPD annually via the online training portal. 

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.

Attendance at AGM: The AGM is a good opportunity for you to ensure that you are fully informed of current policies, standards and activities. It is also a great opportunity to network with colleagues and fellow members.

Reduced rate to attend the IACP Annual Conference: The annual conference is a great opportunity to meet other members, hear keynote speakers and the annual events ceremony and attend the social evening dinner. 

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

Reduced Professional Insurance: IACP negotiated professional indemnity insurance schemes. The details can be found here: Insurance companies schemes for IACP members

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.

IACP Logo: Accredited Members have use of the IACP logo on their promotional material and website.

Involvement: Members can influence IACP policy and development by participation on IACP’s sub-committees and panels. Accredited Members also can vote in (or stand for election in) Board of Directors, Sub-Committee and Regional elections.

International Representation: The IACP represents members’ views internationally and continues to work with the International Association for Counselling, Counselling in Scotland (COSCA), American Counselling Association (ACA), Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), and many others.

BACP agreement: The IACP has an agreement with BACP for fully accredited IACP members (subject to being a Registered Member of BACP) around recognising accreditation status (doesn't include Supervisor Accreditation).

IACP Membership Card: The IACP Membership card, in conjunction with Countdown Ireland, offers IACP members official recognition of their IACP membership and the ability to benefit from a wide range of deals nationwide.

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