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Government Proposals on Statutory Regulation

For over a decade now all those involved in counselling and psychotherapy – including the Psychological Therapies Forum of which APCP is a member – have been calling for statutory registration. This has now been advanced significantly by the Government in declaring its intention to put both professions under the auspices of CORU based on […]

Professional Bodies and the Psychological Therapies Forum

Some people may not be fully aware of the important work undertaken by the Psychological Therapies Forum or of its role in developing standards in counselling and psychotherapy in Ireland. Perhaps this is because most of its work is undertaken as a professional network of counselling and psychotherapy associations, but in truth it is one […]


 CORU is Ireland’s first multi-professional health regulator or sometimes referred to as the Health & Social care Professionals’ Council. CORU initially undertook the regulation of 12 disciplines.  Counselling and psychotherapy were not included in the initial group of professions that came under the remit of CORU, but it is expected that they will be included […]

Quality and Qualification Ireland – QQI

Quality and Qualification Ireland was established by the Government in November 2012. It is made up the amalgamation of 4 groups namely the Further Education and Training Award Council (FETAC), Higher Education and Training Award Council (HETAC), the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) and the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB). QQI’s principal role is […]

Education and Professional Standards

One of the most vexing questions surrounding counselling and psychotherapy in Ireland over the last 20 years has been the subject of educational and professional standards. The principal difficulty with unregulated professions is that of differing standards and a lack of standardisation. Within the fields of counselling and psychotherapy in Ireland, there are currently over […]

Counselling and Psychotherapy – How are both professions likely to evolve?

While there are areas of similarity and overlap between Counselling and Psychotherapy,  differences relate to the level of complexity which fall within the scope of practice of counsellors or psychotherapists and these in turn, reflect the different levels of training undertaken. Internationally the ‘norms’ of training in psychotherapy require practitioners to have undertaken a minimum […]

What does the future hold for the practice of Counselling in Ireland?

The current professional environment for the practice of Counselling in Ireland is beginning to take shape. Within the past year the Irish Government has committed to regulating the practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy which to date has been unregulated, and thus the protection of the public has not been assured by any State agency. In […]