Irish Forum for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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The Irish Forum for Counselling and Psychotherapy consists of a group of counsellors, psychotherapists and analysts who meet in Camden, London to discuss their Irish identity, roots and culture and to explore how this affects them consciously and unconsciously in their clinical work in the UK. Membership benefits include the following:

* Continuing Professional Development

The contact hours of meetings accumulate for CPD as well as preparation time for reading papers or attending seminars with guest speakers.

* Links

Our Links page offers contact information for those seeking a Counsellor or Psychotherapist who works with those from an Irish background, as well as links to the main professional accrediting bodies.

* Guest Speakers

From time to time the Forum invites guest speakers on subjects of Irish and/or professional interest. Our AGM Lecture in November is always a high point of the year and has attracted some excellent speakers. Members of the Forum may also have the opportunity to present papers of interest to colleagues.

* Trainee Membership

Members of the Forum are practitioners working in private practice, the NHS, and in the Charity sector covering a wide range of specialities and interests. The Forum enjoys a diverse membership, from retired colleagues who contribute to the depth of experience in the Forum to more recent graduates new to the profession. Trainees often find the interaction with more experienced colleagues supportive during the course of their studies. Trainees also contribute to the Forum by bringing new ideas and current thinking from the training room.

* Networking

Meeting colleagues throughout the profession is always helpful and the Forum provides each member with a free Internal Directory of members and their interests. Often members are also involved in other groups which can again offer a Networking opportunity. The Forum also maintains links with colleagues who have returned to work in Ireland or who have gone on to work in other parts of the world.

* Social Events

At every meeting of the Forum there is a break with tea and coffee freely provided specifically to allow everyone to socialise and meet each other. Members often like to share social events either as a whole group, or a small number with a particular interest like a theatre outing or lecture of particular interest. Every year the Forum hosts a lunch for all members after our Annual General Meeting. The website also tries to keep up to date with information on social or cultural events of Irish interest.

The Irish Forum for Counselling and Psychotherapy is actively seeking new members and welcomes enquiries from counsellors, psychotherapists and analysts in the UK. If you, or any colleague, would be interested in joining, please have a look through this website. Futher information is contained on the FAQ page and you can download an application form from our 'contact details' page. Even if you are not joining the Forum at this time, all feedback to the website is welcomed.

The Irish Forum for Counselling and Psychotherapy look forward to hearing from you.

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