The Psychological Therapies Forum was originally formed in 2005 with the purpose of formulating a position in relation to the future regulation of Counselling and Psychotherapy in Ireland. It comprised nominees of Professional Associations and interests in counselling and psychotherapy, assembled for an inaugural meeting with Tim O’Malley, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health at the Department of Health and Children. The assembled delegates decided to meet regularly thereafter, and, in September 2008, made a submission to Government in relation to the statutory regulation of counselling and psychotherapy. This focused on entry to the professional practice of counselling and psychotherapy as well as recommending the key elements of training and education.
The PTF functions collectively as a network of interested parties who continue to advocate for best practice in counselling and psychotherapy training and practice as well as supporting efforts to achieve statutory regulation. The work of the PTF is funded by donations from their member organisations. The contribution of nominees of the various associations is entirely voluntary.
At the time of its original submission to government in 2008, the PTF advocated that there should be distinct educational requirements for entry into the practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy but that, in terms of regulation, the unified title of ‘Psychological Therapies’ be used as a title for the Registration Board for both Counselling and Psychotherapy to recognise areas of overlap between them.