campaign for universal Access to Counselling and Psychotherapy (uACT)

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Date(s) - 29/01/2022
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


The campaign for universal Access to Counselling and Psychotherapy (uACT) launches on Saturday 29th January 2022, 10am – 1pm.

The organisers of this online event say:

“… For decades now, the hostile takeover of NHS counselling and psychotherapy by a narrow range of ‘evidence-based’ psychological therapies has been eroding real therapeutic relationships, which have now been all but stripped out of NHS and third sector mental health services.

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme has reorganised front line, primary care psychological services into a ‘cost effective’ menu of short-term, utilitarian behavioural exercises.

IAPT uses misleading data to report success, inflating ‘recovery rates’ and using standardised measures to claim recovery regardless of whether service users perceive any meaningful improvement or feel recovered. In fact, one fifth of clients receive only two sessions, and some never see a therapist – face to face or online – because their treatment comes in the form of a self-help workbooks and apps.

Meanwhile, the IAPT workforce is burning out, demoralised and worn down by a working culture often more focussed on form-filling, data manipulation and hitting targets than helping people. 2015 figures from a British Psychological Society survey reveal that being employed as an IAPT therapist is worse for your mental health than almost any other job in the UK. It is a failing provision, serving a failing social system.

In secondary care (where people are referred by their GP or primary care provider), almost all longer-term therapy provision has been removed in favour of cheaper, short-term Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and manualised treatments …”

You can find out more from here.

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