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Pokorny, M. (1989). “Rugby” Psychotherapy Conference the United Kingdom Standing Conference for Psychotherapy. Brit. J. Psychother., 5(3):463-464.

(1989). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 5(3):463-464


“Rugby” Psychotherapy Conference the United Kingdom Standing Conference for Psychotherapy

M.R. Pokorny

Dear Sir,

The eighth and last meeting of the ‘Rugby’ Psychotherapy Conference was held at the University of Kent at Canterbury on the weekend of 6th, 7th and 8th of January 1989, attended by 120 delegates from 66 psychotherapy organisations. At this meeting the process of inaugurating the Standing Conference reached its climax and a new phase in the organisation of the profession of psychotherapy began.

We inserted the words United Kingdom in front of our new title as we had become aware of the meaning and closeness of the recognition of professional qualifications in the EEC. At its simplest, UK psychotherapists will only be able to practice in other EEC countries if they are on some sort of register of their profession. Registered psychotherapists from any EEC country will be able to practice in any other EEC country even if the other country does not have a register. So that reciprocity is of registrations.

The Standing Conference has a federal structure, in which psychotherapy organisations are grouped together by consent and each Section makes its own rules of entry, which have to be agreed by all the other Sections, so that they have to make sense and cannot be esoteric or whimsical. The membership of each organisation must be reviewed every five years by its own Section, so that standards are at least maintained.

The Council of the Conference is made up of one representative from each Section, seven in all at present, but this number may well increase over time, one representative from each of the three Special Members, four representatives elected at the AGM across the Conference, and three Officers also elected at the AGM from those Delegates present.

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