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Employment and NHS IAPT

February 2020

NHS IAPT and Employment

I am delighted to be able to tell you that ACC registered, and accredited counsellors have been accepted as eligible to work for the NHS in Improved Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services. For more information about IAPT in general please see https://www.england.nhs.uk/mental-health/adults/iapt/

The IAPT manual will be updated in the next few weeks to reflect this new recognition of eligibility of ACC accreditation. The counselling interventions and training programmes for which ACC accredited members will be eligible to participate in are:
o Counselling for Depression (CfD)
o Couple Therapy for Depression (CTfD)
o Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)
o Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for Depression

There have been many months of work behind the scenes to achieve this recognition. We have also had the support of key people in the Professional Standards Authority and a leading counselling membership organisation who have recognised that our counsellors meet and maintain high professional standards. I would also like to personally thank one of our members whose individual case for recognition of her ACC Accreditation within an IAPT service allowed us to raise this issue on her behalf. With gentle persistence we have been able to make and win the case for inclusion.

This case has highlighted the value of becoming an accredited counsellor. It is a gateway to employment in larger institutional settings as well as many other smaller counselling enterprises. In private practice it demonstrates that you have been practising for some time and have achieved the next level of professional standing. If you have already gained accreditation with another counselling membership body – please contact us and we see whether this accreditation is eligible for our transfer route. If you are thinking about applying for accreditation and have any questions, we are happy to arrange to speak with you and take you through the process.

We continue to seek prayer to support not only ACC counsellors, but the work done by counsellors everywhere. It is lovely to provide news that is worthy of rejoicing and thanksgiving.

Kathy Spooner