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 in the next tranch of occupations.

A central aspect of CORU’s work is to ensure a course has met the required standards it sets for relevant disciplines in:

  • Education
  • Training
  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Practice education

In a statement in late 2012, the Minister of State at the Department of Health –  Alex White clearly stated that CORU will be the agency with responsibility for the future regulation of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and that those types of qualification  “will be the minimum qualifications required of counsellors and psychotherapists to register under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005”. 

CORU establishes a registration board for the registration of relevant professions and sets the entry and practice standards.  In that context, current and future practitioners will need to apply to CORU for registration in order to be able to use the titles Counsellor or Psychotherapist when regulation becomes effective.

CORU will also have a role in ensuring that practitioners keep their professional knowledge and skills up to date and continuous professional development  ‘ is part of a practitioner’s professionalism and is required under their code of professional conduct and ethics adopted by the Registration Board of that profession’. CORU website.

Effectively this is likely to mean that your qualification must at a minimum be a QQI qualification that has been approved by CORU and not a course that make you a  member of a particular professional body. It also means as a practitioner, you will be required to demonstrate a commitment to your on-going professional development.