Why might I want to take part in IPN?
You would be involving yourself in
• a community of other practitioners with whom you could share the delights and difficulties of your work with clients
• a practitioner community devoted to sustaining the values and commitment to ethical practice that you value, along with keeping them open to challenge from peers
• a form of practitioner accountability based on face-to-face relationship rather than rules
• a community of practitioners that honours, alongside counselling and psychotherapy, the diversity of educators, human potential workers, growth workers and allied practitioners.
We welcome practitioners who feel a need for a form of civic accountability sustained and co-created with peers in ways that matches your ethical commitment to client welfare. We believe that ‘Civic accountability’ can affirm practitioner/client responsibility more accurately than ‘regulation’.
What is IPN?
The Independent Practitioners Network offers an authentic model of best practice and accountability through open committed relationships with peers. We are a nationwide network of practitioners of equal status rather than a hierarchical organisation. We work together in linked groups to offer each other mutual support and challenge. We believe that high quality ethical practice is grounded in honesty, integrity, and transparency. We welcome counsellors, psychotherapists, educators, growth workers, and allied practitioners.
Non-hierarchical, low bureaucracy. IPN is inclusive of more or less qualified or registered members. We recognise that there are many routes to being an effective practitioner. The structure is horizontal and multi-centred, rather than vertical and pyramidal. There is no central, standardised code of practice, each peer group creates and circulates its own ethical code.
Freedom of Practice
We are committed to defending freedom of practice, and to creating a culture of openness and challenge. The Network grows out of the belief that no centralised organisation has the right or the ability to decide who should practice therapy, facilitation, or equivalent skills.
The IPN has a commitment to encouraging diverse forms of practice, training, or therapeutic relationship, since we value richly pluralistic and multi-skilled ecology.
The Structure Provides for:
• A powerfully effective means of supporting the interests of both client and practitioner
• Self and peer assessment and accreditation through a continuing process of accountability
• An exciting, stimulating, and creative context for ongoing practitioner development
• Willingness to own mistakes and take responsibility for constructive approaches to improving situations that may result from them.