Response from PCU to Therapy Today’s article,“Working for Free” (April edition)

Therapy Today’s article, “Working for Free” (April edition online here: claims to offer “views from both sides of the argument about whether qualified counsellors should work unpaid.”

We are therefore surprised and concerned to note the omission of any reference to the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union (PCU) and its active campaign around unpaid work Moreover, we note that the piece conveys, without correction, the view that 'we don't have a union to represent us'.

PCU is known to BACP, particularly in regard to support in complaints procedures. Therapy Today ran its own news piece following our launch two years ago and has published letters from us previously. We are therefore puzzled by this omission.

We respectfully request that Therapy Today offers a correction to the article and makes available to its members, in that correction, the information that a union is in existence, uniquely, for the benefit of its members and all counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK, and which is actively campaigning for the rights of both trainee and qualified therapists in the arena of unpaid work.

Richard Bagnall-Oakley - Chair, on behalf of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union (PCU)

PCU also note that BACP is yet to update membership criteria to include the PCU exception for PsychD Trainees who progress rather than graduate from M level to D level for which PCU was recently involved - see:

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