IACP launch strate­gic plan for 2017-2020 in Kilkenny

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

THE Ir­ish As­so­ci­a­tion for Coun­sel­lors and Psy­chother­a­pists’ (IACP) Strate­gic Plan 2017 – 2020 was launched at the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s An­nual Con­fer­ence in Kilkenny.

The IACP aims to iden­tify, de­velop and main­tain pro­fes­sional stan­dards of ex­cel­lence in coun­selling and psy­chother­apy and to safe­guard the pub­lic. This three-year strate­gic plan cov­er­ing the years 2017 to 2020, comes at a time of change for mem­bers and the or­ga­ni­za­tion. It has been de­signed against a back­drop of new leg­is­la­tion and pend­ing reg­u­la­tion.

The Gov­ern­ment has com­menced a process aimed at reg­u­lat­ing the pro­fes­sion and reg­is­ter­ing prac­ti­tion­ers. The chal­lenge for the Board was to set about mod­ern­iz­ing IACP in prepa­ra­tion for wider changes af­fect­ing the pro­fes­sion. The le­gal frame­work af­fect­ing the As­so­ci­a­tion has also changed.

Ma­jor changes were iden­ti­fied as nec­es­sary, so IACP could con­tinue to be rel­e­vant in to­day’s pro­fes­sional health care en­vi­ron­ment. The Board kept it­self in­formed of the plans of the Depart­ment of Health and CORU and what they would likely re­quire from the pro­fes­sion in reg­u­la­tion.

A Tele­phone Re­fer­ral Helpline pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on all ar­eas re­lat­ing to coun­selling and psy­chother­apy is pro­vided at 01-2723427, 9am–5pm, Mon­day to Fri­day. A free com­pre­hen­sive on­line direc­tory of all ac­cred­ited IACP Coun­sel­lors / Psy­chother­a­pists in Ire­land is avail­able at www.iacp.ie

Pic­tured at the Pak­man Awards 2017 was Min­is­ter for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Cli­mate Ac­tion and En­vi­ron­ment De­nis Naugh­ten TD with Paddy Matthews and Mary Matthews (2nd and 3rd from left) from Matthews Coach Hire Ltd, win­ner of Green Trans­port of the Year cat­e­gory, and Conor Dowd (right). Below: IACP Vice Chair Sheila Hask­ins with Fiona O’Reilly Drogheda rep­re­sen­ta­tive IACP con­fer­ence 2017.

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