Update on Statutory Regulation of Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Update December 2023

As part of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Registration Board’s progress towards introducing statutory regulation for the counselling and psychotherapy professions, it developed distinct draft Standards of Proficiency and Criteria for Education and Training Programmes for both professions.

A public consultation commenced on 4 September 2023 which invited feedback from stakeholders, including members of the professions, education providers, employers, professional bodies and members of the public. The consultation closed on 1 December 2023.

There was significant engagement from stakeholders across both consultations. CORU wishes to thank all those who took the time to submit feedback through the online questionnaire, via email or submit hardcopy written feedback.

The Registration Board will now take the time to review and analyse all the individual submissions received during the consultation process. 

Following this extensive review activity, the Board will communicate the next steps in the process towards introducing statutory regulation for counsellors and psychotherapists.