Updated: May 26
PCU supports and defends therapist's right to make their own professional judgement regarding working online. For some this is a simple adaptation not unlike providing telephone sessions for clients unable to attend sessions in person. For others that are less experienced with these new ways of communicating, we trust that therapists can find the support where they need it and if they need it, as is also normal practice. PCU are therefore supporting therapists to trust their own judgement and to use their supervision as they do anyway to continue to work with their clients across the barriers of social distancing in whatever form this takes, be it online, telephone or other means of communication. We recognise the depth and seriousness of this crisis (C-19 in 2020) and the need for both clients and therapists alike to remain in touch as a priority.We welcome the recent statements by BACP, UKCP and BPC that their members should use their own judgement about how to work with their clients in the current crisis, and that additional specialist training is not a requirement.