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IACP 2014/2015 – At a Glance

2014 was an exceptionally busy and productive year for our Association with highlights including:

  • Membership numbers rising above 3,600
  • Receiving a formal commitment from the Minister with responsibility for Mental Health to regulate Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Purchasing and moving to a modern Headquarters – click HERE to view some photos of the new office
  • More free and low cost workshops being offered to Members
  • Accreditation of 286 new Members
  • An Independent review of IACP’s Governance carried out by Boardmatch Ireland
  • Higher Member numbers attending workshops and seminars than any previous year
  • Members voting to move to Annual Accreditation (from January 2016)
  • Accreditation of 1 new Course
  • IACP receiving our highest ever level of media coverage
  • The designing of a new look Éisteach Journal
  • The hosting of a public talk on suicide prevention – click HERE to watch it
  • Accreditation of 26 new Supervisors
  • IACP Committee Members receiving more training
  • IACP gaining hundreds of social media followers in 2014 – the IACP Facebook Page now has 1738 Likes!
  • 49,000 IACP leaflets being distributed in over 2,100 locations around Ireland

In addition to continuing the above, we’re looking forward to the following activity in 2015: 

  • Conducting a Public and Member survey (Behaviour & Attitudes)
  • Introduction of IACP membership Cards (June 2015)
  • IACP 2-day Annual Conference (16 & 17th October)
  • Implementation of the Governance review recommendations
  • Offering more IACP Webinars
  • Publication of the revised IACP Code of Ethics
  • Publication of IACP’s Online Therapy policy
  • A new look, easy-to-read, electronic newsletter (e-news) – from February 2015)
  • Introduction of a new & improved CPD system





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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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