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  • UKCP calls on Church of England to condemn conversion therapy

    Published: 6 Jul 2017

    This weekend the General Synod of the Church of England is set to debate a motion which condemns conversion therapy. Janet Weisz, Chief Executive of the UK Council for Psychotherapy said: “We have long held that conversion therapy is unethical, potentially harmful and not supported by evidence. “It is great that the General Synod is debating this issue … 

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    UKCP unconvinced by mental health first aid investment pledge

    Published: 28 Jun 2017

    Today, we expressed our scepticism of a government pledge to provide £200,000 funding for mental health first aid in schools. Mental health first aid training is a one-day course designed to help teachers understand and identify mental health issues in children. Identifying if a young person is experiencing mental health issues is an important step in ensuring … 

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    Queen’s Speech neglects the Mental Health Treatment Bill as promised in Conservative manifesto

    Published: 21 Jun 2017

    The Queen's Speech today mentioned mental health in the following terms : “My Government will reform mental health legislation and ensure that mental health is prioritised in the National Health Service in England.” We have expressed concern that in the Queen’s Speech today, the Government failed to commit to the Mental Health Treatment Bill as promised in … 

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    Supporting those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire

    Published: 20 Jun 2017

    Many of you have been contacting us to find out how you can help the victims of the Grenfell fire. Our deepest sympathies go out to all those affected by it. We would like to thank you for all your offers of support. There have been a number of calls for volunteers circulating on social media. … 

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    The European Association for Counselling launches a new journal

    Published: 1 Jun 2017

    In April, the European Association for Counselling (EAC) launched a new journal. The European Journal of Counselling Theory, Research and Practice is a peer reviewed journal focusing on all aspects of the theory, research and practice of counselling and psychotherapy. The Co-editors are Professor Stephen Palmer, Dr Kristina Gyllensten, Dr Siobhain O’Riordan and Kasia Szymanska. The Co-ordinating Editor, Professor Stephen … 

  • Third of children’s mental health services may be facing downsizing or closure

    Published: 22 May 2017

    UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) have released the initial findings of a joint survey of over 3,000 NHS counsellors, psychotherapists and psychoanalysts on mental health services. These findings were discussed with UKCP Chief Executive Janet Weisz on BBC Radio … 

  • Labour Party accept UKCP call to ring-fence mental health budget

    Published: 16 May 2017

    UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), has welcomed Labour’s pledge to ring-fence the mental health budget in their manifesto released today. UKCP is also pleased to see that Labour have committed to expand the choice of psychological therapies available on the NHS. Questions have been left unanswered regarding how much of the £7.4 billion promised for the NHS … 

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    UKCP welcomes Lib Dem mental health pledges

    Published: 12 May 2017

    UKCP has welcomed the Liberal Democrats’ mental health pledges which have been released ahead of their full manifesto. We also challenge all other parties to equal, or better them. Three of the Lib Dem mental health pledges announced this week closely match the recent calls from UKCP for £1.5 billion extra funding, ring-fencing of the mental health budget, … 

  • The audience at the UKCP 2017 Conference

    Highlights from the UKCP conference 2017

    Published: 10 May 2017

    The future of Psychotherapy: research, politics and best practice 11 March 2017, London Earlier this year, we held our biggest conference to date.  Our aim was to raise our profile and our voice. The event had both an internal and an external focus. The day began with two excellent keynote addresses by Dr Iain McGilchrist and Dr Richard … 

  • New money needed for mental health, not recycled promises

    Published: 8 May 2017

    Over the weekend, Theresa May announced the Conservative’s mental health priorities for their election manifesto. UKCP is disappointed that the pledges contain no new money for mental health, and instead appear to have recycled a funding pledge that was announced over a year ago. The priorities include protection against mental health discrimination at work, replacing the …