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Kilkenny bereavement group receives donation

Kilkenny Bereavement Support received IACP donation


Kilkenny Bereavement Support has been appointed as the IACP Conference Charity Partner 2017. The main work of Kilkenny Bereavement Support is one to one support for the bereaved. The numbers attending are on the increase every year. Last year the group met with 115 people, 87 of whom were females and 28 males. Of these, 11 were under 18s. The organization also sees bereaved people from surrounding counties. A cheque was presented to the Group at the IACP Annual Conference in Kilkenny earlier this month.

The IACP provides information, as well as setting and maintaining  practice and training standards. The IACP was founded in 1981 and has 4,200 members nationwide, including 88 in County Kilkenny, 53 in County Carlow and 114 in County Wexford. There are accredited counsellors and psychotherapists in every county in Ireland and the association works to ensure that counselling and psychotherapy are recognized as an integral part of healthcare provision.


The IACP has established a comprehensive Code of Ethics and Practice. IACP also partners other National and International Counselling and Psychotherapy Associations to advance the development of Counselling and Psychotherapy. A Telephone Referral Service providing information on all areas relating to counselling and psychotherapy is provided at 01-2303536, 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday. A free comprehensive online directory of all accredited IACP Counsellors / Psychotherapists in Ireland is available at  




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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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