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  • Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK

    Leading UK psychological professions and Stonewall unite against conversion therapy

    Published: 16 Oct 2017

    A memorandum of understanding (MoU) against conversion therapy has been launched today, which makes it clear that conversion therapy in relation to gender identity and sexual orientation (including asexuality) is unethical, potentially harmful and is not supported by evidence. Conversion therapy is the term for therapy that assumes certain sexual orientations or gender identities are inferior … 

  • New figures Workers reporting anxiety and depression have risen by nearly a third in the last four years

    Published: 10 Oct 2017

    As was publushed this morning by the Independent on World Mental Health Day, our figures show that workers reporting anxiety and depression have risen by nearly a third in the last four years. Coming from analysis of the GP Patient Survey completed by more than 400,000 full or part time workers, we see that rates of … 

  • UKCP set out their vision at the Conservative Party Conference

    Published: 3 Oct 2017

    Written by Professor Sarah Niblock, Chief Executive, UKCP We want to live in a country where no child should go to bed hungry, hopeless or frightened. That was the rallying call from the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) to politicians last night for a mentally healthier post-Brexit Britain. Politicians accepted that there has never been a better time … 

  • NHS Confederation and Centre for Mental Health release report on Mental Health Workforce

    Published: 20 Sep 2017

    Yesterday NHS Confederation and Centre for Mental Health released a report focusing on investment in the existing mental health workforce. We are pleased that this new report urges the Government to provide training to the existing mental health workforce, and that it recommends working with professional bodies to attract more people into the workforce. There is already … 

  • UKCP calls an election

    Published: 19 Sep 2017

    We are seeking nominations for a UKCP Trustee to the Board. We will update this page throughout the election period so please check it regularly. Nominations must be submitted using the form in our nomination pack. You will also find a role description and code of conduct for trustees in the pack. Download a nomination pack Key election … 

  • We Are Moving

    Published: 13 Sep 2017

    UK Council for Psychotherapy is moving offices on  Friday 15 September. This means that, from close of business on Thursday 14 September, we will not have access to emails and voicemails, nor will be available to answer telephone calls.   Be assured we’ll be back open for business on Monday 18 September. Until then, please be patient … 

  • UKCP is excited to announce the appointment of a bold new Chief Executive

    Published: 11 Sep 2017

    Sarah Niblock has had three decades of experience as a journalist, broadcaster and has a doctorate in psychoanalytic theory. She was most recently professor and associate dean at University of Westminster’s School of Media, Arts and Design and she has published research on media, trauma and ethics. Sarah is passionate about mental health and psychotherapy. She … 

  • UKCP and others condemn lack of transparency in Mental Health Workforce Strategy

    Published: 16 Aug 2017

    We, the UKCP, and other leading professional bodies have today condemned the Government and Health Education England for not collaborating on their recent publication Stepping Forward to 2020/21: Mental Health Workforce Plan for England – released at the end of July. We expressed our concern at the time, and now we are uniting with the British … 

  • We urge the Government to use existing therapist workforce to plug treatment gap

    Published: 1 Aug 2017

    We welcome the newly announced details of the mental health workforce strategy but warn that the number of therapists falls well short of what is urgently needed to offset growing demand. Worryingly, the actions outlined will be funded by £188 million worth of cuts to other mental health services followed by even more cuts in the … 

  • Cautious welcome for NICE draft guidance for depression

    Published: 20 Jul 2017

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a consultation on new draft guidance for depression in adults. UKCP has cautiously welcomed the draft – but still has key concerns. The new draft guidance contains recommendations for psychodynamic psychotherapy, couples therapy, and counselling which, in some ways, are improvements on previous guidance. But, we …