“Respect for All recognises the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union as an appropriate body to represent and negotiate on behalf of PCU members who are professionally involved with RfA as volunteers, trainees or self-employed counsellors.”
-Alix Otten, Respect for All
A PCU working group, led by Nick Totton, developed two Codes of Practice:
The two codes were adopted at PCU's first campaign conference, held at Resource for London on Saturday 3rd December.
This database of approximately 200 organisations has been generated from contacts provided by the membership:
Nick contacted these organisations, emailing the codes of practice encouraging them to adopt the codes. He received 4 positive responses – all of these responses were people that were linked to the Union who have changed their own practice. See the responses below.
UKCP were contacted. They acknowledged the contact and stated that they will get back to PCU and this will be followed up by the Codes of Practice project group.
If you know of an organisation that PCU should approach to adopt the codes:
- Check if the organisation is already on our list by viewing the sheet here.
- Complete the form here to add the organisation.
- Get involved - raise awareness of the Codes of Practice in local organisations. Use the PCU Talking Points to help.
I'm the Co-ordinator of Re-Vision's low cost counselling scheme and I think I gave some feedback some months about the policies. I think they're excellent and we will be looking further at Re-Vision's policies in relation to our trainee counsellors in the service. As you acknowledge, the capacity to pay our volunteers is some way off, but we do at least provide free supervision and insurance and a three-way contract. We are currently considering offering travel expenses as well. I will start to make our volunteers aware of the PCU when they join the service and hope they will consider joining. Which reminds me I need to do so too!
- Deb Lyttelton, Re-Vision