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IACP Staff Remote Working Arrangements – Covid-19 [13/03/20]

Considering advice from the Irish Government regarding the prevention of further Covid-19 outbreak. The IACP office – at Marina House, Clarence Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin will close from today, 13th March and reopen on 30th March – pending further advice from the government. We will keep you updated as to any possible changes to these arrangements as they become available to us.

During this time, all IACP employees will be working remotely and will be accessible by email, if you do need to speak to a member of staff, please send a request via email with your phone number and nature of your query, and a member of staff can call you.

Please note that all IACP events, meetings and seminars for March and April have already been postponed/cancelled. Measures have been taken to ensure that all refunds – where applicable – will be processed as soon as they possibly can. We would kindly ask for your patience during these times.

The IACP is continuing to follow the advice of the HSE and the HSPC and would kindly ask our members to do the same. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that is caused, but we feel that this is a necessary precaution to protect the health and well-being of our staff and our members.
Please follow this link for the email addresses of our staff.

We thank you for your continued professionalism and your understanding in this challenging time and assure you of our ongoing support over the coming weeks.

Kind regards,

Lisa Molloy

CEO


Important Notice Regarding IACP Events [12/03/20]

Dear Member,

Because of the rapidly evolving nature of the situation with COVID-19, the IACP have made the decision to postpone all scheduled IACP events for March and April.

All members registered to attend an upcoming event in either March or April will be emailed individually and will receive a full refund for the price of the event (if applicable).

We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause but the safety and welfare of our members, staff and speakers is our highest priority.

There are currently 3 free workshops for IACP Members within the Online CPD Portal, totalling 8 hours CPD. Log in to the Members Area on the IACP website here to access the portal.

We will continue to review the situation for our events planned after April and will keep you informed.

The IACP will continue to monitor will continue to closely follow the precautions and advice outlined by the HSE and the HSPC.

Kind regards

Lisa Molloy
CEO


Covid-19 Online/Tele Counselling [11/03/20]

We do not wish to be prescriptive when speaking with our members about how they carry out their business. We do however ask them to follow all necessary precautions as outlined by the HSE and the HSPC.These can be found by following the links below:

https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/ 
https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html 

The means by which you conduct your practice is entirely at your discretion, but we do understand that you have a duty of care to your clients and yourself. If you are interested in tele-counselling or working online, IACP has developed guidelines and standards that must be met when it comes to working remotely, which are available under the link: https://iacp.ie/onlinecounselling.

Also, there is an introduction to this type of work on IACP Online CPD Platform, which can be accessed through IACP Website in the Members’ Area. This can be found by following the link below:

https://iacp.ie/index.php/page/loginmember. Please click on CPD Portal, and it will bring you to an area where you can access this training free of charge. If you have forgotten your login details or password, please contact Member Care on 01 230 35 36 or membercare@iacp.ie.


Covid-19 Online Supervision [11/03/20]

Remote/online Supervision is now accepted for Pre-accredited Members who work online (maximum of 50 hours of client work out of 450 can be supervised online) and for Accredited Members and Supervisors who work with clients both face to face and remotely.

IACP Supervisor who supervises remotely/online, must be competent to deliver work remotely and adhere to IACP Criteria for Remote/Online Counselling & Psychotherapy Work, as well as adhere to IACP’s Recommended Approach for Online Counselling and Psychotherapy (link to files:

https://iacp.ie/onlinecounselling ) and follow the IACP Code of Ethics and Practice.

Competence and training:
Competence includes having alternative ways of providing services if the primary method of communication fails, having access to technological support that ensures the confidentiality of the work and keeping up to date concerning any new developments regarding technology being used in order to provide the safest and most reliable service to clients.
Such competence in providing counselling and psychotherapy services and supervision that use technology require formal training.

Training should cover modules such as:

Different means of delivering online therapy and supervision
Benefits and risks of online client and supervision work for practitioner and client/supervisor and supervisee
Legal & Ethical considerations including Informed Consent, Privacy Policies/GDPR Future Developments and importance of staying up to date with technology.

It is recommended that online supervision is contracted face-to-face and that there is a blend of face-to-face and online supervision contracted when possible rather than only online/remote supervision, to maintain the benefits of face-to-face contact to build a supervisory relationship. All other current supervision criteria must be met in order to count online supervision.

For anyone interested in online/remote work and/or supervision, introductory course to working online is available on the IACP Online CPD Platform, which can be accessed through IACP Website in the Members’ Area. This can be found by following the link:
https://iacp.ie/index.php/page/loginmember

Please click on Online CPD, and it will bring you to an area where you can access this training free of charge.
If you have forgotten your login details or password, please contact Member Care on 01 230 35 36 or membercare@iacp.ie.


Statement Regarding Covid-19 [10/03/20]

The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is continuing to remain vigilant surrounding the wellbeing and security of our members, staff, and visitors while visiting or working at our office at Marina House, Clarence Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

The welfare of our staff, members, and visitors is of paramount importance at any of our seminars, workshops or meetings.
We are monitoring the situation with regard to the spread of COVID19 in Ireland and its potential impact on IACP.
At present, all planned IACP events will go ahead, based on the information currently available to us. However, this will be reviewed as and when the position changes.

Nonetheless:

If you have recently visited a region that has been affected by the virus, would please refrain from attending these workshops or visiting our premises. Please use your good judgement and please follow the advice of the HSE. If you are unsure if the area you have visited is one that has been affected please follow this link.
If you are feeling ill or are exhibiting any symptoms of the virus, please refrain from attending our workshops or visiting our main office.
If you have been in contact with a person who has been confirmed to have Covid-19 in the preceding fortnight, please do not attend our workshops or visit our premises.
We will continue to closely follow the precautions and advice outlined by the HSE and the HSPC.
You can find more information about Covid-19 by following this link.

Please follow this link for some tips on protecting yourself from Covid-19.

Kind regards,
IACP

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