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Richards, J. Sandler, A. (1993). Letter: The British Confederation of Psychotherapists. Free Associations, 4(1):115-116.

(1993). Free Associations, 4(1):115-116

Letter: The British Confederation of Psychotherapists

Joscelyn Richards and Anne-Marie Sandler

Dear Editor,

We thought the readers of your journal would be interested in receiving a brief report concerning the formation of the BCP and an update of subsequent developments.

In January 1992, ten longstanding psychoanalytically-oriented organizations met informally to consider the developments taking place in the United Kingdom Standing Conference for Psychotherapy (now the UK Council for Psychotherapy). They were concerned that the diversity of standards and trainings and the size of the Analytical Psychotherapy Section (now renamed the Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Section) with its 32 organizations posed insuperable problems to the establishment of appropriately rigorous standards for trainings at all levels.

As a result of this meeting a Working Party was set up to make proposals for a new organization that would adequately define and protect the training and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and on 8 March The British Confederation of Psychotherapists was formed. It has now been agreed that the character of the BCP is best represented by the following addition to the title: Psycho-Analysts, Analytical Psychologists, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists and Child Psychotherapists. Together these disciplines comprise the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The member organizations of the BCP recognize that there are other forms of psychotherapy but consider the BCP is only competent to set standards in relation to the training and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The

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