Welcome to the Division of Counselling Psychology
Division of Counselling Psychology Committee 2016
Chair: Cormac O'Connor
Secretary: Megan Gaffney
Treasurer: Daragh Keogh
Membership Secretary: Nicola Elmer
Vice Chair: Ian O'Grady
Vice Chair: Dermot O'Callaghan
Student Representitive: Rachal Flanagan
Student Representitive: Rochelle Toolan Ordinary Members:
Jean McCabe Strange
The Aims of the Division
1. To promote the development of Counselling Psychology as a legitimate body of psychological knowledge and as a professional field of psychological activity.
2. To encourage scientific research in counselling psychology and to promote the dissemination of existing knowledge.
3. To promote and maintain high ethical and professional standards among counselling
4. To develop public awareness of the nature, aims and practical applications of counselling
5. To work closely with the Psychological Society of Ireland, hereinafter referred to as the Society, in pursuit of these aims and, where appropriate, to collaborate with external agencies and organisations.
6. To liaise with relevant bodies at National, European Union and International level in the
promotion of the profession of Counselling Psychology. Criteria to join the Division: 1. MEMBERSHIP
1.1 Membership of the Division is open only to members of the Society. There are two categories of membership of the Division; these are as follows:
1.2 Full Membership
An applicant for full membership must fulfil one of the following conditions:
(a) Hold a Doctoral level postgraduate professional qualification in Counselling Psychology as recognised by the Council of the Society
(b) Have such training and/or experience as may be regarded by the Division Committee and or the Membership, Qualifications and Registration Committee of the Psychological Society of Ireland as equivalent to 3.2 (a) above
(c) On completion of formal training to Masters level have gained an additional 400 hours of supervised client contact at a ratio of one hour supervision to eight hours client contact (i.e. 1:8 ratio, supervised by suitably qualified personnel). This is not required for applicants trained to Doctoral level
1.3 Application for membership of the Division is made to the Division Committee. In instances where the applicant is seeking membership through equivalency, as in 3.2 (b) above, the application may be sent to the Membership, Qualifications and Registration Committee of the Psychological Society of Ireland
1.4 An application for membership of the Division shall be signed by two members of the Division who may be required to attest to the applicant’s suitability for Division membership.
1.5 Affiliate Membership
1.6 Affiliate membership of the Division is open to graduate members or other subscribers of the Society who fulfil one of the following conditions:
(a) be a student on a postgraduate professional training course in Counselling Psychology recognised by the Council of the Society; or
(b) be a student on a postgraduate professional training course in Counselling Psychology as may be regarded by the Division Committee as equivalent to 3.11 (a) above.
(c) be working in an area of counselling psychology recognised for this purpose by the Division Committee; or
(d) be engaged in an area of work related to counselling psychology recognised for this purpose by the Division Committee.
1.7 Application for Affiliate membership shall be made to the Division Committee.
1.8 Affiliates of the Division are not entitled to hold office or to vote.
1.9 The Division Secretary shall keep a register of full members and affiliates.
1.10 Conversion Clause
1.11 Former Members of the Counselling Psychology Group fulfilling the requirements listed in 3.11 above shall all become Affiliates of the Division, except for those fulfilling the requirements listed in 3.2 (a), (b) or (c) above who shall become members of the Division.