We come now to the end of another year. It has been an eventful one for the field of psychotherapy in Ireland. The growth of interest in the profession as indicated by mass media coverage and demand for training is continuing. Within the profession itself the year has seen the birth of the Irish Standing Conference for Psychotherapy to act as an umbrella body in the profession’s negotiations with European and government bodies as well as the development of standards of practice and training. Also we have seen the publishing of the first guide to therapy and counselling. Finally the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy Association has been inaugurated and has set quantative criteria for accrediting psychotherapists. Other sections of psychotherapy have done or are doing likewise.
In a sense one could say that psychotherapy as a profession has finally placed itself on a public stage in Ireland. Inside Out are glad to have contributed to this publicisation and demystification of psychotherapy in the past year, through focusing in an in-depth way on a variety of training courses, issues of practice such as European registration, supervision etc.
In this issue we hope to keep such topics at the forefront of people’s minds by our article on the legal issues inherent in psychotherapeutic practice. We feel that this issue brings together themes which have been important to us for some time, the themes of therapeutic practice and the European context. We further expand our focus on training by including a listing on short courses in the area, i.e. courses not offering a professional training accreditation.
Our other articles such as on the feminine, assertiveness and affirmations continues our policy of highlighting specific techniques to a wider public and to the professional who may wish to incorporate them in his/her existing repertoire.
We wish you all happy reading and an exciting 1992 and hope that you will continue your contributions in the year ahead.