History of Regulation Articles

Erin Stevens wrote:


   I am wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of some clear information about the political history leading up to the development of SCoPEd? I am writing something and I want to check I've got my facts right. I'm particularly looking for information about the BACP's historical relationship with the other professional bodies and any previous movement towards standardisation/regulation.



Andrew Price wrote: it would be fantastic if those PCU members with the historical knowledge on this issue set up a group to write it on behalf of the PCU.

Eamon Marshall wrote:

Erin, Your questions and questioning are good to hear. And for this reader, a timely reminder. 

The philosophical and political struggle to oppose the sequestration of the 'psy' field by the government/HPC back in 2007+ was a monumental effort by many and energised the field in very significant ways. As someone who has been practicing for nearly 25 years I am dismayed to hear of a younger generation of practitioners who have no idea about this recent history and who think that a statutory arrangement is desirable. For me, a telling aspect of the successful Judicial Review in 2010 was that the judge awarded a third of the costs against the HPC - a very unusual outcome. Denis Postle has written very comprehensively on this in "Therapy Futures - Obstacles and Opportunities - introducing the psyCommons" (2012)

In these politically unstable times the independence of mind and the independence of thought residing in our field of work is absolutely not to be taken for granted.  Wendy wrote:

Sorry I've nothing concrete to offer here, I've been looking myself for some kind of social/political history of counselling and psychotherapy and found very little.  Somebody needs to write it! Maybe a retirement project for me one day - I used to be an historian/researcher many years ago.  

From experience, some questions can be very difficult to answer without access to organisation's archives and they're not obliged to share whatever records they hold - nor indeed to allow you to publish work based on their records; on the other hand sometimes things are a matter of public record - for example the HPC did at one point start drafting a 'proficiency standard' for counsellors and psychotherapists and were planning to make them protected titles - https://www.hcpc-uk.org/globalassets/meetings-attachments3/plg---psychotherapists-and-counsellors/2009/may/psychotherapists_and_counsellors_professional_liaison_group_2009052627_enclosure02-draft-standards-of-proficiency/

I can be quite good at digging around, I can't guarantee success but I'm willing to try - feel free to PM me.  Good luck with what you're writing.



These articles/discussions were posted on the Google forum:

Nick Totton wrote:

Here are siome reference points for such a project (there's actually quite a lot out there):

Implausible Professions: Arguments for Pluralism and Autonomy in Psychothereapy and Counselling. Richard Huse and Nick Totton, eds. PCCS Books

Ethically Challenged Professions: Enabling Innovation and Diversity in Psychotherapy and Ciubnselling. Richard House and Yvonne Bates, eds. PCCAS Books.

Regulating the Psychological Therapies: From Taxonomy to Taxidermy. Denis Postle. PCCS Books.

The Case Against Psychotherapy Registration: A Conservation Issue for the Human Potential Movement. Richard Mowbray.

The Defeat of State Regulation in the UK. Nick Totton. From The Script, 42(1); attached to this email

The Baby and the Bathwater. Nick Totton. From the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 1999 - near the start of the struggle; attached to this email.

Andrew Samuels wrote:

Please add my ‘Expert’ report on the Skills for Health project. Expert’ report on the Skills for Health project. SfH is the ancestor of this SCoPed thing. There is, as someone has suggested, a huge amount on the Alliance site https://allianceblogs.wordpress.com/

Jay Beichman wrote:

I've just written a PhD thesis about 'How counsellors and psychotherapists make sense of pluralistic approaches to therapy' which has a Sociohistorical Context chapter in it that you might find useful and looks at regulation etc. If you are particularly interested in the BACP part of it you could not in my view get a better 'insider' take on it than Sally Aldridge's 'Counselling - An Insecure Profession: A Sociological and Historical Analysis' PhD thesis published in 2011 and available for free (if I remember correctly) online at the University of Leicester. 

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