Platforming Controversy

Over recent years we have seen the emergence of no-platforming. No platforming is the act of removing someone’s platform to speak. This usually happens to prevent the airing of hate speech but has been increasingly used to silence academic critique. Institutions from all sectors have struggled to operate from a position of anything other than fear. What do these great institutions fear? “Woke” backlash. The cancel culture which has seen companies drop shares and individuals lose their jobs. I write this with an understanding that some will find even the mention of this topic controversial and with the understanding that for many people, speaking out has a cost.

Who Dare Speak For SCoPEd?

Written by Clare Slaney from Clare Slaney Counselling. In 1998 I was involved in lobbying for the protection of an ancient timber circle that had emerged from the sand and peat of a Norfolk beach. Seahenge provoked strong feelings and I got a number of phone calls from people objecting to my opinions. Some calls were silent and constant, some were loud and abusive and Read More …

A critical evaluation of the revised SCoPEd Framework (July 2020)

This document aims to provide a comprehensive review of the current iteration of the SCoPEd framework (July 2020). The key issues remain the same as they were with its previous counterpart and those are as follows: The subscription to the medical model of distress. The elevation of psychotherapists at the expense of registered counsellors who are severely deskilled in key areas of their practice. Deskilled to such an extent it is difficult to argue they would be safe to practice at all. The inherent bias of the teams working on this framework and the widely challenged methodological flaws.

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** National Counsellors’ Day Awards 2020 **

This year we launched our first awards aimed at counsellors and those championing counselling. It is an idea that has not gone without some contention but the responses we have had once the ball got rolling have made all the planning and effort worthwhile. What we wanted to do with these awards was to celebrate counsellors for the work they do and present examples of Read More …

National Counsellors’ Day 2020 – a brilliant weekend!

It has been a week since we marked National Counsellors Day with our online conference and the admin team are still processing the event. Anyone who attended is likely to be too. By the close of sales, we had had over 1000 people purchase a ticket. That is such a phenomenal response, we have been truly blown away. It was also a huge compliment to Read More …

Launching the UK’s first National Counselling Awards – 2020

Bringing you UK’s first National Counselling Awards. The purpose of the awards is to celebrate the work we do in the counselling profession. The aim of the awards is to lift up and support each other whilst raising the profile of the counselling profession.

Congratulations to the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union on their 4th year

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Union (PCU) was founded in 2016 and has become increasingly popular with counsellors and psychotherapists across the UK. On 25th April 2020 they held their annual AGM where they said goodbye to Richard Bagnall-Oakley and welcomed Julie Lyons as the new Secretary. CTUK would wish Juliet every success in her new role and thank Richard for his time and dedication in Read More …