Minister for Health appoints Counsellors & Psychotherapists Board

APCP is pleased to advise that the Minister for Health has announced the membership of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Registration Board. The main purpose of the Registration Board is to protect the public by fostering high standards of professional conduct, education, training, and competence amongst counsellors and psychotherapists and to advise the Minister on the professional titles which should be protected. We welcome this positive move towards the statutory regulation of Counselling and Psychotherapy and wish the Board members well in their work going forward. The Registration Board is comprised of 13 members, 6 from the professions of Counselling and Psychotherapy and 7 non-professional members. The appointments are for a period of up to 4 years, from February 25th, 2019, subject to paragraph 3 of Schedule 2 of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act, 2005.

The Board membership is as follows:

Patrick Benson, Ann Delaney, Dr Marcella Finnerty, Brian Gillen, Jennifer Griffin, Dr Brian Hallahan, Oliver A. Kelly, Jean Manahan, Rachel Mooney, Dr Gillian O’Brien, Dr Colin O’Driscoll Fidelma Twomey and Patricia Jordan.

APCP would like to congratulate Patricia Jordan, in particular, on her appointment to the Board.  Patricia was a former member of the APCP Executive and she has wide and varied experience both in professional psychotherapy practice and has had various roles in the Voluntary and Community sector. We are confident she will contribute positively to the work of the Board.

The Board will undertake a substantial body of preparatory work before it is in a position to open its registers. It is envisaged that this process will take a minimum of two years to complete. When the Board has opened the registers and the transitional period to allow existing practitioners to register is completed, a person who does not meet the standards necessary will not be able to register with CORU. It should also be noted that it will be an offence, punishable by a class A fine or imprisonment of up to six months, for a person not registered to use any of the titles protected, such as ‘counsellor’ or ‘psychotherapist’.

The full press release from the Minister is available here:

As always, any further information regarding statutory registration will be made available as soon as it is published.