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Retired Accredited Membership

The IACP is introducing a new category of membership - Retired Accredited Member

Requirements for Retired Accredited Members

Retired Accredited Membership is open to any current or past IACP Accredited Member who has permanently ceased practising, in a paid or voluntary capacity, as a Counsellor / Psychotherapist. Renewal of accreditation and meeting the requirements for renewal, are therefore not necessary.

Applications must be submitted to the IACP office for approval

Retired Accredited Members must adhere to the IACP Code of Ethics

Retired Accredited Members may refer to themselves as “IACP Retired Accredited Member” only and they may not use the IACP Accredited Member logo or present themselves other than “IACP Retired Accredited Member” on any marketing or promotional materials, including printed and electronicc

Annual membership fee is €84

Retired Accredited Members will not be listed on the IACP Referral Database

Retired Accredited Member may not practice as an IACP Counsellor / Psychotherapist

Benefits of Membership

Quarterly Journal: The IACP journal ‘Eisteach’ including articles, ‘Notice Board’ and Advertising is sent to members four times a year.

E-news: Regular e-mail circular containing information and employment / placement opportunities.

Welcome Pack: On joining members receive a “Welcome Pack” including the IACP “Celebrating 30 years” Book, Important company information and an IACP pen.

IACP Membership Card: The IACP Membership card in conjunction with Countdown Ireland offers IACP members not only official recognition of their IACP membership but also the ability to benefit from a wide range of deals nationwide (effective from June 2015).

Reduced rate to attend the IACP Annual Conference: The new annual conference is a great opportunity to meet other members, to hear keynote speakers, attend the Gala Dinner with Carl Berkeley Memorial Award and take part in different Counselling & Psychotherapy workshops.

Attendance at AGM: The AGM is a good opportunity for you to ensure that you are fully informed of current policies, standards and activities. It is also a great opportunity to network with colleagues and fellow members (retired members cannot vote). 




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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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