Key Milestones and Processes
- Minister for Health declared his intention to regulate Counsellor and Psychotherapist professions
- There was a public consultation by the Dept of Health (submissions from ICP & individual registrants & members of IAHIP; submissions also from other bodies incl IACP)
- Minister declared his intention to have two registers [Counsellor and Psychotherapist] under one registration board
- State Boards Appointment Agency announced opening of applications for appointment to the CORU psychotherapists and counsellors registration board.
- Agency sent shortlist of names to Minister who appointed a board
…. Yet to happen …
- The registration board regulates both professions under the aegis of the Coru Council as specified by the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005
- The Registration Board uses rules and bye-laws to regulate the profession
- In keeping with the ethos of CORU there is to be Public Consultation about the specifics of the rules for admission to the psychotherapists register.
KEY STAGES & MECHANISMS FOR
REGISTERING PROFESSIONALS UNDER CORU
KEY STAGES IN THE REGISTRATION PROCESS
- The opening of the register*
- The 24 month transition phase for EXISTING practitioners to register under special provisions intended to facilitate inclusion
- The ending of the 24 month transition phase of the register and the commencement of the ordinary phase of the register (after which only practitioners with qualifications on the approved list or who are presenting foreign qualifications for assessment of equivalence will be admitted to the register).
4 Routes Onto The Register For EXISTING PRACTITIONERS During The Transition Phase (First 24 Months)
- The list of approved qualifications
- The Schedule 3 qualifications (transition phase only)
- Other Qualifications
- Assessment of Competence (transition phase only)
KEY CORU REGISTRATION PROCESSES
APPLICABLE TO APPLICANTS FOR REGISTRATION DURING THE 24 MONTH TRANSITION PHASE OF THE REGISTER
The CEO of CORU has said that they seek to make it possible for existing practitioners to be included on the register where possible. The four layers are designed to safely “Catch” existing practitioners of psychotherapy who are competent in their practice.
||APPROVED COURSES||Qualifications approved by the Registration Board after public consultation. This is the list that will apply to NEW ENTRANTS to the profession after the transition period ends. Some EXISTING practitioners may also have these qualifications|
||SCHEDULE 3 COURSES||A list of qualifications applicable to EXISTING practitioners applying for registration during the 24 month transition period .This layer will probably apply to the bulk of EXISTING practitioners.|
||OTHER QUALIFICATIONS||EXISTING practitioners whose training does not fall under The Approved Qualifications or Schedule 3 Qualifications above may have their qualifications evaluated under this provision. This will also be the mechanism under which practitioners whose qualifications were gained abroad may apply for registration.|
|EXISTING practitioners whose qualifications fall outside the layers above can have their competence assessed. If deficiencies in their competence are identified these applicants can be offered an opportunity to make good on the deficiencies. It is not immediately obvious that any accredited psychotherapists in ICP or its sections would require this safety net for registration.|
Prepared by Gerry Myers UL