Are You Fit to practice? Teaching Art Psychotherapy Under State Regulation.

Jones, Kevin. 2009. 'Are You Fit to practice? Teaching Art Psychotherapy Under State Regulation.'. In: Are You Fit to Practise? From Ethical Framework to Model fo Good Behaviour?. College of Psychoanalysts Birkbeck, United Kingdom. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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This paper suggests ways in which future state regulation might affect training in counselling and psychotherapy. It situates ‘fitness to practice’ in relation to the marketization and regulation of higher education and the public sector.

It describes how state regulation influences the teaching of theory and practice on the MA Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths. The effects of HPC regulation are also influenced by the universities Quality Assurance Agency, the drive towards education geared toward ‘’Skills for Industry’’ and in the NHS, providing training linked to government policy regarding Skills for Health, Increased Access to Psychological Therapies and ‘Evidence Based Practice’.

These agendas combine to increase bureaucracy and intensify the micromanagement of a workload focused on regulatory procedures. As this model is internalised by practioners, students and clients are increasingly related to as consumers of goods and services. For trainings in counselling and psychotherapy, the character ‘fit to practice’ will be a character fit to practice relationships of exchange in the neo-liberal market place.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


State Regulation Ethics Psychotherapy Psychoanalysis

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)


6 June 2009Completed

Event Location:

College of Psychoanalysts Birkbeck, United Kingdom

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Date Deposited:

12 Nov 2010 11:45

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10 Jul 2017 10:43


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