Changes in the National Counselling Society • [Podcast for Counsellors]

Special Edition – New Changes in the National Counselling Society

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In this week’s special edition of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes speaks with Jyles Robillard-Day of the National Counselling Society (NCS) about some new changes within the NCS that you can look forward to:

  • A change in name – from the National Counselling Society (NCS) to the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society (NCPS).
  • The launching of a new website.
  • And finally, a new sub-register.

Changing Name: From NCS to NCPS [starts at 01:24 mins]

  • Some members of the NCS identify as psychotherapists but felt they weren’t being represented in the name.
  • Through a democratic vote between the members, it was decided that a name change was needed for better representation of all members and better representation to the public.
  • However, this will be a long process full of changes – but members are asked not to do anything yet and await an email with further information.

New NCS Website [starts at 07:11 mins]

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  • Focused on making the website more accessible and easy to navigate for the general public, members, and potential clients.
  • Work towards making the counselling directory a fantastic resource – being able to find support easily.
  • Making an easier pathway for the public to find the therapist for them.

New NCS Sub-Register [starts at 10:00 mins]

  • Launching a new sub-register for counselling children and young people is one of the upcoming changes in the NCS.
  • You’ll have to already be a member of the NCS (soon to be NCPS), and provide evidence of additional skills and competencies to work with children and young people.
  • This will help make it easier for children and young people to get the help and support they may need.
  • As a part of SCoPEd since 2020, the NCS took their members concerns into account and the Jan 2022 framework was released.
  • There is now less academic language and more talk of the therapeutic relationship.
  • The release of this year’s framework was Phase One. Now working on Phase Two, there are three key elements:
    • An impact assessment of the new framework.
    • Putting names to the three framework columns (currently just A, B and C).
    • And looking at mechanisms to allow people to transition up the columns such as experience, CPD, and other learning – making sure all SCoPEd partners have the same mechanisms.

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