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What is the PRP?

It is a voluntary agreement between the Societies or their sections which accredit or offer training for psychotherapists in Poland. From 2018 its a federation of associations registered by Polish Commercial Court under no KRS: 0000739800.

The Polish Psychotherapy Council is the only one federation of associations in Poland representing psychotherapists from all 5 groups of approaches:

  • psychoanalytical-psychodynamic,
  • cognitive-behavioural,
  • humanistic-experiential,
  • systemic,
  • integrative.

The main tasks of the PRP

Legal regulation of the psychotherapeutic profession, which implies:

  • Ensuring the high quality of the services provided by professional psychotherapists
  • Elevating the importance of the profession
  • Protecting patients’ rights
  • Representing common matters of the psychotherapeutic community before the administration
  • Exchanging experiences connected with the training and certification processes and the way of conducting psychotherapy
  • Developing and promoting ethical principles and professional standards in psychotherapy
  • Initiating and supporting activities which serve the well-being and safety of the patients who undertake psychotherapy and the development of psychotherapy in Poland

Who may be a member of the PRP?

According to the PCP bylaw, the representatives of the nation-wide associations or their sections providing complete postgraduate training and/or certification for psychotherapists can be members of PRP if they qualify in the following standards:

  1. They form a legal entity
  2. They have been operational for at least 3 years
  3. They have provided systematic complete postgraduate training for psychotherapists for at least 4 years (minimum 1200 hours) or certification programs for psychotherapists who are trained in other associations or academic centers

Achievements of the PRP thus far

  • Cooperation with the Ministry of Health in working out a legislative project for the psychotherapist profession (as a part of the Law on some medical professions). Providing feedback on the Ministry’s propositions.
    • as a part of the above-mentioned activities, the PCP has worked out a general outline of a complete training in psychotherapy. It defines the minimum quantitative requirements and the basic elements of the training in a way that respects the specificity of each therapeutic approach. From the start, the PCP has aimed for equal treatment by the Ministry of Health and the National Health Fund of psychotherapeutic certificates that have been approved by the appropriate training and/or certifying organizations accordingly to the above-mentioned general outline. The PCP is striving for a refund system which will take into account:
      • the basis of merit
      • the parity of all the training and/or certifying subjects and
      • granting maximum access for patients to qualified psychotherapists
  • Several times the PCP has intervened when the bylaws of the Ministry of Health and the President of the National Health Fund connected with the reimbursement for psychotherapy were discriminating towards a major part of the therapeutic community in Poland
  • After the Ministry of Health renounced making efforts to encompass psychotherapy in the Law for certain medical professions because it proved impossible in practice, the PCP started to prepare its own project of the Law for the psychotherapeutic profession, which it is in process. There are some issues that still need to be negotiated.

Further lines of action

After the PRP’s project of the Law has been completed, the PRP will have the task of giving it legislative power, which will require cooperation with government administration and parliament deputies among others.

  • The PRP will continue its efforts to obtain equality from the National Health Fund in its policy towards the certificates of all the organizations adhering to the minimal training standards defined by the PRP which have been agreed upon by the Council, the Ministry of Health and the Medical Post-graduate Training Center
  • There are efforts to promote the PRP, its aims and activities, with presentations at scientific conferences organized by associations which are members of the Council and other organizers; in the future there is a possibility of organizing conferences and seminars on selected issues in psychotherapy.
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