Two thoughts: 1) Therapy is prohibitively expensive and is often an ongoing treatment lasting many months if not years until progress is made in order to address any psychiatric issues with a “patient”. 2) How will the government fund Psychotherapy when any progress is made in the patients recovery with the sessions being totally inviolate with regards therapist/patient confidentiality? Any therapist who discloses patient confidentiality is in fact ethically guilty of malpractice.
The government’s proposed “therapy” and purported use of “therapists” is therefore, in the circumstances offered, diametrically opposite of the explicit terms of the words, since therapy is supposed to be a curative treatment(therapeutic!)
Last April, more than 400 psychologists, counsellors and academics signed an open letter condemning the profoundly disturbing psychological implications of the government’s austerity and welfare reform measures. The group of professionals said that over the past five years the types of issues causing clients distress had shifted dramatically and now include increasing inequality, outright poverty and benefits claimants being subjected a “new, intimidatory kind of disciplinary regime”.
The signatories of the letter, published in The Guardian, express concern over chancellor George Osborne’s plans, laid out in the latest budget, to embed psychological therapy in a coercive back-to-work agenda. Osborne said the government will aim to give online CBT to 40,000 recipients of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, people on the Fit for Work programme, as well as putting therapists in more than 350 job centres.
The letter stated that the government’s proposed policy of linking social security…
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