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Flower, S. (2013). The British Psychotherapy Foundation and the BJP. Brit. J. Psychother., 29(3):419.

(2013). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 29(3):419


The British Psychotherapy Foundation and the BJP

Steven Flower

On 31 March 2013 the British Association of Psychotherapists, Lincoln Clinic and Centre for Psychotherapy and London Centre for Psychotherapy merged to create a new organization, the British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF). This is a somewhat unusual occurrence in a world where proliferation and fragmentation are rather more common. The discussions and the development of a model spanned around four years, with a huge number of meetings, documents and consultations of various kinds. The merger was intended to move the three organizations from an ongoing preoccupation with survival towards a greater possibility of thriving in the coming years. We hope that it will be of benefit not only to the three founding organizations and their members but also to the profession as a whole.

For the British Journal of Psychotherapy it also represents a change of ownership. Previously, the British Association of Psychotherapists had been partnering Wiley Blackwell. Now it is the BPF. We realize that this has generated some concern. Would this new larger organization throw its weight around in a way that might shift the balance of the BJP? We strongly believe this will not be the case. Firstly, the BPF will be focused strongly on building its own organizational foundations and pursuing its own development. Secondly, it is emphatically in the interests of the BPF that the BJP should be the most successful and creative journal that it can possibly be. This is the responsibility not of the BPF, but of the BJP Editorial Board, very ably led by Ann Scott, the Journal's Editor, and strongly supported by Wiley Blackwell and their excellent staff.

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