I would love to meet you at ‘The Future of Counselling & Psychotherapy : Rally & Conference’ 2nd December 2012 in London N17

by Julia Evans on November 10, 2012

Dear Alliance  Supporters,

Are You Coming To Our Conference?

Sunday 2nd December 2012

From 9.30am at the Selby Centre, London N17 8JL

Location: The Selby Centre  is a former Tottenham secondary school, converted in 1986 into a community centre. It was taken over by the local community, through The Selby Trust, in 1997 with a 25 year lease from Harringey Council. It has become a community hub, currently home to 100+ social enterprises, community groups, training providers, faith organisations and sports groups – including organisations concerned with local mental health issues. 80% of its users are social organisations, many led by local residents and/or meeting community needs. 400+ employed people make use of the centre and 122 volunteers provide support. http://www.selbytrust.co.uk

Further details at www.alliancefor candp.org , here

Please let us know: info@allianceforcandp.org

There is a major crisis facing counselling and psychotherapy in the UK. We know many of you have been affected by the decimation of primary care counselling, by the destruction of NHS  psychotherapy departments, by the growth of the scandalously insufficient IAPT  project, by the unwarranted dominance of CBT across the field, all buttressed by the so-called ‘scientifically’ derived guidelines produced by NICE.

If current trends continue, with relational therapies being widely cut or decommissioned in favour of a quick fix ‘payment by results’ culture, there could eventually be no psychotherapy or counselling provision in the public sector; the voluntary sector could soon face the same fate, and this will all inevitably spill over into private practice as well.

Everyday people are signing up the conference, to take part in a conversation about the future of therapy, and we very much hope you will come too.

As you know, the Alliance led the battle against inappropriate state regulation by HPC  (Now HCPC) and we instigated a petition on the vexed topic of the NICE guidelines, which has so far attracted over 6,000 signatures. The Alliance is taking a lead in tackling the current crisis, and we urge you to join us at the conference. Our approach is based on bringing together thoughtful and committed people from every conceivable tradition and background, and the conference programme reflects that commitment to diversity, cutting edge thinking and speaking truth to power.

The programme and speakers are outlined below. We plan to look at what might be done to refresh, protect and nourish psychotherapy and counselling in the NHS and voluntary sectors. We are also going to explore new thinking about how ‘therapy’ in the broadest sense can get to as many people who want it as possible. There are many innovative projects out there and we will hear about some of them.

We want to take this chance to re-connect with supporters, and to ask you to come along. If you aren’t coming, please do tell us why not! Also if you haven’t already done so, please do pass the conference flyer to friends and colleagues. Anyone with an interest (not just therapists!) is welcome

Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,

Disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage;

But above all, join us in this vital conversation.

With all good wishes,

The Alliance – www.allianceforcandp.org

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Conference programme

PROGRAMME

10am to 10-20am

The Alliance Today

Brief contributions from Jennifer Maidman and Andrew Samuels

Jennifer Maidman, Co-Editor of Self and Society

Andrew Samuels, former chair of UKCP

10-20am to 11-30am 

New Thinking for the Psy Field

Denis Postle, Phil Thomas and Julia Young facilitated by Paul Atkinson

Denis Postle, Independent Practitioners Network

Phil Thomas, writer and critical psychiatrist, co-author of Postpsychiatry with Pat Bracken

Julia Young, counsellor in private practice

11-30am to 12pm Break

12pm to 1pm

Discussion in small groups

1pm to 2pm     Lunch

2pm to 3-10pm  

Radicalising the Mainstream  

David Pink, Rosie Risq, Ian Simpson facilitated by Ian Parker

David Pink, Chief Executive, UK Council for Psychotherapy

Rosemary Rizq, University of Roehampton

Ian Simpson, former head of South London and Maudsley Psychotherapy.

3-10pm to 4-10pm

Discussion in small groups

4-10pm to 5-15pm

Closing discussion

Please let the Alliance know if you plan to be there: info@allianceforcandp.org

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Original invitation:

Outline:

In the morning, we will look at new thinking for the psy field. How can we organize and finance therapy in response to cuts in NHS provision and its continuing appropriation by private companies? Do we need networks of local practitioners offering low-cost therapy and/or alternative provision to GP consortia? Do we need to radically rethink ourselves away from our professional, regulated consulting rooms into community activity? Should we be identifying ourselves more with the radical resources and wisdom of the psyCommons – the common sense through which people create and manage their everyday lives together?

In the afternoon, we will explore radicalizing the mainstream. Topics for discussion include: protecting and expanding counselling and psychotherapy in the NHS and voluntary sector, developing the critique of IAPT priorities, discussing voluntary regulation under the Professional Standards Authority (formerly CHRE), challenging the ‘guidelines’ of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), and exposing the authoritarian, limited and self-serving assumptions of much of the ‘evidence-based’ approach to research.

PROGRAMME

10am to 10-20am

The Alliance Today

Brief contributions from Jennifer Maidman and Andrew Samuels

Jennifer Maidman, Co-Editor of Self and Society

Andrew Samuels, former chair of UKCP

10-20am to 11-30am 

New Thinking for the Psy Field

Denis Postle, Phil Thomas and Julia Young facilitated by Paul Atkinson

Denis Postle, Independent Practitioners Network

Phil Thomas, writer and critical psychiatrist, co-author of Postpsychiatry with Pat Bracken

Julia Young, counsellor in private practice

11-30am to 12pm Break

12pm to 1pm

Discussion in small groups

1pm to 2pm     Lunch

2pm to 3-10pm  

Radicalising the Mainstream  

David Pink, Rosie Risq, Ian Simpson facilitated by Ian Parker

David Pink, Chief Executive, UK Council for Psychotherapy

Rosemary Rizq, University of Roehampton

Ian Simpson, former head of South London and Maudsley Psychotherapy.

3-10pm to 4-10pm

Discussion in small groups

4-10pm to 5-15pm

Closing discussion