Would joining IPN mean I have to give up my membership of UKCP or BACP?
No, participation in IPN doesn’t rule out such membership, it is your choice how you respond to employers or other demands for accountability.

How does IPN differ from other methods of accountability?
IPN adds to ‘qualifications’ a way of holding accountability to clients (and other employers) that is based on continuing face-to-face relationship with peers, along with appropriate personal and professional disclosure, and IPN enables different practitioner styles to co-exist in the same group,.

What exactly does ‘standing by’ mean?
It means that participants in a forming IPN group do whatever they decide is necesssary, e.g. self and peer assesment, to get to know each other well enough to be able to stand by their work as practitioners.

Why does IPN give so much emphasis to ‘standing by’?
An essential aspect of the IPN ‘standing by’ process is that through the ongoing face to face support and challenge it provides a form of continuing quality assurance that minimizes the likelihood of disputes/complaints.

Does IPN participation replace CPD or supervision?
No, though current or recurring supervision issues would be likely to be part of the ‘standing by’ and ongoing group process. IPN is not an educational/training institution, nor are IPN groups therapy groups.

What qualifications does IPN participation or membership bring me?
The emphasis in IPN is less on qualifications and more on your capacity as a practitioner to fulfill what you claim to offer clients. Full member group participants are entitled to say that they are ‘accredited through the IPN process’

IPN sounds like a lot of work, why should I take it on?
We are enthusiastic about IPN and patient with the considerable effort it takes. The reason? We have found that both our practice and our accountability to clients are most responsibly sustained through IPN’s ongoing face-to-face relationships with other practitioners with whom we are mutually committed to support and challenge.

Where did IPN come from?
Two conferences in the early 1990’s sponsored by the Norwich Collective provided a forum for concerns about the professionalization of the psychological therapies. Shortly afterwards, Em Edmondson proposed the core ideas for an independent practitioners group, and beginning in 1995, her scheme was taken forward by Nick Totton and others.

Can anyone, even a person without qualifications join IPN?
Anyone can become a participant, but a person without training would be very unlikely to find a group that would stand by them and their work.

Could I be ‘struck off’ from IPN?
In the extreme event say, of a conviction for an offence against a client, you might be entitled to remain an IPN ‘participant’ but would be very unlikely to find a group that would want you as a member or that would stand by you and your work.

If I want to make a complaint against an IPN practitioner what do I need to do?
We have recently begun to talk about ‘disputes’ rather than complaints as being more appropriate a view of the mistakes, errors, and misunderstandings that can occur in human relating. If you raise a dispute/complaint with a practitioner, his/her group would initially offer you and the practitioner support in resolving your concerns/objections. If this was insufficient or unacceptable then we would make available independent mediation.

Does IPN have a code of practice?
Not as an organization, one of the tasks of each IPN group as it forms is to develop and publish to the IPN network a statement that reflects the ethical stance of the group.