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 the role prior.
The PCU was established in 2016 to support therapists encountering difficulties in their workplaces, trainings or with accrediting bodies (e.g. with client complaints), as well as campaigning around wider issues.
CTUK believes that a Union that represents all therapists is vital if we are to fully support therapists and continue to challenge that which needs challenging.
If you are a therapist and you’d like to know more about what the PCU does, then please do keep reading.
What does the PCU do?
The PCU offers all members support with:
* workplace disciplinary and grievance procedures
* complaints processes
* bullying, harassment and discrimination
* problems with training organisations
* contract vetting
* whistleblowing-related problems
* PCU does not offer legal advice or legal representation as it is widely available elsewhere from insurance companies and other professional organisations.
Furthermore, the PCU has affiliated with Truth Legal who offer preferential No Win, No Fee agreements in personal injury, clinical negligence and professional negligence claims. Truth Legal also offer some No Win, No Fee employment law representation at reduced rates to PCU members. Reduced rates are also offered to non-No Win, No Fee work.
If you are interested in joining the Union, then we believe they have made it affordable for most people to do so. Practising therapists pay just £60 per year, or £5 per month, and trainees, retired and unemployed therapist pay just £12 per year. Members may also apply to pay reduced subscription if their circumstances require it.
Read can read more and join the PCU here.