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Why students and trainees should get involved in UKCP’s ethics consultation

Publication date: March 1, 2019

I’m Deborah Lee, a Senior Lecturer in Sociology; I’m also just coming to the end of my training as a person-centred psychotherapist. I’ve been a lay member of the UKCP’s Ethics Committee since September 2016.

As you will know, the Committee has been engaged in developing a new Code of Ethics for UKCP members – a draft of this is now available for consultation.

I want to encourage my fellow trainees and students of psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling, to contribute to this consultation. The Ethics Committee actively seeks to hear your voices.

You’ll have studied previously in different fields, had careers in different fields; ethics will, in a variety of ways, have been important in all these places. We feel that what you know from your other contexts can assist the development of psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling.

And, as you’ve progressed in your training, you will have deepened your appreciation of ethics as it applies to psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling; you will have responded thoughtfully to ethical issues in your work.

We expect your previous and current experiences will sometimes have caused you to question, or want to question, ‘this is how we do things’. At UKCP, we encourage and support thoughtful engagement; psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling are living professions.

You’ll be working with the new UKCP Code of Ethics now and when you qualify. It will be a very important document that you’ll refer to again and again. It is your Code, and we invite you to engage with it and help us shape it.

The Consultation is available in the consultations area of this website. It is open until Friday, 5 April 2019.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Dr Deborah A. Lee
Member of the UKCP Ethics Committee/UCKP Trainee member
On behalf of the UKCP Ethics Committee



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