Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
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Welcome to IACP

Welcome to the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) website. Our Association was established in 1981, to identify, develop and maintain professional standards of excellence in counselling and psychotherapy. Our work promotes best practice and the development of the profession as well as safeguard the public. As a registered Charity (CHY 6615) representing over 4,200 members, we are the largest Counselling and Psychotherapy Association in Ireland. 

What we do:

IACP represent the interests of both client and Counsellor / Psychotherapist in Ireland. We are a link between those who are looking for Counselling / Psychotherapy and those who provide Counselling / Psychotherapy. In addition, we provide information and set and maintain practice and training standards. We represent Counselling / Psychotherapy at both national and international level. Much of our work involves developing high standards in the profession of Counselling / Psychotherapy. The IACP has established a comprehensive Code of Ethics and Practice. IACP also partners other National and International Counselling and Psychotherapy Associations to advance the development of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

IACP PURPOSE STATEMENT:

"Members working together to achieve excellence of practice, career development and wider awareness of the value of Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy"

IACP VISION STATEMENT:

A future where all people can access regulated professional Counselling and Psychotherapy services. Our vision is one where Counselling and Psychotherapy are an integral part of healthcare provision.

IACP CORE VALUES:

The underlying values which guide our work are as follows:

  • Integrity
  • Respect and Inclusivity
  • Valuing the Individual
  • Professional and Ethical

How to find a Counsellor / Psychotherapist: IACP provides:

  • A free comprehensive online directory of all accredited IACP Counsellors
  • / Psychotherapists in Ireland @ www.iacp.ie 
  • Accredited Counsellors / Psychotherapists in every county in Ireland
  • A Telephone Referral Helpline providing information on all areas relating to
  • Counselling & Psychotherapy: 01-2303536, 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday.

 

To Find out more about the History and Development of the IACP please see our publication: “IACP – Celebrating 30 years”

 

To find out more about the Strategic Development of the Association please see our Strategic plan in the left menu.

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Timeframe for statutory registration

 

Draft regulations to designate the professions of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and to establish a registration board will be ready for submission to the Houses of the Oireachtas for their approval during the present session, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has told the Dail.

 

The Minister recently concluded a public consultation on  his proposal to regulate counsellors generally under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.

 

On foot of the consultation process, He has decided to proceed with the designation of two distinct professions under the Act, that of counsellor and psychotherapist. Each will have its own register under one registration board. This decision has been communicated to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, the relevant professional bodies and all the respondents to the public consultation process.

 

Subject to the approval of the Houses, the next step will be the appointment of the 13 members of the registration board, following the submission of suitable candidates for the Minister's consideration, by the Public Appointments Service. The aim is that the registration board will be in a position early in the New Year to begin the task of drafting the various bye-laws to allow it to establish its registers.

 

 


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