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UKCP, BACP, BPC, BPS (Counselling Psychology), Other Training Orgs: End Discrimination on Grounds of Race, Gender and Sexual Diversity

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An Online Petition to achieve meaningful change
in the areas of Gender & Sexual Diversities (GSD) & Race
to all Training Accreditation Bodies & their Member Organisations
in the fields of Counselling, Psychotherapies, & Psychologies

We the undersigned call on the professions and professionals to acknowledge our failure to achieve meaningful change in the areas of GSD (Gender & Sexual Diversities) and Race in training and ethical practice.

We jointly declare that:

The moral imperative by UKCP, BACP, BPC, and others to encourage their member organisations to adopt curricula content, recruitment and minority treatment in GSD (Gender & Sexual Diversity) and Race have failed to achieve significant or widespread changes.

The legal imperative needs to stand in place of this moral failure to prevent damage to clients, legally vulnerable practitioners and students/trainees in clinical, ethical and educational contexts. We invoke the 2010 Equalities Act as the minimum benchmark of best practice required in our professions.

The moral failure throughout training organisations and their regulators has been caused, in part, by an unconscious bias which cannot be addressed from within the professions since it is unconscious to the professions. It will require the active role and engagement of outside expertise in the Equalities Act to audit, evaluate and recommend practical steps forward to make meaningful changes in GSD/Race issues set out in the Equalities Act.

We seek to acknowledge and own our personal, professional and institutional discrimination in GSD/Race which have provided little more than good intentions and paper policies on the whole. We have collectively ignored the point or denied the practice of implementation in course content, curricula, recruitment and minority treatment in GSD/Race. We stand in breach of Equality Law which could potentially be enforced against individual practitioners or institutions through litigation, whilst causing damage to clients and students who suffer for too long before they can complain. We have ignored mental health inequalities based on GSD/Race and are unaware of how our institutions discriminate directly, indirectly, through harassment and victimisation at systemic levels and in individual cases.

We want:

An end to denials, professed ignorance or politically/procedurally correct cover ups of items in our declaration.

The use of outside expertise in the 2010 Equalities Act with the remit to take positive action that directly addresses the unconscious bias of our professions regarding both GSD and Race, which will genuinely address and rebalance the existing disavowals and inequalities in GSD/Race course content, training, curriculum structure, recruitment, legal and ethical practice.

An urgent timescale for long overdue implementation of recommendations from Equalities experts.

This petition was initiated by Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR)’s 6th Psychotherapy and Politics annual conference.

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