The move towards the establishment of psycho therapy as a recognised profession is fast gathering momentum all over Europe as 1992 looms ever nearer. The main issue at stake is simply the question of who exactly will be able to call themselves psychotherapists? The first European Conference of Psychotherapy held in Amsterdam in October last year and reported in the Winter Issue of Inside out, stirred up a certain amount of anxiety by mooting the possibility that when the decisions are made and the dust settles only medical doctors - GPs and psychiatrists with some additional training – will be officially entitled to call themselves psychotherapists. Where, we asked, would that leave the rest of us? Clearly a lobby was required to argue the case of the somewhat ineptly named “lay” psychotherapists.
The response here in Ireland has been rapid and positive. In this Issue Ger Murphy reports on the founding of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP), a newly formed organisation now involved in the process of establishing its own standards of training, accreditation and practice. Also in this issue we print an article by Emmy van Deurzen-Smith of Regents College London again addressing the question of standardising the profession. This article, although specifically related to the situation in Britain, underlines the main issues at stake.
And lest we become too caught up in the excitement of becoming a recognised profession and the business of establishing standards, we have included in this issue two articles concerned with the real focus of psychother apy – working with the client. An article on Totem Pole Workshops by Alan Mooney and one on Neuro-linguistic Programming by Aidan Moloney both offer ideas and approaches which can be used in sessions with clients.
In future issues of Inside Out we hope to maintain this balance by both continuing to keep our readers informed on developments in the ongoing ‘professionalisation’ of psychotherapy as well as continuing to look at approaches to client work. To the latter end we are plan ning a series of articles profiling some of the different therapeutic approaches contained under the broad heading of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy.