`My congratulations to Colin Feltham for assembling a set of contentious issues and lively authors which together made me forget my surroundings' - Person-Centred Practice `Editor Colin Feltham's choice of topics shows an astute, on the ground awareness of the issues that dog the industry, while still making lively reading' - New Therapist In this book, leading practitioners, critics and commentators take sides on many topical and core debates including: · Theoretical issues: Does the unconscious really exist? Is birth trauma a fiction? Should one believe in `false memories'? · Clinical issues: Is ther

Professionalization of Therapy by Registration is Unnecessary, Ill Advised and Damaging

Professionalization of therapy by registration is unnecessary, ill advised and damaging

In The Case Against Psychotherapy Registration I concluded that

the case against statutory psychotherapy registration is, firstly, that the case for it is so poor. ‘The case for’ fails to stand up to close scrutiny…. Secondly, the case against psychotherapy registration is that the effects of it would, on balance, actually be negative and represent a deterioration of the existing situation. This ‘treatment’ would be worse than the ‘disease’. (Mowbray, 1995: 213, original emphasis)

In this chapter, I will summarize the reasons for this assessment.

Statutoryregistration, also known as licensing, especially in North America, refers to the legal protection of an occupational title (Title Act) or practice ...

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