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 …

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 …

Dear Therapist, I see you.

Dear Therapist I see you. I see you caring for others, holding space for them to share their worries, anxieties and stress. I see you. I see you feeling the exact same feelings that your clients bring to you, that you share in their heartache and heartbreak. I see you. I see you worrying about your own health, your friends and family too. I see Read More …

CTUK Members lead EAP Policy change

We wanted to extend a big congratulations to the members of Counsellors Together UK. As you may be aware, a lot of our work involves admin engaging in discussions online with members of the public, counsellors, membership bodies and other organisations. On the 16th March 2020, Glenna wrote a tweet about the way some Employment Assistant Programs (EAPs) were reducing payments to their counsellors who Read More …

Counselling, Politics, Facebook and a little digression!

Since launching Counsellors Together UK in July 2017, we have been one of the few counselling groups rooted in politics – campaigning to effect change on both a social and political level. There are other groups, but CTUK has grown to over 5,500 members and we are now the UKs largest Counsellors campaign group. At CTUK we, and myself personally, have always been subject to Read More …

Update on the Partners for Counselling and Psychotherapy (PCP) Collaboration

We have been working to establish our aims as a growing partnership and have updated the homepage of the website to reflect this, you can view this here. A further three organisations have joined us including; Surviving Work, A Disorder 4 Everyone and the Free Psychotherapy Network. This takes us up to 11 organisations, including CTUK and: • Psychotherapy and Counselling Union • Psychotherapists and Read More …

CTUK @ Drop the Disorder Book Launch Event – 20/09/19

On Friday 20th Sep 2019, CTUK Admin attended the Drop the Disorder Book Launch event in Birmingham. Myself (Maria) and Tara listened to Lucy Johnson (Clinical Paychologist) outlining the Power Threat Meaning Framework (a must see). Tara and I found it interesting to note the stark similarities from the power constructs mentioned at the event with clients and those we face as counsellors in the Read More …