Patients, service users and the public are able to choose a Christian counsellor or psychotherapist belonging to a register vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, an independent statutory body, accountable to Parliament.
The Association of Christian Counsellors’ register has been accredited under the Accredited Registers programme. Counsellors and psychotherapists on the Association of Christian Counsellors’ register will be able to display the Accredited Register quality mark, a sign that they belong to a register which meets the Professional Standards Authority’s robust standards.
Tony Ruddle, Executive Chair of the Association of Christian Counsellors, said:
“The work of the association has shown that faith is important to clients – our counsellors have clients from a wide range of faiths – but as counsellors coming from a faith background, our members can appreciate that faith can be so important in the client’s life. People without any specific faith are also attracted because our counsellors understand people who are on a journey to find meaning and purpose in life. The essence of counselling can be illustrated by examples of survivors of abuse or trauma: counselling supports people who have experienced difficult life issues and aids them in moving forward towards a more healthy future.”
Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority said:
“We are very pleased to accredit the Association of Christian Counsellors’ register. Bringing Christian counsellors and psychotherapists into a broad framework of assurance is good for patients, service users and the public and is the best way to promote quality. The programme offers enhanced consumer protection to anyone looking for health and social care services, and gives practitioners the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to good practice.”
Accreditation does not imply that the Authority has assessed the merits of individuals on the register. This remains the responsibility of the Association of Christian Counsellors. It does not mean that the Authority has endorsed a particular therapy or approach, people will need to consider the information provided and decide if it is suitable for them. Accreditation means that the Association of Christian Counsellors’ register meets the Professional Standards Authority’s high standards in governance, standard-setting, education and training, management of the register, complaints handling and information.
Accredited registers encompass a growing range of occupations and organisations and the Professional Standards Authority may accredit more than one register in any particular occupation, as it has for counselling and psychotherapy. For further information see Accredited Registers.
Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
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