Irish Forum for Counselling & Psychotherapy

About the Forum #01

History

The idea for the group originated in 1995 (when it was called the Irish Counsellor's Forum) through the recognition of the need for a support structure for Irish practitioners working with Irish clients in the UK. At that time interest was particularly focussed on those working in the voluntary sector and the uncertainty, financial and otherwise, that they faced in relation to their jobs. It became clear that many practitioners felt isolated and unsupported and were keen to make contact with each other not just for support but also to have a forum in which to discuss topics or themes with particular relevance to the Irish, e.g. emigration and its consequences.

The IFCP Today

Over time the group has evolved into being a network for Irish therapists and counsellors working in the UK regardless of their work setting whether or not they work with an Irish clientele.

Among the topics discussed at meetings are those related generally to psychotherapeutic work or the use of psychotherapeutic concepts in order to understand issues with an Irish dimension, e.g. Irish identity. There are also discussions of a more cultural nature such as contemporary literature and the Forum has also held theatre outings. There is a Directory of members details which is available to each IFCP member. A resource base of references on Irish culture, literature and topics that might be of interest to the group is also in development.

In 2008 the 'Irish Counsellors Forum' voted to change its name to the Irish Forum for Counselling & Psychotherapy. This name change emerged as a natural part of the evolution of the Forum reflecting its inclusion of practioners from all parts of the professional psychotherapeutic community. The change of name also coincided with the launch of a new website giving the Forum a presence on the internet. It is hoped that this will allow the Forum to foster greater links with similar professional groups and individuals here in the UK, Ireland and globally.

In 2014 an article about the IFCP was published in the Irish Times, to read it click here . The group has developed and consolidated its identity over time and would like to make itself more widely known to the Irish community and to increase its membership. It would, therefore, welcome applications from new members. If you would like further information, please turn to our FAQ or contact pages.


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