Get involved! Often, we are asked to sign a petition or make a statement of solidarity, but the Union feels that now is the time for PCU to focus on our own campaigns as counsellors and psychotherapists. We would like members to be involved in sustained campaigns, some of which already exist or have started. We feel that our members have spoken about their strong and passionate interest in campaigns, we would like to set up the following campaign and task groups:
Paid Work Campaign – challenging the tide of voluntary posts across sectors.
NHS Campaign – challenge growing privatisation and one-size fits all therapies. Give the voice back to the practitioners.
Influencing the Government Campaign - support and defend therapy from attacks from government and media. Including creeping medicalisation and one-size fits all therapies. Increasing the influence of practitioners, rather than top down influence.
Recruiting and Educating Trainees Campaign - educational role of PCU in training; challenging the system where trainees work unpaid; recruiting trainees to PCU.
Task Group Against Intersectional Discrimination - challenge structural issues of intersectional discrimination in our profession that maintain and perpetuate power over marginalised groups. Our first goal is to challenge the perpetuation of inequality that is grounded in racism / kneenecking within the recruitment, training, delivery of services in the psychotherapy and counselling profession including the workplace and Union.
Against Prevent Campaign – this is an already established campaign group, challenging the Prevent Bill in its erosion of civil liberties and the ethical values of therapists.
We are asking you, our members, if you would like to get in touch and be part of any of those groups. If so, please send an email to the PCU admin with the heading the name that particular campaign that you are interested in. email@example.com
The general and trainee flyers, Navigating a Sea of Change Therapy Today article (Dec 2018), PCU Talking Points and Codes of Practice for Training and Employment can be shared to support therapists and trainees understand PCU's role in standing up for therapists and therapy. Physical copies of the flyer can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org