Marriage counselling service Relationships Ireland closes over funding issues
It blamed cuts in Government funding for the move, as four-and-a half couples who require counselling, are recognised throughout Ireland for. The government had threatened to remove its funding. Counsellors working with ACCORD, the Catholic marriage care service, ACCORD Schools' Programmes; Government funding to ACCORD cut by 10% agency in Ireland providing marriage and relationship counselling.
By the end of its first year it had attracted members Nelson-Jones, The development of the discipline in the UK to represent a set of professional competencies with full divisional status is reported to have been a long and challenging road. This meant that full divisional status was not achieved within the BPS until However, during this time the field continued to develop and significant milestones were achieved. Inthe CTIG in Ireland was starting to lay down important roots for Counselling Psychology by facilitating professional activities, workshops, peer supervision and networking in counselling and psychotherapy for interested psychologists.
In that same year, a one-year diploma in counselling psychology was established in Trinity College Dublin TCDwhich evolved into a two-year full time master's degree programme in The psychology departments of University College Cork UCC and University College Dublin UCD also commenced master's programmes in counselling psychology or psychotherapy meaning that 25—30 students were graduating each year.
A register was established of its rapidly growing membership and in The Counselling Psychology Newsletter was launched. Since then, several members of the division have devoted their free time to serve on DCoP committees, regional groups and working parties and have represented the Division across the many PSI committees, including PSI Council.
In recent years, the division committee has been focused on developing and disseminating a deeper understanding of the unique value that counselling psychologists can bring to psychology and multi-disciplinary teams.
The Division has undertaken a number of initiatives to address these issues, including the development and publication of an information leaflet that provides details on the identity and competencies of counselling psychologists, presentations to undergraduate students and negotiations with key stakeholders including important employers.
So much energy, it would appear, has gone into such initiatives that counselling psychologists in Ireland have perhaps neglected reflecting on the profession as a whole, at least in publication format. While numerous journal articles e. Lalande, ; Moller, ; Spinelli, have been published critically examining the status and nature of the profession in the UK and Canada, there has been a paucity of articles published here in Ireland.
The notable exception has been Elaine Martin's contribution of a thought-provoking and powerful piece taking a family systems slant on counselling psychology and its relationship with clinical psychology in The Irish Psychologist in The development of counselling psychology as an applied discipline It is fair to say that counselling psychology in Ireland has developed in many ways over the years since its foundation, first as a special interest group and subsequently as a division.
Much credit is due to those who promoted the ethos of counselling psychology in its early days. While the Division has made significant progress in developing and promoting the counselling psychology identity and creating a niche within counselling services, it has been less successful to date in making its presence felt within more traditional psychological services such as the HSE.
This lack of progress is not matched by a lack of effort, with records going back at least 15 years documenting efforts of successive Division Committees to market the unique skillset of counselling psychologists as a valuable addition to both established and developing psychology service.
Despite these efforts, those within the profession have often found themselves in the position of having to justify their existence by highlighting how counselling psychology is different from other professions and, in particular, from clinical psychology and from counselling and psychotherapy.
Despite the slow progress, it is important to acknowledge what has been achieved. Although to date there have been no changes to HSE recruitment policies that excluded counselling psychologists from most positions in the health service, the Division Committee has made progress on this objective. Over the last few years, the committee has called on the HSE to undertake recruitment on a competency basis, rather than solely a qualification basis, a position that has recently been supported by the Commission for Public Service Appointments.
This support has been realised and firmly led by successive presidents, Dr Michael Drumm, Eric Brady and Dr Margaret O'Rourke, who have all committed to actively working to seek fair, transparent and competency-based recruitment policies for all psychologists. Whereas in the past it has been the experience of Irish counselling psychologists that there was similar resistance to their profession to that described above as having occurred within the BPS, it is encouraging that counselling psychologists have more firmly felt the support of PSI council and presidents in recent years.
To support these efforts, the Division, in close cooperation with the professional doctoral training programme in TCD currently the only professional counselling psychology training programme in Irelanddefined the competencies of counselling psychologists. These competencies are grounded in the professional and accredited training that students must undertake before achieving a professional designation of counselling psychologist.
This indicates that the steps being taken are having a positive impact on the development of the profession. Credit must also go to Dr Ladislav Timulak and his team at TCD for working hard to secure a doctorate level qualification in counselling psychology.
Despite principles outlined in documents such as A Vision for Change Department of Health and Children,mental-health service-users still continue to have little information on the options for treatment of mental health difficulties with or without pharmacological intervention. The predominance of the medical model leads to service been delivered according to a number of associated assumptions regarding valid understandings and responses to human distress. In a manner that may have some overlap with the values of other psychological disciplines, counselling psychology views the dominance of the psychiatric discourse as inherently problematic.
The profession assumes a humanistic standpoint and emphasises the need for thorough, critical examination of the ethical production and consumption of research.
Employment settings can, to some degree, determine the level of confrontation with dominant systems of categorisation and associated implicit and explicit ideologies. Counselling psychologists working in primary and secondary health service settings, for example, often find that treatment guidelines being used are disorder-focused and drawn from research based on the premise that disorder-based classifications systems are assumed to be valid and useful.
