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International Conference addresses the future of psychotherapy and counselling

Roehampton psychology expert and students will discuss the future of psychotherapy and counselling this week at the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association International Conference at the University of Oxford.

Posted: 4 December 2015

Professor Del Loewenthal, Director of the Research Centre for Therapeutic Education at the University of Roehampton will open the conference. He will address the future of long-term and open-ended psychotherapy and counselling in the face of the significant reduction of public funding in the UK and other countries. The conference will also present research evidence which has convinced Swedish and German governments to sustain such services and consider the effect on the public’s access and attitudes to private psychotherapy and counselling.

Nine postgrad students from the Department of Psychology will also present papers. Topics will include rethinking long term therapy for people diagnosed with schizophrenia and the importance of open-ended therapy for people with terminal illness.

Professor Loewenthal said: “This event provides a useful opportunity to reappraise long-term and open-ended talking therapies in the UK. As provisions for long term therapy services decline, this could restrict access to people who cannot afford to pay for private therapy. On the other hand, if short term therapy continues to be offered, then there is a risk that individuals who perhaps require longer term, open ended therapy will not be able to access the support they need.”

To find out more about the conference on Saturday 5 December visit: http://www.upca.org.uk/news

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