Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
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Garda Vetting

The State has introduced Garda Vetting for Counsellors / Psychotherapists, and the IACP are here to make it easy as possible for its members and to help them in whatever way they can.

The Gardaí have introduced a new eVetting system which is designed to be easy and straightforward to follow, and will minimise waiting times for applications.

The IACP have a responsibility to ensure that the Association provides a safe, secure and professional service for all stakeholders. It also endeavours to ensure that Garda Vetting is part of a wider process ensuring the protection and safety of all vulnerable members of the community.

The IACP is committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of all people attending its accredited Counsellors and Psychotherapists. As a ‘Relevant Organisation’, all of our accredited, pre-accredited and student members (1st year students exempt) are subject to vetting procedures as part of the accreditation and membership process.

The IACP commenced Garda Vetting in November 2015. Garda Vetting will have a phased introduction and members will be emailed with all the necessary information and forms.

Please Note: No immediate action is required by IACP members. The IACP will contact members by email with the relevant forms and documentation.

Amended Garda Vetting Policy Date - 15/02/2017


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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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