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Decision of Minister Simon Harris in relation to the regulation of counsellors and psychotherapists under the Health and Social Care professionals Act 2005

Published: 29 May 2017
From: Department of Health

In September 2016, the Minister engaged in a formal consultation process in which interested persons and organisations were invited to formally submit their views on how the statutory regulation of the counsellors and psychotherapists should proceed. A total of 80 submissions were received by the closing date of 30th November 2016.

Following consideration of Minister Harris’s consultation with the Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU) and the public consultation process the Minister now intends to proceed with the designation under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 of two distinct professions, counsellor and psychotherapist, each with its own register, under one registration board.

Department officials will commence work as soon as is practicable on the legislative and administrative arrangements required to designate the professions under the 2005 Act, establish the registration board and arrange for the appointment of its 13 board members (to be recruited through the Public Appointments Service) in accordance with the provisions of the Act. Once appointed, the registration board will give further consideration to a number of key issues pertaining to the regulation of the professions and will advise the Minister and the Council accordingly. Registration boards established under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 can appoint sub-committees (which can include non-board members) or seek expert advice to assist in its work.

Submissions

The Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy

Submission - The Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy

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The Irish Association for Play Therapy and Psychotherapy

Submission - The Irish Association for Play Therapy and Psychotherapy

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The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Submission - The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

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Appendices to the IACP Submission to the Department of Health in Response to the Proposed Regulation of Counsellors and Psychotherapists

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Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Submission - Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists

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The Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

Submission - The Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

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Irish Council for Psychotherapy

Submission - Irish Council for Psychotherapy

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The Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy Association

Submission - The Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy Association

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The Irish Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Submission - The Irish Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

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The Psychological Society of Ireland

Submission - The Psychological Society of Ireland

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Bodywhys

Submission - Bodywhys

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Play Therapy Ireland

Submission - Play Therapy Ireland

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Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland

Submission - Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland

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Irish Association of Relationship Mentors

Submission - Irish Association of Relationship Mentors

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The Psychological Therapies Forum

Submission - The Psychological Therapies Forum

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The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network

Submission - The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network

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The Irish Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy

Submission - The Irish Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy

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Mental Health Ireland

Submission - Mental Health Ireland

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The National Association for Pastoral Counselling & Psychotherapy

Submission - The National Association for Pastoral Counselling & Psychotherapy

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The Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists

Submission - The Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists

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The Institute of Guidance Counsellors

Submission - The Institute of Guidance Counsellors

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The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Submission - The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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McIntosh Caroline

Submission - McIntosh Caroline

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Roberts Nigel

Submission - Roberts Nigel

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Children's Therapy Centre

Submission - Children's Therapy Centre

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The Institute of Education

Submission - The Institute of Education

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The Human Givens Institute

Submission - The Human Givens Institute

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The National Centre for Guidance in Education

Submission - The National Centre for Guidance in Education

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The Department of Psychotherapy Dublin Business School

Submission - The Department of Psychotherapy Dublin Business School

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The Irish College of Humanities & Applied Science

Submission - The Irish College of Humanities & Applied Science

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PCI College

Submission - PCI College

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Quality & Qualifications Ireland

Submission - Quality & Qualifications Ireland

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DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences

Submission - DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences

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Turning Point Institute

Submission - Turning Point Institute

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The Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

Submission - The Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

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The School Of Psychotherapy St Vincent’s University Hospital

Submission - The School Of Psychotherapy St Vincent’s University Hospital

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School of Medicine in University College Dublin

Submission - School of Medicine in University College Dublin

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The Counselling Centre Cork

Submission - The Counselling Centre Cork

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Integrative Psychotherapy programmes School of Education, UL

Submission - Integrative Psychotherapy programmes School of Education, UL

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O’Sullivan Martin

Submission - O’Sullivan Martin

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Heffernan Joe

Submission - Heffernan Joe

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Bowman Marcus

Submission - Bowman Marcus

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Corbett Theresa

Submission - Corbett Theresa

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Abate Counselling

Submission - Abate Counselling

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O’Farrell Ursula

Submission - O’Farrell Ursula

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Clothier Fiona

Submission - Clothier Fiona

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The Novara Centre

Submission - The Novara Centre

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Lets get Talking

Submission - Lets get Talking

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The Oasis Centre

Submission - The Oasis Centre

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Lyons Stephen

Men’s Development Network Counselling Service

Submission - Men’s Development Network Counselling Service

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HSE CHO 9 Counselling Department Addiction Service

Submission - HSE CHO 9 Counselling Department Addiction Service

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O’Shaughnessy Andrew

Submission - O’Shaughnessy Andrew

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Alleviate Submission

Submission - Alleviate Submission

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Reddy Mark

Gill Attracta

Submission - Gill Attracta

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Henson-Dowds-Hohmann

Submission - Henson-Dowds-Hohmann

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D’Souza Gillford

Submission - D’Souza Gillford

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HSE Directors of Counselling group

Submission - HSE Directors of Counselling group

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Doyle Anne

Submission - Doyle Anne

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ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service

Submission - ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service

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O’Keeffe Sonya Adlerian Counsellors

Submission - O’Keeffe Sonya Adlerian Counsellors

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ABC Counselling & Psychotherapy

Submission - ABC Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Comerford Pat

Submission - Comerford Pat

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Burgess Tracey

Submission - Burgess Tracey

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Finlay Catherine

Submission - Finlay Catherine

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Hamilton Wayne

Submission - Hamilton Wayne

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O’Brien Colette

Submission - O’Brien Colette

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Stevenson Kevin

Submission - Stevenson Kevin

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Balfe Declan

Submission - Balfe Declan

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White Maurice

Submission - White Maurice

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New Vistas Healthcare

Submission - New Vistas Healthcare

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IMPACT

Submission - IMPACT

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Human Life International (Ireland)

Submission - Human Life International (Ireland)

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Alliance for the Defence of the Family and Marriage

Submission - Alliance for the Defence of the Family and Marriage

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National Disability Authority

Submission - National Disability Authority

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Professional Standards Authority (UK)

Submission - Professional Standards Authority (UK)

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Irish Hospice Foundation

Submission - Irish Hospice Foundation

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Institute of Homoeopathic Practitioners Ireland

Submission - Institute of Homoeopathic Practitioners Ireland

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Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland

Submission - Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland

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Irish Institute of Cognitive and Humanistic Psychotherapy

Submission - Irish Institute of Cognitive and Humanistic Psychotherapy

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