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Young, R.M. (1993). Introduction: The Profession of Psychotherapy in Britain. Free Associations, 4(1):79-84.

(1993). Free Associations, 4(1):79-84

The Psychotherapy Profession

Introduction: The Profession of Psychotherapy in Britain

Robert M. Young

A quarterly periodical is not the best forum for writing about rapidly developing situations. I have for years wanted to publish articles about the development of what was formerly known as the Rugby Conference, was then designated as the United Kingdom Standing Conference on Psychotherapy (UKSCP), and is now called the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I asked many people, and each declined. Their reasons varied, but here is a sample: ‘I could not say in print what's really happening without libelling people, losing my credibility, or being seen as destructive.’ ‘Mine is only a partial perspective; it's too complicated to explain.’ It will be possible to write about it in X months, when certain decisions have been taken. In the meantime, what one could glean depended on how assiduous one's representative to the conference was about reporting back. Many people just want to get on with it and eschew gossip and what they see as endless bureaucratic wrangles.

I dare say that our international readership will already be wondering if this topic is of interest to them. I think it is.

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