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Research at IACP

As put forward in the Strategic plan (2010 - 2013) IACP has begun to formally engage with Research.

As put forward in the Strategic plan (2010-2013) IACP has begun to formally engage with Research.

A committee has been formed (made up of those with strong experience/ interest in the area of research) and has begun developing policy proposals for IACP’s strategy in the area. Some of the Committee aims include:

  • Designing IACP’s research application process.
  • Develop specific proposals for research in consultation with the Executive.
  • Manage all stages of IACP commissioned research projects from application to publication.
  • Produce evidence based research relevant to Irish and International Contexts.
  • Ensuring that IACP research is in line with our Strategic Plan and Best Practice.

Member contributions in this area will be greatly valued and all members will be consulted (via survey in mid 2013) on their views and ideas about IACP’s development in the area. We look forward to seeing progress in this area and to making research an important part of the Associations work. 



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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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