IACP launch strategic plan for 2017-2020 in Kilkenny
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.