Psychotherapy is a profession/specialisation specified under number 229905 in the classification of professions and specialisations introduced by the regulation of the Minister of Labour and Social Policy of 7th August 2014 concerning classification of professions and specialisations for use in the labour market and its scope of application (Journal of Laws 2014, item 1145). It is included in the “Health care professionals not classified elsewhere” category.
The regulation of the Minister of Health of 6th November 2013 concerning guaranteed benefits in the field of psychiatric care and addiction treatment (Journal of Laws 2013, item 1386) specifies “individuals who provide psychotherapy” and “individuals applying for a psychotherapist certificate”.
10 years ago, seeing the need for legal regulations concerning the profession of psychotherapist, the Polish Psychotherapy Council initiated the process of elaborating professional standards, ethical principles, certification standards and hour minima. At the time, it became a forum of cooperation between associations of Polish psychotherapists. For years, PRP has been actively participating in consultations and drawing up of draft bills and regulations concerning the profession of psychotherapist and the application of psychotherapy, and has been actively cooperating with the Ministry of Health.
Important statutory purposes of PRP include drawing up and evaluating draft legislation concerning the profession of psychotherapist in Poland, representing joint interests of PRP member-associations and cooperation with state and local government administration entities involved in elaborating regulations concerning the profession of psychotherapist, psychotherapy and broadly conceived mental health.