Health and disability
Medicines and Prescribing
Protected titles
Regulation of further groups

New professions process
Psychotherapists and Counsellors
Herbal practitioners
Adult social care workers in England
Public health specialists

The Register
Other regulators
Vetting and barring
Visiting European health or social work professionals
Social work regulation in England
The Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service
Home > About regulation > Regulation of further groups > Psychotherapists and Counsellors

Psychotherapists and Counsellors

The 2007 White Paper 'Trust Assurance and Safety – The Regulation of Health Professionals in the 21st Century' said that the Government intended to introduce statutory regulation for psychotherapists and counsellors.

The HPC set up a working group of stakeholders, known as a Professional Liaison Group or ‘PLG’, to consider and make recommendations to the Council about how psychotherapists and counsellors might be regulated, in light of the statements made in the White Paper. The HPC held a public consultation on the PLG recommendations, which ran for three months in 2009. Following the consultation, the PLG was reconvened and had its last meeting on 2 February 2011.

In February 2011, the Government published a Command Paper ‘Enabling Excellence’ which sets out the Government’s policy on professional regulation. The paper outlines a system of ‘assured voluntary registration’ and says that in the future statutory regulation will only be considered where there is a ‘compelling case’ and where ‘voluntary registers are not considered sufficient to manage this risk’.

In mid-February, the HPC’s Chief Executive wrote to Anne Milton MP, then Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Public Health, seeking clarification of the coalition government’s policy on the statutory regulation of psychotherapists and counsellors.

At its meeting on 31 March 2011 the Council discussed the response received from Anne Milton MP. The letter said: ‘…it is not currently our intention to proceed with statutory regulation of psychotherapists and counsellors’.

Print  Print page   
Aspirant group news
Latest news and press releases will appear below

Latest news
GPDR added to Confidentiality guidance for registrants
HCPC seeks new Chair
HCPC welcomes the regulation of Physician Associates and Physician Assistants in anaesthesia

Latest Press Releases
HCPC launches consultation on revised Standards for prescribing
HCPC to appoint four new Council members
HCPC launches consultation on standards of proficiency for biomedical scientists and clinical scientists