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Petition Against Over-Regulation of Psychotherapy

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I saw a very good report on this on More4 News yesterday and rushed off to sign the petition. The background to this is the Government's desire to promote CBT as the one valid talking therapy, impose a single definition of 'mental health' (which means working) and attacking Incapacity and other benefits. It is Orwellian in the true sense of the word because it involves the State getting involved in definitions what it may mean for any individual to be mentally 'well' or not. But the petition itself explains it much, much better than I can. It is at...

http://www.coregp.org/

The initial signatories are not just psycho-therapists but include artists and novelists.

I cut and paste the petition's introduction below...

>>Under new government proposals, psychoanalysis and the talking therapies will be regulated by the State under the Health Professions Council. We the undersigned wish to register our protest and disagreement with this initiative. Psychoanalysis is a private conversation between adults, and the proposed regulations threaten to limit the basic human right to freedom of speech. Each individual should have the freedom to choose the therapist they wish to consult, without the State dictating who is legitimate and who is not.

The new proposals have shown a serious and bizarre misunderstanding of the nature of talking therapy. They see it as a definable technique to be applied with predictable outcomes. Yet the key to talking therapies is the nature of the relationship between the parties rather than the performance of any particular procedure. Analytic work involves an open-ended relationship, where results may emerge that were never predicted or even thought of beforehand. The proposed regulation leaves no room for the unknown, as if the solution to each person's problems were known in advance: therapist and patient will be expected to adhere to a clear predetermined agenda. Government intervention thus threatens the very foundation of analytic work, compromising both its creativity and authenticity.

The new regulations proposed for the talking therapies - which include 451 rules for the analytic session - would effectively make it impossible to practice psychoanalysis and many other forms of therapy in the way they have been practiced for the last hundred years. The Health Professions Council plans a public campaign to discredit those practitioners whose own practice and ethical code would not allow them to sign up to its market-led vision of therapy and normality.

The main reason given for the regulatory project is protection of the public. Yet all analytic and therapy organisations already have stringent codes of ethics and practice, as well as complaints procedures. Replacing these with an inherently unsuited model of healthcare will destroy the growth and vitality of the field for both therapists and those who consult them. We urge an alternative model, like that adopted in other countries, where government intervention is limited to the requirement that all therapists join a register which is administered by an independent professional body, giving full details of their training and affiliations. This would enable members of the public to make their own informed choice rather than having politicians make it for them.

We urge everyone who cares about the preservation of the talking therapies to register their support by adding their name to this petition and by writing to their MP to call for an end to the HPC initiative.

Lisa Appignanesi, Jake Arnott, Homi Bhabha, Christopher Bollas, Alain de Botton, Rosie Boycott, Susie Boyt, Victor Burgin, Georgia Byng, Martin Creed, Tracey Emin, Sophie Fiennes, Bella Freud, Esther Freud, Peter Gabriel, Anya Gallaccio, Antony Gormley, John Gray, Christopher Hampton, Gary Hume, Lee Hall, Susan Hiller, Oliver James, Anish Kapoor, Beeban Kidron, Hari Kunzru, Hanif Kureishi, Darian Leader, Lucasta Miller, Phil Mollon, Andrew O'Hagan, Joseph O'Neill, Michael Nyman, Susie Orbach, Cornelia Parker, Adam Phillips, Jocelyn Pook, Marc Quinn, Will Self, Richard Sennett, Jonathan Sklar, Gillian Slovo, Ali Smith, Gavin Turk, Jane and Louise Wilson, Slavoj Zizek. <<

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Thanks Dollit :) and thanks for the link firemonkee - very good article.

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I haven't the money for psychotherapy other than some mind student therapist

Said to one "this is doing you more good than me" he said "you and your friends are all losers"

If you want to make an issue of psychotherapy what about cost?
 
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I have been branded as 'unsuitable for therapy' by my mh trust on account of two failed attempts with therapists who were more intent on telling me what a bad person i was, and how i really had to want to mend the error of my ways, than actually helping me to have better coping mechanisms to deal more effectively with issues rising out of past expereinces. Also on account of a less than successful therapy of sorts with someone who admitted she was 'untrained' and who dumped me of her own volition because i upset her religious sensibilities(she had told me previously she was part of a small religious sect) .

I signed the petition anyway for the benefit of those who have not yet been branded unclean and unworthy of such help by their mental health trusts.
 
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I was turned away by a clinical psychologist on the grounds his ambivalence about getting better makes it impossible to find a focus for therapy, i'm ambivalent about the nhs drug better which isn't a real better, it's not a fit for work better, the only people who beleive it are the benefit people

I said "if you can't help me give me the money and i'll find a private therapist who will" she said "thats not going to happen" guess she's right

"he makes constant comments like "what will they {those who administer the benefit system) make of it if i'm better" "in the past he was deemed to be better, the result of which was the benefits and help were stoped, but on attempting to work the illness recurred"
 
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An opposing viewpoint ie in support of regulation.

Thanks to Writing in the Margins of My Mind for pointing out this Guardian article by the Lacanian psychoanalyst Darian Leader, albeit one in which Darian Leader really seems to need some cheese to go with his whine.

Darian Leader is annoyed because the government has decided to regulate psychotherapists - you know, the way doctors, nurses, OTs and so forth are regulated. Just so they don’t, like, kill you or something. The proposal is that psychotherapists come under the Health Professions Council which currently regulates occupational therapists, physiotherapists, paramedics, art therapists and other professions.

Fair enough, I’d say. If the HPC is already successfully regulating art therapy, then there’s no reason not to extend it to the rest of psychotherapy. Darian Leader, on the other hand, responds with the kind of defensive hostility one might expect of somebody who’s probably had to spend a fair few dinner parties being told that Lacanian psychoanalysis is a load of pretentious, pseudo-intellectual, vacuous drivel.
http://www.mentalnurse.org.uk/index.php/2009/04/10/darian-leader-calls-for-a-waaaahmbulance/
 
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Thanks firemonkee - it is always good to get a different point of view. Not that I am convinced for one instant - I think the writers biases are fairly evident :) (which again is fine I like people to be honest about their biases and try to be about mine). What of course he ignores is that anyone employed by the NHS, which is what he mainly writes about, comes under NHS complaints procedures - now they are certainly not all they should be (to be euphemistic) but they are subject to Service User pressure and campaigning. But he has a powerful turn of phrase :).

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I would like to read this but the truth is every time I try to open the page my browser crashes for some reason - I have noticed this with Guardian pages before :mad: :rolleyes:.

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