Who runs APPCIOS?

Our trustees: Bob Hinshelwood, Sebastian Kraemer, Meg Munn MP, Janet Strivens.
Our management committee:  Tony Harms (Registrar and Secretary), Jenny Sprince (Chair), Patrick Tomlinson, Judith Trowell, Diane Wells, Alan Worthington.
Our accreditation committee:  Lydia Tischler, Judith Trowell (Chair), Diane Wells, Alan Worthington.
Our consultants:    Janet Strivens (Educationalist), Peter Wilson (Development).

Can APPCIOS provide a supportive professional home for clinicians who work in a way that combines both organisational, group and individual psychodynamic thinking?

This is one of the primary functions we hope to perform, with your help and participation.

We are doing this through:

A series of confidential blog sites for ongoing discussion, including a dedicated blog site for clinical work discussion;
An ongoing series of webinars
Series of conferences (planned)
Support in expanding the market for members’ organisational, consultative and training work in the public and private sectors;
Individual support and advice;
Provision of individual therapy and supervision
Support for research;
Support for CPD programmes.

We would value your ideas about other ways in which you would wish to be supported.

 Will APPCIOS explain the value of this way of working to commissioners, managers and politicians?

This is an aim we support, and something we hope to address collaboratively with the BPC and other organisations. We believe that commissioners, civil servants, and politicians will welcome an approach that ‘upskills’ members of the workforce, who already deal with vulnerable clients, both in the private and public sectors: it is a strategy that offers clear economic advantages. We intend to build appropriate relationships with policy-makers, and with those who influence them, wherever we can, and have been taking a few preliminary steps in that direction.

Will APPCIOS articulate a more precise definition for this application of psychodynamic thinking, without using words that have become contaminated?

We hope to develop such a language over time through the relationships we build with commissioners, civil servants and politicians, as well as through discussions and the exchange of ideas on our blog sites. However, we do not intend to disguise our allegiance to psychoanalytic thinking.

Will APPCIOS produce a clear Business Plan?

We are incorporated, and plan to register as a Charity. We do not expect to operate as a for-profit organisation, but we obviously need to find a way of generating income. We have a Strategic Development Plan, and will be reviewing it in the light of your comments. We hope to post an abbreviated version on our blog site in due course.

 Will APPCIOS accept members who are not also members of the BPC?

APPCIOS has two functions:
It promotes and supports psychodynamic practice and counselling within organisational settings. As such we welcome all practitioners who support our aims and are happy to offer them associate membership.

It provides a clinical accreditation and the support of a professional body to those who fulfil its accreditation criteria. These professional members are eligible for membership of the BPC. The BPC is applying for regulation with the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) – the Regulatory Authority that will guarantee the credentials of psychotherapists and counsellors to the general public, and to NHS commissioners. These professional members will therefore be employable within the NHS and other workplaces that require statutory qualifications. Full members of APPCIOS are therefore required to become members of the BPC in order to be registered as accredited clinicians.