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What is IPN?

The Independent Practitioners Network offers an authentic model of best practice 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.

IPN structure

Non-hierarchical, low bureaucracy. IPN is inclusive of more or less qualified or registered members, since 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.

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 practise therapy, facilitation or equivalent skills.

Open definitions

Has a commitment to encouraging diverse forms of practice, training or therapeutic relationship, since we value a 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.

Peer validation

The unit of membership is a group of at least five practitioners who know and stand by each others work; who take responsibility for supporting each others good practice and the good practice of other groups in the Network; and who address any problems or conflicts in their work.

The group seeks to establish the quality of its members work through personal ongoing interaction - consistent with our belief that this most effectively facilitates authentic practice. A full member group is required to have formed cross-links with other groups, through which the process of peer support and challenge is widened and deepened.

This document was last modified on October 14 2012
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