IACP Statement regarding Roebuck

Statement


from The Irish Association for

Counselling & Psychotherapy – IACP


regarding the outcome of investigation

into


Roebuck Counselling Centre in

Rathgar, Co. Dublin.

13/06/2008



The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) representing over 3000 members nationwide would like to acknowledge the levels of distress and upset felt by Counselling and Psychotherapy consumers and practitioners in relation to the recent media revelations regarding practices at Roebuck Counselling Centre in Rathgar,Co. Dublin .

The IACP welcomes the outcome of the investigation into Ms Claire Hoban and the Roebuck Counselling Centre and the subsequent sanctions imposed by their accrediting body.

As a profession, Counselling and Psychotherapy in Ireland has not yet been regulated by the Irish Government. The IACP has been driving for statutory regulations with regards to this.

This particular incident brings into sharp focus the urgent need for statutory regulation and registration of the Psychotherapy and Counselling profession in Ireland. The IACP have been involved in meetings with other Psychotherapy / Counselling bodies in Ireland and will be submitting a proposal for statutory regulation to the Government in the Autumn. The IACP are steadfast in our aim to achieve statutory regulation in Ireland for the Psychotherapy / Counselling profession.

We are aware of many people who have been worried and concerned by the ongoing matters at the Roebuck Counselling Centre and we extend our consideration and empathy to all those affected by the described practices.

As the largest professional body of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Ireland, the IACP would like to assure the public of our commitment to highest standards of practice and protection of the public.

IACP has been in existence since 1981 and has self- regulatory policies and procedures for the governance of its members. All our members are governed by our professional code of ethics. We are very aware when working with vulnerable people of the essentialness of providing a safe and professional service, governed by a code of ethics. Our code of ethics and practice which is available on our website www.iacp.ie

Shane Kelly

Professional Services Manager

One Response

  1. The “IACP has been in existence since 1981 As the largest professional body of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Ireland, the IACP would like to assure the public of our commitment to highest standards of practice and protection of the public.”

    I ask you, what have they been doing since 1981? What real benefit is the IACP to anyone unless they take action and force the government to make laws that protect the clients using counselling services and students of counselling. What is the point of taking in complaints if nothing is done about them? Do they inform the Gardaí when clients are handing out such huge sums of money? Surely this is considered highly suspicious practice and boils down to theft? Are the people who work in the IACP part of the counselling profession and aware of cultic practices of ‘therapists’ who induce hypnosis and use counterproductive NLP? Are they writing letters to the government on a regular basis and informing them of complaints they receive?

    The counselling profession itself appears lackadaisical about doing anything and I have made my feelings known in previous comments about this. It is laughable to hear them explain the situation that conveys their hands are tied. In reality, they are fearful of changes that insist on mandatory reporting and their excuse is the client will be fearful of reporting incidents of abuse. There are cases where clients would welcome this as was my case. If anything was done nothing was said about it. It would take a brave soul who held nothing back to take them on. ‘Therapy’ cults thrive on secrecy and they need to be flushed out of the system of counselling. The way things are going it will be a very thin line that separates them.

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