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IACP at Fleadh Cheoil 2015

IACP are delighted to have attended the 2015 Fleadh Cheoil held in Sligo town.

The Fleadh is the largest single festival of Irish traditional music in the world, and up to 400,000 people attend over the nine days. It is a competition for amateur musicians and these can be seen all over the town in free events, in pubs, halls, main stands
and even just as you walk through the streets.

Ten IACP members volunteered to attend on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the second weekend and distributed over 4,000 IACP leaflets and 4,000 IACP pens. IACP were interviewd on Ocean FM about therapy and the IACP presence at the Flaedh.

The IACP volunteers received a very warm response from the Fleadh attendees. IACP will attend the Fleadh in 2016 when it will be held in Ennis, Co Clare.

Many thanks to the volunteer members and everyone involved.

 


 

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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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