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The Polish Council for Psychotherapy

What is the PCP?

It is a voluntary agreement between the Societies or their sections and academic centers which offer training or/and certification forpsychotherapists in Poland.


The participation of the numerous psychotherapeutic associations in civil consultations on the behalf of the project of an act concerning certainmedical professions (psychotherapy among them) organized by the Ministry of Healthprovideda direct incentive for its creation.   

The Polish Council for Psychotherapy was constituted by founder members (representatives of the training and/or certifying organizations for psychotherapists), who signed a collectively written letter to the Ministry of Health concerning the project of the aforementioned act (the list of the founder members is in the attachment).   

Since then the Council has beenactively participating in projects which aim at the legislation of psychotherapy in Poland, and has worked out its own documents and suggestions on this subject.

The main tasks of the PCP

Legal regulation of the psychotherapeutic profession, which implies:

-          Ensuring thehigh quality of the services provided by professional psychotherapists

-          Elevatingthe importance of the profession

-          Protecting patients’rights

-          Representing common matters of the psychotherapeutic community beforethe administration

-          Exchanging experiences connected withthe training and certification processes and the way of conducting psychotherapy

-          Developing and promotingethical principles and professional standards in psychotherapy

-          Initiating and supportingactivities 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 PCP?

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

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

Achievements ofthe PCP 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 feedbackon 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 ofpsychotherapeutic certificates that have been approvedby the appropriatetraining and/or certifying organizations accordingly to the above-mentioned general outline. The PCP is striving for a refund system which will take into account:

1) the basis of merit

2) the parity of all the training and/or certyfying subjects and

3) granting maximum access for patients to qualified psychotherapists

- Several times the PCP hasintervened when the bylaws of the Ministry of Health and the President of the National Health Fundconnected withthe reimbursement for psychotherapy were discriminating towards a major part of the therapeutic communityin Poland

- After the Ministry of Health renounced making efforts to encompass psychotherapy in the Law for certainmedical 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 PCP’s project of the Law has been completed, the PCP will have the task of giving it legislative power, which will require cooperation with government administrationandparliament deputies amongothers.

  • The PCP 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 PCPwhich have been agreed upon by the Council, the Ministry of Health and the Medical Post-graduate Training Center
  • There are efforts to promotethe PCP, its aims and activities, withpresentations atscientific 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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