This issue can be seen as crucial by some counselling psychologists who feel that they are confronted with a moral-political choice about where their allegiance should lie.
Although beyond the scope of this article, the reader is referred to Strawbridge and James who raised similarly compelling issues regarding the questionable nature of diagnostic categories, the power dynamics of labelling, the pathologising of distress, the appropriate use of psychiatric categories within specific contexts, practitioners working within their competence in relation to the categories, lack of informed consent, the potential discouragement of service users and the financial consequences of the use of psychiatric language particularly related to funding and insurance.
As a means of justifying expertise, a medicalised framework becomes compelling because the uses of psychiatric categories: The questions of whether the making of diagnoses and the use of diagnostic categories serve the practitioner in securing employment and maintaining status and professional image are worth reflecting on.
Perhaps as a result the question for practitioners is not about whether diagnostic categories are used, but rather how and in what context. In recent years, there has been a growing movement in global research e. Recommendations include a shift towards investing in research that uses a life course approach beginning in childhood when risk factors for illnesses later in life, such as family violence in the home, are established NIMH Strategic Plan, Other notable areas of research include critical analyses of aspects of social exclusion and discrimination, whereby suffering caused by non-user-friendly health systems could be minimised by integrating care for mental health difficulties into chronic disease care Ngo et al.
Satisfactory awareness and appropriate application of psychological and pharmacological therapies in tandem or separately, where advised or chosen by the service user, are important in the refinement of effective mental health care. Conclusion Into the future, counselling psychologists would do well to continue to examine the nature and application of psychological knowledge derived from research primarily established from a base of psychopathological constructs.
Promoting a move towards direct engagement with well-being-based research and preventative models could equally contribute to fostering the relational skills often sought by clients who attend therapy.
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Placing value on diversity and equality, projects that aim to tackle the stigma of mental health could also benefit from the knowledge and insight provided by counselling psychologists. Following trends in the UK, Canada and the USA, it will be important for counselling psychologists to work effectively with a range of other disciplines and practitioners whose knowledge, practice and client base overlap. It is also apparent that there is a growing trend towards increasing the provision of counselling and psychological intervention approaches within other helping professions.
Greater integration within the professional, academic and multidisciplinary community, as relevant to the psychological care of diverse populations, will offer ongoing opportunities for growth as well as a challenge to maintaining the identity of counselling psychology and its ability to make a distinctive contribution to therapeutic and social issues.
Today PSI hosts a rich diversity of specialisms, although most of its members are not members of any division.
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It maintains a strong commitment to supervision, ethical practice and continuing professional development, and marked the fortieth anniversary of the Society. It also marked the second year of TCD's practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and the graduation of the last cohort of master's level students.
Currently, counselling psychologists are employed in university and college counselling centres, in schools and community services, in the HSE, in the Irish Prison Service, and in private practice. While such achievements are significant, there is still much work to be done to expand the presence of counselling psychologists in the Irish workplace. Qualification in counselling psychology: Psychotherapy, psychopathology, research, and practice: Pathways of connections and integration.
Marriage counselling service Relationships Ireland closes over funding issues
Actualising the humanistic ethic at the core of counselling psychology practice. Department of Health and Children. A vision for change: Report of the expert group on mental health policy. The DSM and the professional counselling identity: Journal of Mental Health Counseling. The future of counselling psychology: A view from the inside.
The American psychological association's definition of counseling psychology. The Personnel and Guidance Journal. Chronic forms of major depression are still untreated in the 21st century: Systematic assessment of patients presenting for treatment.
Journal of Affective Disorders. Qualitative research in counselling and psychotherapy. The dominant, bread-winning father is a thing of the past. Increased female participation in the labour force and the sharing of responsibilities in the house are just two of many issues facing modern marriages.
The report identifies four main factors which can impact negatively on marriages; behaviour, conflict resolution, task sharing and to a lesser extent socio-economic factors. The importance of good communication between spouses remains constant in these changing times. Lack of communication seems to be a major factor in the cause of marital difficulty.
The findings point to the importance of communication between couples being on an equal footing with both parties willing to listen to each other. Counselling can help with the establishment of a positive hearing environment where both parties, with the assistance of a sympathetic counsellor, can learn to give expression to their emotions, to listen to each other and to change negative behaviours.
My thanks go to Kieran and his team for their time and effort in compiling this excellent report and also to Fr John Hannan of ACCORD for putting forward this research proposal and seeing it through to completion.
I'd like congratulate ACCORD counsellors throughout the country who give their time on a voluntary basis to ensure that help is always available to couples when they need it most. This research proves just what an important job they are doing.
The Government remains committed to supporting the marriage and relationship counselling sector. In particular we acknowledge its courage and openness in asking such a challenging question of itself: It is a risky question because the answer is not a foregone conclusion. It is also a question of integrity since both counsellors and their clients have a right to know that the therapeutic process in which they are engaged makes a difference.
We are grateful to all of the counsellors and secretaries throughout the organisation's 57 centres who have cooperated with the study by ensuring the completion of our questionnaires.
We are particularly grateful to the clients of ACCORD who, as individuals and couples, have taken the time to participate in this study.
We hope that the faith which is implicit in their coming to ACCORD for counselling and their willingness to complete our questionnaires will bring them private benefits and contribute to the public good.