What is the PRP?
The Polish Psychotherapy Council – Federation of Associations – is an organisation of associations which accredit psychotherapy training centres and/or provide psychotherapy training themselves. It was registered in the National Court Register under the number 0000739800. Currently, it associates 17 organisations having the status of ordinary members. 4 more organisations are in the application process.
The Polish Psychotherapy Council has been a forum for psychotherapists and their organizations for over 12 years. In 2018, a decision was made to formally register the Council in the form of a federation of associations. This was an extremely important step, giving the Council the opportunity to undertake a wider spectrum of activities for the benefit of psychotherapy in Poland. It was also a result of meetings and discussions in the Ministry of Health.
The main tasks of the PRP
- Taking care of the status and legitimacy of the profession of a psychotherapist.
- Supporting the development of psychotherapy in Poland.
- Developing and consulting draft legislative solutions concerning the training and certification of psychotherapists and the provision of psychotherapy.
- Representation of common interests of the psychotherapists’ community in contacts with state and international institutions and other organizations.
- Sharing experiences related to the training and certification of psychotherapists and the way of practising psychotherapy.
- Creation, development and promotion of rules and standards concerning the profession of a psychotherapist and practising psychotherapy.
- Initiating and supporting activities with a view to the well-being and safety of clients/patients using psychotherapeutic services.
- Informing interested groups about the work carried out in the field of psychotherapy.
The objectives and principles of the Council’s operation were defined by representatives of various organisations as early as 2007. In 2018 they were confirmed and expanded in the Articles of the Federation of Associations. In view of the overriding goal, which is the cooperation of various organizations (representing the whole spectrum of psychotherapy approaches in Poland), the possibility of membership was guaranteed both to societies and associations, as well as sections of associations with psychotherapists as members.
In the opinion of the Polish Psychotherapy Council it is extremely important to ensure wide access to psychotherapy provided by people who have completed a comprehensive training in psychotherapy and hold a psychotherapist’s certificate for all patients experiencing mental health problems. This is every patient’s fundamental right. The Polish Council of Psychotherapy – Federation of Associations – sees the need to unify ministerial provisions on psychotherapeutic approaches, so that the catalogue includes psychoanalytical, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, humanistic-experiential, systemic and integrative psychotherapy methods.