Regulating the Psychological Therapies: From Taxonomy to Taxidermy

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Keeping track of the arguments for and against state regulation and how, if or why the psychological therapies should become state sponsored, has been an onerous task in recent years. For many practitioners, the institutional politics and disinformation around the regulation topic have tended to breed boredom and apathy. Why so? Might it be because informed consent to state regulation has tended to seem out of the question? And that considering the work we do, this is perceived as incongruous? Denis Postle chronicles 16 years of scrutiny and practical development of civic accountability for the psychological therapies. He shows how vested interests, which in the last decade successfully seduced an otherwise uninterested government into bringing forward state regulation, now find that they have got their wish but tragically for clients and practitioners alike, not in the form they sought. "Regulating the Psychological Therapies" invites the reader to reassess their attitudes to state regulation, arguing that due to attempts to control the market for the psychological therapies, a deep confusion of ends and means has arisen. While intended to protect clients, legislation will be ineffective in this aim; conversely, through compromising innovation and favouring psychological monocultures, state regulation will damage and restrict clients' experience.

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Denis Postle is an artist, writer and musician who has had a counselling, coaching, supervision and psychotherapy practice in West London for over 20 years. He has co-run a variety of personal and professional development workshops and trainings focused around cooperative enquiry and facilitation. His approach to psychopractice seeks to help clients integrate politics, psychology and spirituality.

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Denis Postle confronts the status quo with its blind spots. He questions our compliance to 'professionalism' while reminding us that love and respect for the human condition cannot be legislated into us. I believe we need to consider what he says carefully if we are to avoid identifying ourselves with the alienating political and social conditions that bring our clients to us in the first place. This book is essential reading to all those who wish to make the practice of psychotherapy a fit home for the human spirit. Professor Paul Barber, The Metanoia Institute. 'This book is a relentless expose of the spurious claim that statutory regulation of psychotherapy is needed to protect the public. It chronicles the sustained machinations of a profession in pursuit of protection of its status by government edict, a pursuit that is driven by hidden and self-serving fear. Denis Postle reminds us that human helping calls for an open, unfettered and self-regulating professionalism which honours the wide-ranging liberation and flourishing of its clients.' John Heron, Retired Assistant Director, British Postgraduate Medical Federation, University of London 'Every therapeutic practitioner in Britain should by now be thinking through the issue of State Regulation, and Denis Postle's book is essential reading in this process. Combining a stunning overview of the field with passionate exploration into the arguments, it not only clarifies the subject but also provides a crucial counterbalance to conservative views. If you haven't yet read Regulating the Psychological Therapies, you haven't yet seen the whole picture on State Regulation.' Susan Quilliam, agony aunt, relationship psychologist, broadcaster and author.

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